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29.12.2009 General News

Help Attain Millennium Development Goals — Attoh

By Daily Graphic
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The Volta Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr Fidelis S.K  Attoh, has charged directors and other stakeholders at different levels of the commission to be conversant with relevant directives towards the attainment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

He said all programmes or service activities undertaken by the commission fell within the ambit and prescriptions of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Mr Attoh was delivering a speech at the Third Volta Regional District Directors’ conference of the NCCE at Ho. It was designed to help the participants take stock of their activities for the year.

He stressed that the development of the nation was the ultimate objective and that all service activities or outreach programmes of the NCCE must be geared at attaining that goal.

Mr Attoh said staff of the NCCE should nip in the bud apparent arrogance, parallel administration tendencies, disregard for workplace authority and chain of command, idle gossip, poor work attendance and absenteeism.

He was particularly concerned about what he termed, the threat of staff hegemony and the god-father syndrome which he said, had badly emboldened some staff to deal directly with the national headquarters without recourse to the regional directorate.

In an address, the secretary to the NCCE, Mr Tito Voegborlo called on the staff of the commission to gear themselves up to educate the public on the population and housing census and the local government elections scheduled to take off next year in 2010.

He reminded the directors that the mandate of NCCE was to instill the spirit of good citizenship for development and urged them to always focus on their daily functions.

He called on every district to develop a data base in order to become sources of credible information in the districts, stressing that, “ the offices should be so equipped with information that anybody could go there for basic data on the districts”.

Mr  Voegborlo noted that the fifth function which bordered on “ to assess for information of the government, the limits to the achievement of democracy caused by inequalities between the different levels and to make recommendation to government to redress these inequalities”, was being ignored and urged them to revive their operations to urgently address the omission.

He charged the district directors to carry out civic education to every corner of the districts and to be accurate in their reportage so that work done in the field could be accurately captured for the attention of all stakeholders.

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