The Deputy Co-ordinating Director of the Suhum District Assembly, Mr Nuamah Ofori, has cautioned students and pupils against being used by politicians as instruments for destruction.
He said as the general election drew nearer, there was the possibility of some politicians using them as tools to do all sorts of negative things that would not only affect their studies but their physical well-being.
Mr Ofori sounded the caution when he addressed pupils of the El-Shaddai Primary and Junior High Schools at Suhum to mark this year’s Citizenship Day Monday.
The event, which was organised by the Suhum District Office of the National Commission for Civil Education (NCCE), was to educate the pupils on their civil responsibility.
They were taken through topics such as citizenship, general elections, voluntarism and the upcoming general election.
According to Mr Ofori, the 1992 Constitution entreated pupils to be united and live in peace with others and to protect public property against all forms of destruction, particularly as Ghana goes to the polls in December.
In that respect, Mr Ofori said the District Security Committee (DISEC) was doing all things possible to ensure an incident-free election in the area.
That, according to him, was to help fulfil President John Evans Atta Mills’s pledge that the country would conduct this year’s elections to pass the litmus test to consolidate Ghana’s fledgling democracy.
He advised the pupils to be respectful to their parents, teachers and the elderly.
The Suhum District Director of the NCCE, Mr Cephas Kofi Agboada, said the commission believed that the formative period in a person’s life was so crucial to the character formation, as such it was imperative that schoolchildren must be well educated on their civic responsibilities.
That, he said, would enable them to grow and become responsible citizens.
“As we have all observed the challenges Ghana’s democracy is encountering, it is the commission’s aim to groom children right from the primary school to inculcate in them their civic responsibilities so that they will take up their national responsibilities serious in the foreseeable future,” he stated.