The Chiefs and people of Asokwa on Wednesday morning joined its Member of Parliament (MP) and Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) to commemorate its version of Ghana’s 62nd Independence Day at Unity Oil grounds at Atonsu, a suburb of Asokwa.
This is the community’s maiden celebration of the Day since it gained the elevation of a municipality almost a year ago.
A contingent of 88 cadets and 66 officers drawn from three schools including Kumasi High School as well as pupils from selected primary and Junior High Schools marched off the national colors as well as take turns to display various skills at the parade reviewed by the MCE for Asokwa, Chief Akwannuasa Gyimah.
In attendance at the parade were other identifiable groups including the Asokwa Federation of Persons with Disabilities, Unijay Fashion and Design Company as well as recruits from the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO).
Speaking on the theme; ‘’Celebrating Peace and Unity’’, Chief Akwannuasa said the Independence Day is a good day to examine and contemplate who Ghanaians are as a people and what they have.
He noted it was also a day to reflect on how they got to their current stage as a country as they fashion out plans of getting out of every challenge that stands on their way to development.
Chief Akwannuasa said the Independence Day gives Ghanaians the opportunity to remind themselves of their heritage as they strive to honor the legacy of freedom and sacrifices of their ancestors.
He urged the public to consciously recall elements which have made Ghana and its people unique and thereby embrace those values.
‘’It is important that as a people we strive to live in unity at all times and not to be divided by nepotism or any trait that has the tendency to divide us since it is clear that united we stand but divided we fall as a people’’, Chief Akwannuasa urged.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Observer Newspaper later, Madam Patricia Appiagyei expressed delight at participating in the Independence Day celebration in her own constituency.
The elevation of Asokwa to a municipal status, Madam Appiagyei noted will bring in its wake various waves of development initiatives and urged residents to support the Asokwa Municipal Assembly to carry out its projects and programs to develop the community.
Assembly members from Ahensan Estate and Gyinyase, Nana Yaw Wiredu and Richard Kusi expressed satisfaction at the success of the maiden anniversary celebration in Asokwa.
Being the first time the Assembly was organizing such an evident, the Assembly members commended the MCE, the MP and members of the planning committee for pulling off an excellent celebration.