His Excellency The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo today launched the Inter-University Quiz Debate at the auditorium of the University of Ghana School of Law. The theme for the 2017 Championship is: Restoring our Ghanaian Values as Active Citizens.
The President, who described the Constitution as a living document, said that the Constitution does not only guarantee and protect individual freedoms and human rights, but it also ensures that “our nation is governed according to the principles of democratic accountability and the rule of law.”
He called on the participating Universities in the Inter-University Quiz/Debate, Championship, 2017, to go beyond who emerges winner; instead to seek to know for example, “why the Constitution came into force, why it provides guidelines for the functioning of the State, and, why, together, we must help ensure that the three arms of government, the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, live up to their respective charters and act as checks and balances on each other to prevent abuse of power and, thereby, help secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”
-His Excellency The President being welcomed to the programme by the Chairman of NCCE, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah. Looking on is Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo, Chairman for the occasion.
Prof. Kwame Offei, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, University of Ghana, who stood in for the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, welcomed His Excellency and the august gathering to the University. He said the University would be keenly following the Championship not only as an active participant in the debate, but as an advocate for advancing knowledge.
Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo, Dean of the School of Information and Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, chaired the programme.
(from left, Prof. Kwame Offei, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, His Excellency The President, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo and Hon. Mustapha Hamid, Minister of Information)
Earlier, the Chairman of the NCCE, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah delivered welcome remarks, after which Ms. Kathleen Addy, Deputy Chairman (Finance and Administration), NCCE, gave a presentation on the Inter-University Quiz/Debate Championship, 2017.
Sixteen Universities, drawn from all ten regions of Ghana, are contesting in the 2017 Championship competition.
The Inter-University Debate, an initiative of the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE), seeks to promote good citizenship among in-school youth using the Electronic Constitution Quiz Competition. According to the NCCE, the Championship forms part of the Commission’s activities towards Ghana’s 60thIndependence celebration.