Chairperson of the NCCE, Josephine Nkrumah

Chairperson of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumah has underscored the need for youth involvement in nation-building.

According to her, values that bind Ghana as a people may not yield any results if young people in the country are left out of the loop.

The NCCE boss believes the country is at a crucial point where policies and programmes needed to be targeted towards harnessing the spirit of the growing youth base in other to better-direct interventions.

Out of Ghana’s 30.8 million population, 73.5% are below age 35, with 38.2% between 15–35 years old, per the 2021 Population and Housing Census.

Looking at the large youth base, the NCCE boss believes that the earlier this situation is addressed, the less the country’s propensity to fall into what she describes as ‘constitutional apathy’.

“We are at a precipice as a nation. Either we hold them tightly to these values and propel national development through our burgeoning youth or we tumble and fall into constitutional apathy and loss of value system that defines us as a people,” Mrs Nkrumah said on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

Explaining her point on NewsFile, the Chairman insisted that the onus lies at the doorstep of leaders’ ability to be conscious in the bid to secure a better Ghana for all.

She also charged them to be “intentional, deliberate and purposeful in our quest to be great and strong, in our quest to secure for ourselves these blessings of liberty, equality or opportunity and prosperity then we must act in concert as Ghanaians.”

This is one of the ways that she believes the values as enshrined in the 1992 constitution can be upheld.

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