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Parliament Passes Public Holiday Amendment Bill

Parliament has passed the Public Holiday Amendment Bill, but that was before the Minority walked out to confirm their opposition to the amendment of the previous Act.

 

The Minority argued that the amendment sought to rewrite the country's history by disregarding Dr Kwame Nkrumah, as the founder of the country.

 

The Public Holidays Amendment Bill, indicated that September 21, which has since 2009 been observed as Founder’s Day in memory of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah, will now be observed as “Kwame Nkrumah Day” and continue to be a public holiday.

 

January 7, will be observed as Constitutional day and a public holiday in remembrance of the coming into force of the 1992 Constitution, which birthed the Fourth Republic. In addition, August 4, will also be observed as Founders' day and a public holiday. May 25 and July 1 (African Union and Republic Days) respectively will now be observed as commemorative days.

 

Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, during a Second Reading of the bill admitted that other Ghanaians played significant roles in attaining independence for Ghana, adding that, every country has an independence icon and Kwame Nkrumah was Ghana’s, and that any attempt to alter the existing provision would be an attempt to deny the late President his reverence. 

 

However, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, argued that it was only prudent to acknowledge all those who played roles, no matter how insignificant it was, in the attainment of the country’s independence.

 

He disputed the claim by the Minority that changing the contentious “Founder’s Day” to “Founders’ Day” was an attempt to rewrite Ghana’s history. 

 

Source: ISD (Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah)

 

 

Created: 13 March 2019
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