January 7 and August 4 have now been declared public holidays after the Public Holidays Amendment Bill 2018 was passed by Parliament.
January 7 will now be celebrated as Constitution Day leaving September 21 as a commemorative day and August 4 will now be Founders’ Day.
“The Holidays Amendment Bill 2018 is duly read for the third time and passed,” Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Ocquaye said.
This bill was passed in the absence of the Minority in parliament who boycotted the proceedings. The Minority led by Haruna Iddrisu, who is the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South argues that, the NPP government is trying to rewrite the country’s history with the bill.
Mr Iddrisu said anytime there was a change in leadership in the country, that historical anomaly would be corrected and indicated that the frequent changes would not do any good to the country’s image.
He also faulted the government’s decision to celebrate January 7 as a holiday, and indicated that the President and MPs were sworn in on January 7.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), known for its support for Nkrumaist ideals, said the move is an attempt to distort Ghana’s history.