She was speaking on the theme “I Pledge Myself to the Service of Ghana” at a special edition of the Chief Justice’s Mentoring Programme in Sekondi.
The Chief Justice charged participating pupils and students to build their character and avoid shortcuts in life while committing to duty and to serving mother Ghana.
“At this stage, you are now forming your character. So, build your character and imbibe moral lessons that would make you responsible men, women and leaders of tomorrow”.
The Chairman for the programme, the Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, for his part advised the youth to eschew bad habits and demonstrate integrity in all aspects of their lives. He called on the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to consider whipping up the sense of patriotism in young people through the recital of the National Pledge prior to the celebration of Independence Day.
The Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah reminded the pupils and students that a set of national values and virtues constitutes the national pledge. These qualities, she said, they must seek to apply to their lives to make the recital of the National Pledge meaningful.
For his part, the Western Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie advised the youth to study hard and contribute meaningfully, to the development of the Region. “This Region should not be the Region that contributes only gold, bauxite and other minerals, but one which also makes provision to the human capital of this country”, he said.
Participating students and pupils responded positively to motivational messages, with cheers and applause, particularly when the Medical Officer in charge of the Judicial Service Clinic in Accra, Dr. Naomi Apea, shared her life experience, recounting how she defied the odds, while growing up in a village, to make it to medical school in Ukraine
The Participating Junior High Schools were; Essikado Methodist Junior High School, Obinyim Okyena Junior High School, Lagos Town Junior High School, Funkoe Junior High School and Anoe M/A Junior High School. The Senior High Schools were; Methodist Senior High School, Shama Senior High School, Sankor Senior High School, Mpohor Senior High School and Adiembra Senior High School. The Programme brought together 100 pupils and students selected from the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
The Chief Justice’s Mentoring Programme is an initiative of the Judicial Service, meant to expose young people in First and Second Cycle Institutions to the Judiciary, as a way of whipping up their interest in the legal profession and imbue in them, the sense of patriotism and selfless service to Ghana.