Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
The Government of Ghana has finally submitted a bill to Parliament to amend the Public Holidays Act to include the birthday of Kwame Nkrumah as a statutory non-working public holiday, to be observed annually on the 21st of September.
Shortly before the 100th birthday of the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (03-Sep-2009), Ghana's President, John Evans Atta Mills, issued an Executive Instrument declaring Monday, September 21st, 2009, an official public holiday, as he had promised shortly after being elected (20-Feb-2009).
The use of an Executive Instrument was repeated for the 3 following years (19-Sep-2012, 19-Sep-2011 and 20-Sep-2010), despite the initial statement by then Director of Communication Anyidoho that, although that year's September 21 public holiday would be declared through a one-off Presidential Executive Instrument, the government would immediately afterwards present to parliament a bill that would make the celebration of 21st September an annual public holiday.
Then, last fall (23-Sep-2012), Ghana's President Mahama asked the Minister of the Interior to introduce a bill into Parliament which would convert the current Executive Instrument (executive decree) declaring September 21st as an annual non-working public in Ghana, into legislation to add it to Ghana's list of statutory public holidays.
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