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Ghana Passes Bill To Amend Public Holidays

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2019


The Parliament of Ghana has approved the "Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill" despite a walkout by the opposition.

Last December (2018-12-14), the government of Ghana had tabled an amendment to the Public Holidays Act to cancel the Republic Day and African Union Day public holidays on Ghana, marked annually on July 1 and May 25 respectively, and in compensation, to add January 7 as a new annual Constitution Day public holiday in Ghana, while August 4 would be a new annual public holiday in Ghana, to be named Founders’ Day, while the current, September 21, public holiday would be renamed Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.

However, due to the impossibility of passing the bill before January 7, the upcoming January 7 Constitution Day public holiday was declared ad hoc (2018-12-28) 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".

Despite the "Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill" having only been voted this week, 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 (2019-02-06).


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