“Don’t let anybody, not even me, control you” — Akufo Addo to new NCCE chair, Madam Kathleen Addy    

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has told the new Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education that the government would support her constitutionally mandated duties.

He encouraged Kathleen Addy to meet stakeholders so the Commission may achieve its job.

President Akufo-Addo reminded the new NCCE Chairperson of her independence under the 1992 Constitution, imploring her not to be controlled by anybody.

“I assure you Madam Chairperson of government’s recognition as enshrined in Act 452 of the independence of the NCCE,” he said.

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“Madam Chairperson, I need not remind you that you are not subject to the direction or control of any person or authority in the performance of your functions, including myself as the head of the Executive.”

The President spoke at the Jubilee House swearing-in ceremony for Kathleen Addy on June 16.

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She replaced Joseph Nkrumah, who resigned to become ECOWAS ambassador (ECOWAS).

President Akufo-Addo opposed claims that the NCCE had grown ineffective.

He said that the Commission’s tasks are much more vital now given recent calls to overturn the Fourth Republican Constitution.

“Despite concerns raised in some quarters about the effectiveness of the NCCE and the discharge of its functions with some going so far to advocate for its abolition, I am of a different opinion.

“I believe the NCCE continues to be relevant and still has an important role to play in helping establish a culture of awareness in our country in which citizens are alive to their civic responsibilities and duties especially at this time when some irresponsible elements within the body politic are calling for the overthrow of the constitutional order.”



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