The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is unable to deliver on its role of educating the Ghanaian public on Covid-19 safety protocols due to severe financial and logistical challenges.
Chairperson of the commission, Ms Josephine Nkrumah, recently said during an interview on state-owned Ghana Television that the commission’s allocation to its satellite districts across the country for anti-coronavirus education campaign is GH¢100.
“We were able to share with our staff GH¢100 per district to undertake their works,” she said, revealing further that donations from benevolent individuals and institutions have funded most of its public mandates.
“For funding, we have serious challenges and also logistical constraints. This year, for instance, we have not received any money at all from the government, this year our goods and services budget was GH¢7 million,” she said.
Ms Josephine Nkrumah called on institutions and individuals to donate in support of its campaign activities.
She, for instance, appealed to institutions that are may not be making use of their vehicles to lend them to the NCCE to intensify its public education on Covid-19.
Shortly after the interview, a flurry of posts on social media condemned the NCCE’s state of affairs and called for support.
The NCCE is the foremost institutions that uses both local and English language to educate citizens about their civic rights and responsibilities.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 it has played a key role in educating communities on the need to observe precautionary measures.
Experts have said a critical strategy to holding the spread of the virus is the dissemination of easy-to-understand information to the public.
Two weeks ago, the NCCE rolled-out a four-week Covid-19 public education campaign in the Eastern Region to equip citizens with the knowledge on how to contain the spread of the virus.
That campaign was heavily supported by the Church of Pentecost, which provided a mobile cinema van to sensitise citizens within the region.