July 1 (Republic Day), which used to be a statutory public holiday, will now be observed as a commemorative day instead.
This follows President Akufo-Addo’s assent to the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 the minister of interior, Ambrose Dery, announced that the president has officially assented to the Act.
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"The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo assented to the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 986) on 16th April, 2019," sections of the statement read.
"The Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 986) states, Statutory Public Holidays and Commemorative days,” it added.
Meanwhile, two more holidays have been officially added to Ghana’s holidays as part of the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019.
To this end, August 4 of every year will henceforth be a public holiday and will be known as Founders Day.
Also, January 7 of every year will be commemorated as Constitution Day.
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.
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July 1 (Republic Day) and May 25 (AU Day) will now be observed as commemorative days only.
This brings to 13, the number of public holidays in Ghana currently, including the religious holidays.
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