NDC promises to restore Republic Day as public holiday in 2021

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The commemoration of July 1, also known as Republic Day is no longer observed as public holiday and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is assuring Ghanaians everywhere to restore it when it assumes power in 2021.

President of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on 16th April, 2019 assented to the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 986) converting the Republic and AU Days as a commemorative event in the holiday calendar.

However, the NDC in a press statement signed by its Director of Communications, Kakra Essamuah is accusing President Akufo-Addo of degrading the importance of the day from a full public holiday, and an attempt to rewrite Ghana’s history.

“The National Democratic Congress has had occasion to criticize President Akufo-Addo’s attempts to rewrite the history of Ghana, downplaying the role of genuine patriots and placing his family and clan above all else. The NDC would want to assure all Ghanaians living everywhere that upon its assumption of office in January 2021, Republic Day will be accorded full recognition as one of the more important national days in our history.”

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Read copy of statement below;

REPUBLIC DAY WILL BE RESTORED AS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY

On the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the attainment of Republican status of Ghana, the National Democratic Congress wishes to salute every Ghanaian living everywhere.

When, through the instrumentality of our first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, this feat was achieved on 1st July, 1960, it cemented the heroic efforts of the people of Ghana to attain full nationhood and from which Ghana emphasized her predominant role in the struggle to liberate the black race from the shackles of oppression and suppression.

Sadly today, the government of President Nana Addo-Danquah Akufo-Addo has deemed it fit to degrade the importance of this great day from a full public holiday intended to celebrate the efforts of our forebears in our collective struggle to affirm the benefits of equality, liberty, freedom and justice, to a mere commemorative day in order to rob our gallant forbears the historical credit and recognition that they so richly deserve.

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The National Democratic Congress has had occasion to criticize President Akufo-Addo’s attempts to rewrite the history of Ghana, downplaying the role of genuine patriots and placing his family and clan above all else. The NDC would want to assure all Ghanaians living everywhere that upon its assumption of office in January 2021, Republic Day will be accorded full recognition as one of the more important national days in our history .

Long live Ghana.
Long live the struggle against historical revisionists.

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ISSUED ON 1ST JULY, 2019 Signed
KAKRA ESSAMUAH
Director of Communications.

Source: tamaleonline


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