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Ghana Declares September 21 and 23 Public Holidays

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019

Ghana's President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has declared Monday, September 23, 2019, as a non-working public holiday, as the annual, September 21, Kwame Nkrumah Day public holiday of Ghana, falls on a Saturday in 2019 ("The general public is hereby reminded that Saturday, September 21, 2019, which marks the day to observe the birthday of Ghana's first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, is a statutory public holiday").

The aforementioned announcement was completed by a statement by Ghana's Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery ("President Nana Addo has by Executive Instrument, declared Monday, September 23, 2019, as a public holiday to be observed as such throughout the country") and 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 was to remain, but was renamed as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, when, 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).

Note that Ghana's main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has 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 (2019-07-01).

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