Independence Day celebrations have become an annual ritual in the calendar of every Ghanaian government.
It is often characterized by pomp and pageantry, as well as attempts to remind Ghanaians of the country’s cultural and political history.
The big question remains; is it worth celebrating, given the current circumstances in which the nation finds itself?
YEN.com.gh has sampled seven reasons why the celebration of Ghana’s Independence Day should be set aside.
Security issues have become an albatross around the neck of the Akufo-Addo-led government.
The reports of violence that plagued the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election is a stark reminder of the efforts needed to be put into security, instead of Independence Day.
2. Health and Sanitation:
62 years after independence from colonial rule, Ghana continues to battle with filth, despite the policies introduced by successive governments to deal with the menace.
A nationwide effort to substantially, if not totally eliminate filth from Ghana may be a more pragmatic way to celebrate independence.
3. Politicization of the event:
Over the years, every government has sought to mark the day with activities that may be interpreted via political lenses.
A speech read by the president of the nation may be understood via a myriad of ways.
The sense of nationalism needs to be infused into the programme, so that all Ghanaians, devoid of their political leanings would appreciate their nationality and resolve to team up with others for the good of the country.
The question of funding, has in recent times, become an albatross around the neck of every government that celebrates this unique day.
Once the current administration is able to answer all piercing questions concerning the budget drawn for the event, Ghanaian hearts and minds may rest a bit, knowing that all that is planned is indeed in the interest of the nation.
Unemployment remains a national challenge to Ghana. An opportunity for qualified people to find the relevant jobs would be an idea that would be welcomed.
In that respect, a nationwide strategy to improve the chances of employment of Ghanaians, by providing training and skills development may the welcome relief a cross-section of Ghanaians are craving for.
For several years, school children are tasked with the duty of marching on Independence Day. The outcry raised against their roles often become an annual ritual.
With the onset of the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme, a decision to invest more in the educational sector may be the good news Ghanaians have been waiting for all these years.
With the recent introduction of six new regions, political appointees have increased in number and fears of the repercussions of an expanding administration continues to give Ghanaians little sleep.
A bold decision to alleviate fears by cutting down on the number may go a long way to instill hope in Ghanaians with regard to the protection of public purse.
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