Ghana: 60th Independence celebrations, trial of ‘secessionists’ reported in Ghana

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s 60th Independence celebrations, International Women’s Day and trial of alleged secessionists were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week.

Ghana, the first country south of the Sahara to gain independence, on Monday marked its 60th anniversary with parades of school children and security agencies throughout the country.

The main event was at the Independence Square in the capital, Accra, where President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, took the salute, watched by thousands of people including three of the country’s former heads of state - John Dramani Mahama, John Agyekum Kufuor and Jerry John Rawlings - several African leaders and diplomats.

“Let’s build on common bonds to promote prosperous nation — Prez,” was the headline of the state-owned Graphic newspaper which reported that the president in his speech appealed to Ghanaians to give true meaning to the sacrifices that led to the nation’s independence by drawing on the strength of diversity, re-focusing national energies on common goals and rising above ethnic or sectional interests to build a progressive and prosperous nation.

The President said: “After 60 years we have run out of excuses and it is time to set Ghana right and get our country to where it should be.” The celebration was on the theme: “Mobilising for Ghana’s future.”

President Akufo-Addo said the nation faced one challenge: to build its economy and generate a prosperous, progressive and dignified life for the people devoid of political and ethnic considerations.

He said hard work, enterprise, creativity and consistent fight against corruption in public life constituted the panacea to overcoming that challenge, adding that it was a strict adherence to those principles that would “bring the transformation we seek”.

The state-owned Ghanaian Times, in its story under the headline, “No more excuses for economic woes – Pres tells Ghanaians”, reported that the president said the time had come for Ghanaians to stop giving excuses for the country’s economic misfortunes and use the occasion of the 60th Independence Day to reflect, mobilise and work towards creating a dignified life for future generations.

“Sadly, the economic dividend that was meant to accompany our freedom has still not materialised. Sixty years after those heady days, too many of our people continue to wallow in unacceptable poverty,” he stated.

The Graphic also quoted the immediate past president, John Dramani Mahama, as urging Ghanaians to dedicate themselves to the service of the country to make it better for the next 60 years.

In a tweet, he commended Ghanaians for the country’s feat and called on them to join in the nation building effort.

The Ghanaian Times reported that three people were arrested by the police in the Volta Region for alleged acts of treason.

It named them as Kormi Kudzordzi, Martin Asiana Agbenu and Divine Odonkor.

In a story with the headline “Three secessionists arrested in Volta Region,” the newspaper said the three men were members of the Homeland Study Group Foundation, a “secessionist” group.

The group is seeking to declare the Volta Region and parts of the Northern and Upper East regions as the Western Togoland State on 9 May, 2017.

It quoted the Volta Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Nana Asomah, as saying on Ghana’s 60th Independence Day, Agbenu was found to be distributing T-shirts with imprints calling for the detachment of the Volta Region and parts of the Northern and Upper East regions from the rest of Ghana and an insignia purported to be the national flag of the “Western Togoland”.

The Graphic reported the story with the headline, “Three ‘secessionists’ granted bail.” It reported that the High Court in the Volta Region capital, Ho, had granted the three members of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) bail to reappear on 14 March, 2017. They pleaded not guilty to two counts of treason and conspiracy to commit treason.

“We’re dealing with concerns of women — President Akufo-Addo,” was the headline of the Graphic on the celebration of International Women’s Day last Wednesday.

The Graphic reported that President Akufo-Addo, in a speech at a gathering of women and children, affirmed the commitment of the government to empower women and build their capacities for them to play more strategic and enhanced roles in national development.

He said the greatest mistake any government could make was for it to ignore the concerns of women in its quest to improve on national life.
-0- PANA MA/VAO 11March2017

11 march 2017 08:13:19




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