Kathleen Addy appointed new chairperson of NCCE

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President Akufo-Addo has confirmed and sworn into office Kathleen Addy as the new Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).

She was sworn into office on Friday, June 16, 2022, at the Jubilee House, after the President administered the Oaths of Office and Secrecy to her.

President Akufo-Addo swears in Ms Kathleen Addy (left), as the new Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education at the Jubilee House

Ms Addy, until her elevation, served as the Deputy Chairperson in charge of Finance and Administration for NCCE from 2017.

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President Akufo-Addo, acting in line with Article 232 of the 1992 Constitution and Section 4 (a) of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Act 1993 (Act 452), appointed Ms Kathleen Addy as the acting chairperson of the NCCE on May 1 2022.

The appointment came after the former Chairwoman, Josephine Nkrumah, on 21st February resigned from the position to take up a new role as the special representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Liberia.

The confirmation of Ms Addy’s appointment was subject to the advice of the Council of State, in line with Article 232 (2) of the 1992 Constitution, which states: “Members of the Commission shall be appointed by the President acting on the advice of the Council of State”.

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At the swearing-in ceremony at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo challenged Kathleen Addy to work hard within the commission’s core mandate, to build a strong culture of awareness among Ghanaians, about their civic responsibilities and duties.

This task, according to the President, has become necessary and important now in the country because some people have decided to “descend as low as calling for the overthrow of the prevailing constitutional order in the country.”

“Despite concerns raised in some quarters about the effectiveness of the NCCE in the discharge of its functions, with some going so far as to advocating for its abolishing I am of a different opinion. I believe the NCCE continues to be relevant and still has an important role to play in helping to establish a culture of awareness in our country where citizens are alive to their civic responsibilities and duties, especially at this time when some irresponsible elements within the body politic, are calling for the overthrow of the constitutional order,” the President added.

He also assures her of the government’s recognition as enshrined in Act 452 of the independence of the NCCE.

Madam Kathleen Addy in her acceptance speech expressed her appreciation to the President for appointing her to the office of Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education.

President Akufo-Addo with Ms Kathleen Addy (2nd from left), as the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), and her family

According to her, the NCCE, in her view, is one of the most reputable institutions in the country tasked with the responsibility of sharpening the minds of the people and building the people that will build the Republic.

“I assure you, Mr President, that I will lead the Commission to fulfill its mandate and to undertake its functions as prescribed by the constitution.

“Myself, the commissioners, directors, and staff of NCCE will do our best in executing our heavy mandate,” Kathleen Addy promised.

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