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07.03.2013 Politics

Ghanaian delegation to UN Conference in New York marks Independence Day

LISTEN MAR 7, 2013

OYE AND OTHERS New York, March 7, GNA - The Ghanaian delegation attending the United Nations 57th session on the status of women on Wednesday marked the 56th anniversary of Ghana's independence with the singing of the National Anthem and other patriotic songs at the UN headquarters.

Led by the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur and other members of the team, all in national colours, marked the day in a special way which attracted the international media and nationals of other African countries to join Ghana to celebrate the day.

In a short address, Nana Oye Lithur urged Ghanaians to use the independence day celebration to reflect and move forward in unity for the attainment of a 'Better Ghana,' irrespective of one's political orientation.

'We must move away from divisive politics and focus on national development. Ghana must set new political and economic agenda for Africa. It is time to support each other for development. The pull him/her down syndrome must come to an end with the celebration of the 56th independence anniversary.

'For the past 56 years, we as a nation have gone through interesting and challenging times, democratically, economically and socially. We are of age and must face our destiny and move forward hand-in-hand for the development of a better Ghana'.

Nana Oye Lithur in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, used the occasion to commend President John Dramani Mahama, late President John Evans Atta Mills, former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor for the roles they have individually played in strengthening the pillars of democracy and the fourth republic.

'I use this day to commend the founder of the nation, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, as well as Dr Hilla Limann and Dr K. A Busia for their role in building the state called Ghana,' Nana Oye Lithur stated.

Other members of the delegation including leaders of civil society organizations, Members of Parliament, Public Service personnel, and media practitioners shared the joy of Ghana attaining 56 years as an independent nation.

 (From: Francis Ameyibor, GNA Special Correspondent, New York)

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