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Ghana Declares August 4-5 Public Holidays

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019


A statement by the Minister of Interior of Ghana, Ambrose Dery, announced that Ghana's President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, had declared Monday, August 5, 2019, as a non-working public holiday, as the annual, August 4, Founders Day public holiday of Ghana, falls on a Sunday in 2019 ("in view of the fact that August 4, 2019, falls on a Sunday, Nana Addo has by Executive Instrument, declared Monday, August 5, 2019, as a public holiday to be observed as such throughout the country").

The aforementioned announcement is in line with last December's (2018-12-14) amendments to the Public Holidays Act, which were to cancel the Republic Day and African Union Day public holidays in Ghana, marked annually on July 1 and May 25 respectively, while adding new public holidays in Ghana on January 7 (Constitution Day), and August 4 (Founders’ Day). The current, September 21, public holiday would remain, but be renamed as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.

Early in 2019, the government of Ghana released its annual list of official non-working lay and religious non-working public holidays in Ghana for the calendar year 2019, which included all the particulars of the aforementioned amendments (2019-02-06), amendments which were passed by the Parliament of Ghana, despite a walkout by the opposition, the following month (2019-03-03), and were signed into law by Ghana's President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a couple of months later (2019-05-08).

Last month (2019-07-01), however, Ghana's main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), announced that it would restore the recently-canceled July 1st Republic Day public holiday of Ghana, if the NDC wins the next general elections in Ghana ("The NDC would want to assure all Ghanaians living everywhere that upon its assumption of office in January 2021, Republic Day will be accorded full recognition as one of the more important national days in our history"), and presumably cancel some of the other particulars of the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 986).



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