Ghana’s Parliament on Monday 14th March 2022 hosted the Students’ mock Parliament as part of activities to celebrate this year’s Commonwealth Day in Accra.
Over 200 students from different tertiary institutions including the University of Ghana Legon, University of Cape Coast, University of Professional Studies Accra, Accra Technical University, Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology.
The celebration was on the theme: “Delivering common future-connecting, innovating and transforming.”
The First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu who addressed the Students parliament charged the students to take interest in parliamentary issues, especially matters of national interest but should not be engaged in partisan politics.
The Deputy Speaker, who also read the Queen’s Letter to the Students, asked them not to be participants only, but contributors and act as responsible citizens.
Hon Osei Owusu further urged them to be courageous when debating on the floor, stating, “You must desist from using foul language and be decorous at all times”, he posited.
The Clerk to Parliament, Hon Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah, in his welcome address charged the students to try as much as possible to avoid partisan politics in Parliament and remain neutral to propel progress.
Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration enjoyed by the people of the Commonwealth. These people can be found in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific, and Europe. The theme for Commonwealth Day 2022 is; Delivering a Common Future.
It is highlighting how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘‘innovating, connecting and transforming”, to help achieve goals like fighting climate change, promoting good governance, and boosting trade.
2022 is also the Queen’s Jubilee Year, so the Commonwealth celebrations will include a special focus on the role the Queen plays in the lives of people and communities across the Commonwealth.
The commonwealth day celebrations was marked with a debate on the topic “including women in politics, are the provisions enough”.
The debate was won by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with the University of Cape Coast being the first runner up and the University of Ghana being the second runner up.
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