Accra – 400 students from seven Junior and Senior High Schools to the stairs of parliament building at the State House in Accra to present a petition on Stand Up and Take Action against Poverty to the Speaker of Parliament. The initiative, which was planned by UNIC Accra was to remind the Government of Ghana of its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) commitment.
Ms. Nelly Abbey of the Public Affairs Division of Parliament welcomed the delegation. Ms. Julia Neku of the Christ the King School and Master Edward Quartey of Accra Academy read the petition on behalf of the children of Ghana. The petition was received by Professor Mike Oquaye, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament on behalf of the Speaker of Parliament who was out of the country at the time. Professor Mike Oquaye thanked the children for reminding the leaders of Ghana of their role to ensure that poverty is reduced and eradicated. He assured the children that they will work hard to keep the promise of providing basic needs to all Ghanaians. He said the petition would be presented to the house for discussion.
Also present at the ceremony were the majority leader Mr Cletus Avoka and the Minority leader, Mr Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.
The children were entertained by the school band of Mary Mother of Good Counsel School, one of the participating schools.
Prior to the presentation of the petition which was prepared by UNIC Accra reminding the Government of Ghana of its commitment to the MDGs, the children visited the chamber of parliament to get a feel of parliamentary proceedings.