Parliament finally passes law on new public holidays

Parliament finally passes law on new public holidays

The Parliament of Ghana has finally passed the Public Holidays Amendment Bill 2018 into law making January 7 and August 4 public holidays.

According to the constitution, these days would be celebrated as Constitution and Founders' days respectively.

However, July 1 which was celebrated as Republic Day and May 25, celebrated as AU Day have been scrapped off completely.

Parliament finally passes law on new public holidays

Parliament finally passes law on new public holidays Source:UGC
Source: UGC

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Under the same amendment, September 21, which is celebrated as the Founder’s Day holiday would now become the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day and would be observed with a holiday.

Acording to Joy News reports, the Bill was passed in the absence of the Minority who staged another walk out in protest of the changes.

Last week, the Minority walked out of the House when the proposed changes were debated and did same on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, but that did not stop the bill from getting passed.

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When the Speaker Prof. Mike Ocquaye asked “as many as are in favor of the motion say aye,” the aye was resounding.

However, when he asked “as many as are against say no,” there was no response. The Minority were out of the House.

Of the three proposed holidays, August 4 Founders’ Day was the most controversial.

The opposition National Democratic Congress have repeatedly accused the government of trying to rewrite Ghana’s history by obliterating the influence of Kwame Nkrumah and the CPP and elevating JB Danquah and his UGCC party.

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