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La Citizen Network in collaboration with Gbotsui Foundation on Friday began the 68th commemoration day of the late Sergeant Cornelius Francis Adjetey, with a three-hour clean-up exercise at the La Enobal Two Junior High School.

The exercise which was supported by La Enobal Two Junior High School and Vision C Academy began around 0600hrs and covered the La Enobal Two School Park and the grave yard of Sergeant Adjetey.

The exercise involved weeding, sweeping and collection of waste rubbish by the students of the two schools, in addition to members of the La Citizen Network and the Gbotsui Foundation.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Nii Amugi, the Country Coordinator for La Citizen Network, a community based civil society organisation embarking on developmental projects within La, said the clean-up exercise was among activities to mark the 68th Anniversary of the late Sergeant Adjetey, a citizen of La and an ex-serviceman and a veteran of World War II, who met his untimely death on February 28, 1948 at the Christiansburg Crossroad Shooting Incident.

The Country Coordinator who commended La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly for providing logistics for the exercise, and expressed unhappiness at the dumping of refuse at old burial places.

He explained that due to this the two groups have started a monument site which is yet to be completed; the idea is to transfer the remains of the late ex-service man, to the memorial square which is located in front of the main road leading to the Osu Castle and La Palm Royal Beach.

He said this project would serve as a tourist centre for the people of La and all Ghanaians, adding that currently there no were funds to complete the memorial square.

“The project started in 2009 and till date is not complete due to financial challenges,” he stated.

Nii Amugi appealed to the government and benevolent individuals to support the activities of the La Citizen Network and its associates.

He also appealed to all and sundry, to promote the culture of honouring heroes and heroines, who have contributed in diverse ways towards Ghana’s development.

He announced that on Sunday February 28, the La Citizen Network and the entire La Community in collaboration with the Ga Adangbe Muslim community would offer prayers to climax the occasion.

It will be recalled that on February 28, 1948, World War II, soldiers who had fought with the Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force, organised a peaceful demonstration marching to Christiansburg Castle, Accra, Gold Coast (Ghana), to hand in a petition to the colonial governor, demanding that they receive end of war benefits and pay which they had been promised.

Unfortunately, before reaching the Castle, the veterans were ordered at the Christiansburg Crossroad to disperse by a British Colonial Police Officer; however, when they refused, the officer opened fire on them, instantly killing three of the veterans; Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey Lamptey.

The incident led to a nationwide upheaval against British Colonial rule; subsequently accelerating the nation’s struggle for independence.
Source: GNA

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