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Ghana September 21 Public Holiday Finally Tabled

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, January 5, 2020

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 (2009-09-03), 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 (2009-02-20).

The use of an Executive Instrument was repeated for the 3 following years (2012-09-19, 2011-09-19 and 2010-09-20), 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 (2012-09-23), 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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