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Ghana Public Holidays Amendments Bill Gazetted

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has issued a statement that Ghana's President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, had assented to the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 986).

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 in 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.

Due to the impossibility of passing the bill before January 7, a one-off January 7 Constitution Day public holiday was declared ad hoc (2018-12-28) for the year 2019, and 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), a bill which was passed by the Parliament of Ghana, despite a walkout by the opposition, earlier this year (2019-03-03).


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