Monday, January 7, 2019, has been declared by the government as Constitution Day and will be observed as a public holiday nationwide.
The announcement was made in a statement dated December 27 and signed by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery.
Earlier this month, legislation was laid in parliament on government’s proposal of new holidays to be observed in the country.
The government sought to amend the public holiday Act 2001 (Act 601) with the introduction of the ‘Constitution Day’ to be observed on January 7.
The amendment also proposed that the Africa Union day, marked on May 25, and Republic Day on July 1 be made commemorative days.
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.
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.”
Founder’s to founders’
The birthday of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah, on September 21, was initially Founder’s Day, sparking debate over whether other contributors to Ghana’s independence were being sidelined.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in 2012, first earmarked September 21, Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday
In President Nana Akufo-Addo’s proposal, September 21 will now be observed as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.
The Presidency’s statement at the time said August 4, is “obviously the most appropriate day to signify our recognition and appreciation of the collective efforts of our forebears towards the founding of a free, independent Ghana.”
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