Kpone Celebrates March 6 For First Time
By Richard Attenkah
960 school children, drawn from about 20 public and private schools, as well as voluntary groups within the Kpone Katamanso District, on Wednesday, March 6, put up a spirited performance during the march past at the Kpone Methodist School Park to mark Ghana’s 56th Independence Anniversary.
Even though it was the very first time the district held its Independence Day celebration in the area since it was carved out of the Tema Metropolis, the performance of the school children was a clear indication of better things to come.
Traditional rulers, including the Paramount Chief of the Kpone Traditional area, Nii Tetteh Otu II, politicians, including a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Beatrice Ashong, industrialists, farmers, fishermen, fishmongers, and traders among others, were present to grace the occasion.
Speaking on the theme; “Partnership and Innovation for Building a New and Better Ghana,” Alhaji Antie Tetteh, District Chief Executive of the Kpone-Katamanso District Assembly (KKDA), urged all those who had the opportunity to attend the function to rejoice, as they had become a part of history making in the area.
He congratulated our forefathers who fought, even at the peril of their lives, to gain independence for us, and called on Ghanaians to continue to contribute their quota to the building of that “Better Ghana” so that future generations would remember us for adding to the “legacy the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us.”
He noted: “To our sons and daughters, I say, love your country, work hard, don’t give up in the face of challenges, and your dreams will come alive. My advice to the school children is that you should take your lessons in school very serious.”
In a speech read on his behalf, Mr. Kwesi Hutchful, Tema Metropolitan Director of Education, appealed to the government to provide more school buildings to accommodate the high increase in school enrolments in the country.
He expressed great concern about the rate at which people were encroaching upon school lands, and appealed to the local authorities to help fence schools to ward off such encroachments.
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