July 24, 2024

Former President John Dramani Mahama has lamented the scrapping of the commemoration of Republic Day as a public holiday.

According to him, Republic Day is an important day in the history of Ghana and should be commemorated as a public holiday.

Ghana’s Republic Day is celebrated on July 1 every year to mark the day Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah was sworn into office as the first President as Ghana was proclaimed a Republic.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuf-Addo has scrapped the commemoration of AU and Republic Day as a public holiday and replaced them with Constitution and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial and Founders day.

In a statement to mark this year’s Republic Day, the NDC flagbearer stated that “it is most regrettable that the current government has scrapped commemorating this important day as a public holiday. However, as we reflect on the significance of Republic Day, let us use this as a rallying call to rekindle the spirit of dedication and commitment that our forebears demonstrated.” Mahama said.

“As we commemorate this year’s Republic Day, I invite you to remember the dedication, sacrifices and commitment of our country’s forebears, led by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, in their efforts to build a Ghana that benefits and creates opportunities for all its citizens.” He added.

According to him, it is the responsibility of everyone to help build a better and renewed Ghana where opportunities are created for everyone to thrive.

“We must continue building a better, renewed Ghana, where opportunities are created for everyone to thrive. On this Republic Day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the principles of unity, peace, and progress for Ghana. Let us unite our efforts to ensure that the sacrifices of our predecessors were not in vain and that we continue to build a nation in which we can all take pride.” Mr. Mahama stated.

“Happy Republic Day to all of us. Let’s celebrate this day with pride and use it as a reminder of the collective work that still lies ahead to build the Ghana we all aspire to and achieve our shared dreams.” The former president emphasized.

Source: Elvisanokyenews.com