Former president John Dramani Mahama has described as sad government’s decision to scrap July 1 as a statutory holiday.
In a post celebrating the sacrifices of citizens for the “significant sacrifices they have made over the decades in nurturing our dear nation to this current stage,” John Mahama said that “sadly, this significant page in our history has been revised by the Akufo Addo administration through the recent Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 989).”
“By this act, the NPP Government has expunged Republic day, also commemorated as ‘Senior Citizens Day’ from the list of public holidays and replaced it with a questionable founders’ day holiday on August 4th,” he added.
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) further urged Ghanaians to dedicate themselves to the “patriotic and nationalistic ideals that led to the creation of our dear nation as a Republic, and await the vindication of the true history of our country, Ghana.”
NDC vows to restore July 1 holiday
The opposition NDC has already hinted on plans to return the Republic Day to a statutory holiday should it win power in 2020.
In a statement signed by their Director of Communications, Kakra Essumah, they once more criticized government’s decision to observe July 1 as a commemorative day.
They mentioned marking Akufo-Addo’s decision had degraded the significance of the day.
The statement said President Akufo-Addo “has deemed it fit to degrade the importance of this great day from a full public holiday intended to celebrate the efforts of our forebearers in our collective struggle to affirm the benefits of equality, liberty, freedom and justice.”
Republic Day marked the day Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah was sworn into office as the first President as Ghana was proclaimed a Republic on 1 July 1960.
Republic Day has also become Senior Citizens’ Day; a day meant to recognise the efforts and contributions of senior citizens to modern Ghana.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor|universnewsroom.com