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Ghana Declares Public Holiday September 21

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Ghana's Ministry of Interior has declared Monday, September 21, 2020, as a non-working public holiday to mark the Kwame Nkrumah Day annual public holiday of Ghana ("The general public is hereby reminded that Monday, September 21, 2020, which marks Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day is a statutory Public Holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country").

The aforementioned announcement was completed by a statement by Ghana's Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery and is in line with the 2018-2019 amendments to the Public Holidays Act (2018-12-14), canceled the July 1st Republic Day and May 25 African Union Day public holidays in Ghana, in favor of 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, including 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, although 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), none of the political parties of note in Ghana have called for the cancellation of the September 21 public holiday in Ghana.

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