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Ghana To Change September 21 Public Holiday

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017
Most recent follow-up news item: January 4, 2021

The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, has announced that he will propose legislation to designate August 4 as a new annual public holiday in Ghana to mark Founders Day, in the place of the current, September 21, annual public holiday of Ghana, marking the birth anniversary of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah.

The Presidency’s statement, released by Ghana's Director of Communications, Eugine Arhin, states that "August 4, is obviously the most appropriate day to signify our recognition and appreciation of the collective efforts of our forebears towards the founding of a free, independent Ghana".

Shortly before the 100th birthday of the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (2009-09-03), Ghana's President, John Evans Atta Mills, had issued an Executive Instrument declaring Monday, September 21st, 2009, an official public holiday, as he had promised shortly after being elected (2009-06-04, 2009-02-20, 2009-01-30 and 2007-02-01).

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, at last (2013-02-20 and 2012-09-23), Ghana's Minister of the Interior introduced a bill into Parliament to convert the current Executive Instrument (executive decree) declaring September 21st as an annual non-working public in Ghana, into legislation, and to add it to Ghana's list of statutory public holidays (2016-09-08, 2015-09-16, 2014-09-19 and 2013-09-20).

The aforementioned statement by Ghana's Director of Communications does go on to clarify that "The President has, therefore, decided to propose legislation to Parliament to designate 4th August as Founders Day, and 21st September as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, both of which will be observed as public holidays".

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