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Ghana Declares January 7 Public Holiday

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: January 11, 2022

Ghana's Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery, has declared Tuesday, January 7, 2020, as a non-working public holiday in Ghana ("The general is hereby informed that Tuesday, 7th January 2020 which marks Constitution Day, is a statutory public holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country").

A year ago, in late December (2018-12-14) amendments to the Public Holidays Act, were introduced into Ghana's Parliament.

These amendments would cancel the Republic Day and African Union Day public holidays of Ghana, marked annually on July 1 and May 25 respectively, and new public holidays in Ghana on January 7 (Constitution Day), and August 4 (Founders’ Day).

However, due to the impossibility of passing the bill before January 7, 2019, the first observance of the new January 7 Constitution Day public holiday was declared ad hoc as explained by the Interior Ministry who stated that "Despite the fact that the new bill laid before parliament was still awaiting consideration and approval, the Speaker of Parliament was quoted in a media interview as saying the government could always declare holidays ahead of the passage of bills. Government can always declare a holiday. We don’t need an act" (2018-12-28).

The "Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill" was passed and gazetted a few months later (2019-05-08 and 2019-04-30), though 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 today's bill particulars, much sooner (2019-02-06).

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