August 4 of every year will henceforth be known as Founders Day.
Also, the birthday of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, which hitherto was marked as the country’s Founders Day, will now be known as Nkrumah Memorial Day while January 7 will be known as Constitution Day.
All three days will be observed as statutory holidays in addition to the already existing commemorative days, July 1 and May 25 -- Republic Day and AU Day, respectively.
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This comes after the government tabled an amendment to the Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill 2018 in parliament on Thursday, 13 December 2018.
The Amendment Bill outlined the number of holidays in the year, including “New Year Day (1st January) Constitution Day (January 7) Independence Day (6TH March), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Eid-al-Fitr (Ramadan), Workers Day (1st May), Farmers Day (1st Friday in December) Christmas Day (25th December), Boxing Day (26th December), African Union Day (25th May), Republic Day (1st July).”
Last year, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sparked a debate about Founders Day when he proposed a legislation to parliament to designate 4th August as FOUNDERS DAY, and 21st September as KWAME NKRUMAH MEMORIAL DAY.
A statement signed by the Director of Communication at the presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin, at the time, said: “... In the meantime, the President has issued an Executive Instrument to commemorate this year’s  celebration of KWAME NKRUMAH MEMORIAL DAY as a public holiday.
“This means Thursday, 21st September, which hitherto was marked as Founders Day will now be celebrated as Nkrumah Memorial Day in honour of Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.”
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