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Parliament Marks Commonwealth Day

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Parliament of Ghana has celebrated the Commonwealth Day which fell yesterday, with a call on the Ghanaian youth to be disciplined in all endeavours to drive the development agenda of the country.

Parliament of Ghana has celebrated the Commonwealth Day which fell yesterday, with a call on the Ghanaian youth to be disciplined in all endeavours to drive the development agenda of the country.

 

The First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, charged the youth to be disciplined to change the fortunes of the country at all levels.

The celebration was under the theme ‘’A Peace-Building Commonwealth.’’

Addressing students from selected tertiary, technical and senior high schools across the country to mark the day, Mr Osei-Owusu urged the youth aspiring to be politicians in future to make things work differently.

‘’I want you young men and women to challenge yourselves as to why our society is not working. How come all Commonwealth nations in Africa are poor?’’ the Deputy Speaker said.

He attributed the underdevelopment of African nations to lack of discipline and bad leadership.

According to him, even though the educational system in Ghana is the same as that of the United Kingdom, things are done appropriately in that jurisdiction whiles back home in Ghana there is so much struggle when it comes to the implementation of the same ideas.

‘’Why is it that engineers at KNUST are not building simple farm tools to make farming developed?” he wondered.

He added: ‘’what is it that we are not doing right? I challenge you to think beyond the box.  I challenge you to think again.”

A message read on her behalf the Queen of England and Head of the Commonwealth nations, Queen Elizabeth II, said a baton would set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey over the next twelve months to visit people living in the nations and territories of the commonwealth family in every continent and ocean.

It said the cornerstones on which peace is founded are respect and understanding for one another.

The statement said “working together we will build peace by defending the dignity of every individual and community by upholding justice and the rule of law.”

According to the statement, all Commonwealth nations could find further reward and fulfillment by continuing to collaborate with others in a spirit of goodwill to build a peaceful and abundant future for all Commonwealth citizens.

Participated institutions in this year’s Commonwealth Day celebration included the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology, University of Cape Coast, University of Development Studies, University of Professional Studies Accra, Accra Technical University, Central University, Zenith College, St. Mary’s Senior High School, Accra Academy and Achimota Senior High School.