|MPs Express Concern Over Abuse Of Coat Of Arms|
|Wednesday, 01 June 2011 08:01|
Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday expressed concerns over the abuse of the country's coat of arms and called on the Government to take immediate action to safeguard the sanctity of the national emblem.
The MP’s were contributing to the ''wanton abuse of Ghana’s Coat of Arms'' as stated by the MP for Amenfi East, Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo.
In his statement, Hon Aidoo described the coat of arms as a ''symbol of precious official and executive value and that, nothing should be done to cheapen its importance as a special national heraldic device.''
He observed that, though the Flag and Arms Protection Act 1959 (No.61) makes it an offense to use the design of the national emblems without license. it is common to see the national coat of arms embossed on all manner of vehicles ,motorbikes ,as well as customised goods.
Member of Parliament for Sekondi, Hon Papa Owusu Ankomah, also described the coat of arms as an embodiment of the nation which should not be used carelessly and called on the Minister for Justice and Attorney General and the Minister for Interior to take action and restrict its use.