Government declares January 7 'Constitution day' as public holiday

Government declares January 7 'Constitution day' as public holiday

Monday, January 7, 2019 has been declared by government as Constitution Day and would be observed as a public holiday nationwide.

A statement sighted by from the Interior Ministry under the signature of the sector minister, Ambrose Dery, declared the day as a “Constitution Day” and directed that it be observed as a public holiday.

The memo from the Interior Ministry said it was worth setting aside January 7 as Constitution Day to acknowledge our collective efforts as a country in ensuring that the tenets of democracy, the rule of law and the principles of constitutionalism are upheld.

Ambrose Dery

Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery Source:
Source: UGC

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Despite the fact that the new bill laid before parliament was still awaiting consideration and approval, the Speaker of Parliament was quoted in a media interview as saying the government could always declare holidays ahead of the passage of bills.

“Government can always declare a holiday. We don’t need an act. Pending the formalisation of the process, it can in the interim declare any day as a holiday. The Minster of Interior can even declare tomorrow a holiday,” the Speaker Mike Oquaye noted.

Earlier this month, legislation was laid in parliament on government’s proposal of new holidays to be observed in the country.

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Government sought to amend the public holiday Act 2001 (Act 601) with the introduction of the ‘Constitution Day’ to be observed on January 7.

January 7, 1993, was the day the current Constitution came into force for the Fourth Republic of Ghana. This was after its approval at a Referendum held on April 28, 1992.

January 7 is also the day new Heads of State are sworn into office.

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