It is an honor for me to welcome all of you to this important event held in commemoration of the 66th independence Anniversary of the Republic of Ghana.
On behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, and the Good people of Ghana, I thank you all for honoring our invitation to this memorable event.
Distinguish Ladies and Gentleman, 66 years ago, our dear country Ghana gain independence from the British rule. It is this day which marked the end of the British rule in 1957 and the establishment of a free, sovereign and independent Ghanaian nation.
For this day, every 6th March of the year brings ecstatic joy, happiness and pride to the good people of Ghana because the day present opportunities for us to celebrate our past and key roles in the struggle for independence and consolidate our gains since independence
6th March is also a day of commemoration and remembrance to promote social harmony, unity and empowerment of our people to remind ourselves of where we have come from and where we are heading towards. Today marks the day when we freed ourselves from the shackles of colonial rule and decided to reshape our destiny.
As we all celebrate the anniversary of this great event in our political history, we bow to all those gallant men and women who made enormous sacrifices to make it possible for us to live in a free and independent Ghana, We cannot show enough appreciation without mentioning the likes of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. J. B. Danquah, Edward Akufo Addo, Emmanuel Obetsebi Lamptey, William Ofori Atta and Ebenezer Ako Adjei who unparalled and immense contribution led to the achievements of this indelible feat.
Distinguish Ladies and Gentleman, the government decision in 2017 to move Ghana Beyond Aid was a great idea and contribution of the dream of our forefathers who made this day for celebration of our independence. These our freedom fighters are not mere political heroes but Africa icons who inspired and continue to inspire with the vestige of their works throughout the entire continent to be truly independent in words and in deeds.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to use this opportunity to urge all of us especially, the pupils and students gathered here today to emulate the sterling qualities of the country`s founding fathers towards building a prosperous nation. This is the time that, we must all come together as one people, one nation with a common destiny, so that we achieve our struggle for economic emancipation and from the current global crisis. Since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant negative impact on the world with far-reaching consequence for vulnerable populations and have fragile economies. The pandemic has not only taken the lives of millions of people but has also affected livelihoods and social life, thereby, placing a heavy mental and emotional toll on mankind and all countries across the globe. This situation has been exacerbated by the slowdown in the global economy and the rising cost of crude oil at a time when developing countries like Ghana are facing serious resources mobilization constraints.
It is therefore the duty for every citizen of Ghana to be united in these striving times, put our differences aside and pull our strength together to contribute to the development of our great nation Ghana.
The theme for this Anniversary is “Our Unity, Our Strength, Our Purpose” resonates with the times and season we find ourselves as a nation and is very appropriate and timely.
Unity has always been a major part of our strength as people in achieving a common goal. We illustriously showed these qualities when COVID-19 struck and together we have been able to surmount it.
I therefore wish to use this opportunity to call on all of us to contribute our quota to overcome the economic challenges that have inundated our country.
Ladies and Gentlemen, as much as we are confronted with these economic challenges, the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and the NPP government has instituted some pragmatic measures in the financial sector of the economy in order to overcome the current economic challenges facing as a nation.
In all these challenges, the Kwaebibirem Municipal Assembly continue to execute it developmental programs and project in other to improve the lives of the people and also raise their living standards.
The Assembly over the years has executed some infrastructural projects within the municipality in the area of education, health, social interventions and others and it will continue to provide logistics and the needed resources to improve the academic performance in the educational sector in the municipality.
Distinguish Ladies and Gentleman, I am happy to announce that our intervention in the education sector is beginning to yield results
Since 2016 no school in the municipality attained a single digit in terms of grade but today we are proud to announce that, four (4) students obtained aggregate 8 in 2022 BECE whilst 2 students also obtained and 7(A) in the recent WASSCE. This signifies that, there has been tremendous improvement in our education sector in the municipality. Let us continue to influence discipline and hard work in our children to excel in life.
Ladies and Gentleman, today’s event will also witness an honorary of students and pupils who performed well in the recent BECE and the WASSCE exams. We are awarding brilliant and hardworking students for their excellent performance. This award program is instituted under the MCE`s Excellent Award which is held every year to deserving student the category of awards include best BECE student both male and female and best WASSCE student both male and female in the municipality.
I want to use this opportunity to encourage student to study hard in other to achieve their dream.
At this point, I will like to thank everyone for being part of this memorable Independence Day celebration especially the school children, teachers, the cadet corps, security agencies, fire service, the Clergy and Imams and all citizens of Kwaebibirem, not forgetting our gallants farmers and traders who continue to make our mother land proud and all those in one way or the other contributed in this year’s independence anniversary celebration. My best wishes to all of you and may the Good God bless us and make our nation great and strong.
Long live Africa!
Long live Ghana!!
Long live Kwaebibirem!!!