03.05.2004 Regional News

DCE reiterates need to defend constitution

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Assin Foso (C/R) May 3, GNA - The Assin District Chief Executive, Mr Kwabena Karikari Apau, on Friday, urged Ghanaians to make the Fourth Republican Constitution, the 10th in the history of the nation, workable, because

Ghana does not need an 11th constitution.

He expressed concern that, since 1901, Ghana has had 10 constitutions, largely through an unhealthy and unnecessary military interventions and pointed out that, the "experimentation is too much, expensive and inconveniencing".

Mr Apau, who was launching the district's "constitutional week" celebration at Assin Foso, said the present constitution was still within its "embryonic formation and teething stage" of the nation's teenage democracy and that, it would be a jolt in the developmental stride of the country if the constitution was abolished. In this regard, he appealed to the leaders and elders of the nation to lead lives worthy of emulation and send right signals of peace and well being to the grassroots, to promote the democratic system. Touching on development projects, Mr Apau said with the elevation of Assin Foso to an urban council status, new development projects like the installation of television transmitters, rehabilitation of town roads and construction an FM station, have been approved to befit its new status.

Miss Emma Asmah, a tutor of Foso Training College, who was the guest speaker asked Ghanaians to learn to tolerate each other, particularly, in this election year by being mindful of their utterances and actions.

Miss Asmah, who is also a ministerial student of the trinity theological college called on women to play a catalytic role as counsellors, because of their special role as mothers in the homes. Mr Thomas Yallow, Assin district director of NCCE said the annual celebration of the constitutional week is to draw public attention of the need to protect the constitution.

He said other activities to mark the week, include clean-up exercises, games and talk shows.

Madam Agnes Asante, a nursing officer of the ministry of health, who chaired the function, said the theme of this year's celebration "National Integration Through Tolerance", enjoined all Ghanaians to ensure a violent free environment, particularly, in this election year.

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