The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has bemoaned the increasing disregard for patriotic values among citizens of Ghana.
According to the NCCE, this “trend is gradually negatively redefining our identity as Ghanaians.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, 12 June 2023, the NCCE reminded “citizens that national symbols such as the National Pledge, the National Anthem, the National Flag, the Coat of Arms, the Ghana Currency and the Mace of Parliament among other symbols and State identities must be respected.”
It stressed that: “These symbols identify us, as citizens of Ghana and they must be accorded the requisite levels of recognition and decorum”.
The NCCE indicated: “The words in our National Anthem and the National Pledge are sacred. As citizens with deeply held religious values, we must not just say the words but sing and recite them with great commitment.
“This commitment is important because the words embody our values as people with one destiny.”
It therefore reminded citizens that “at the sound of the National Anthem and the National Pledge, it is the civic duty of every citizen of Ghana to stand as a sign of respect to the State and these national symbols”.
“Let us, as citizens, appreciate our civic duty, and collectively uphold and safeguard our patriotic values and national symbols for today’s generation and posterity,” the NCCE urged.