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Use Ghana@50 to Forgive - DCE

2007-02-20 07:24:46
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Mohammed Habib Tijani
The Yendi District Chief Executive, Alhaji Mohammed Habib Tijani, has called on Ghanaians to use the country’s 50th anniversary to forgive one another in the spirit of unity and reconciliation to promote peace.

He said the country’s forefathers had shed enough blood to liberate Ghana from colonial rule adding: "It is time for Ghanaians to say enough is enough of blood shed, let us celebrate our liberation together"

Alhaji Tijani was addressing school children at a flag-hoisting ceremony at Yendi as part of activities to mark Ghana@50 anniversary celebration.

In all, some 230 school children marched through the principal streets of Yendi and later converged at the Yendi District Assembly grounds where they were addressed by the DCE.

Alhaji Tijani said it was not only the NPP government, which was celebrating the 50th anniversary, but by all Ghanaians who had the nation at heart.

He therefore appealed to those who are sceptical about joining in the celebration to rescind their decision and help make it a big success.

The DCE used the occasion to call on the people of Dagbon to think of positive things that would lift the image of the region saying: "Blood shedding is over and it is now time for us to till the land to end poverty".

In Tamale, however, no provision had been made for the flag hoisting ceremony to commemorate the anniversary celebrations.

More than 1,000 school children marched through the principal streets of the Metropolis, some of them waving miniature Ghana flag to the admiration of onlookers.

They later converged on the Police Park for the flag-hoisting, which did not take place.

Some of the residents of the Metropolis told the GNA in an interview that the people were not involved in the planning of the event.

They called on the Northern Regional planning committee of Ghana@50 to revisit the issue and make it participatory.

They said, for instance, that the Ghana flag was not enough and readily available for the people to use for the decorations, and that the ceremonial streets should have been adorned with the national colours.

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