Ghana's Commissioner for Education, Culture and Sports, Lt. - Col. Paul Nkegbe, took the salute?
Ghana's Commissioner for Education, Culture and Sports, Lt. - Col. Paul Nkegbe, took the salute at a parade of schoolchildren in Accra on Tuesday (6 March) to mark the 16th anniversary of the country's independence from Britain.
Colonel Nkegbe read an Anniversary Day message to the children, who were later judged on their appearance and marching skill.
The Commissioner encouraged the children to support the various campaigns launched in Ghanaian schools to grow crops and vegetables and to rear livestock in order to boost the country's food resources.
He told the children: "The importation of food and other items necessary for life costs the country huge sums in foreign exchange. If we want more and better food, then we must ourselves produce more and better food."
Col. Nkegbe said one of the attributes of a great nation was that nation's ability to use its natural resources in making things for itself.
SYNOPSIS: In Ghana, the sixteenth anniversary of the nation's independence meant a great day for children in Accra. All over the country, children held parades to commemorate the anniversary. Ghana's Commissioner for Education, Culture and Sports, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Nkegbe officiated at the capital city's ceremonies.
Thousands of schoolchildren turned out for the parade and other ceremonies in Accra. While most of them assembled for the parade, others packed the grandstand. When the official party gave the signal, the children commenced their official march-past, and as they approached the reviewing stand, Lieutenant Colonel Nkegbe took the salute.
In his speech to the children, the Commissioner said it was important for them to support the various campaigns launched in Ghanaian schools to grow crops, and to rear livestock to boost the nation's food resources.
After the parade, the children were all given the day off and entertained in Accra's State House.