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The Independence Day of Ghana is a national holiday celebrated yearly and the day is granted as an official state holiday for the citizens of Ghana both within and in the diaspora to honour and celebrate the Heroes of Ghana who led the country to attain its independence. The Independence Day is celebrated on March 6 every year. Independence Day is also remembrance of the day that marks the declaration of Ghanaian independence from the British colonial rule.
The first Prime Minister of Ghana; Kwame Nkrumah became the Head of Government from 1957 to 1960. On the 6 March 1957 Kwame Nkrumah declared to the people of Ghana about their freedom, he added that, "the African People are capable of managing their own affairs and Ghana our beloved country is free forever." Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve its independence from European colonial rule.
Many Ghanaian who have had the chance to lead the country as Presidents have commemorated the occasion of Ghana Independence Day and have declared the day a public holiday for a celebration. Granting the day as a national holiday is well recognized such that, if the 6th March of a year fell on a weekend of the Independence Day celebration, the working day that follows which is a Monday will be granted and observed as a holiday by the whole nation. Many Presidents from other African countries and Europe have been invited to Ghana to join in the celebration either as Guest Speakers or Invited Guests since the reign of former President Kwame Nkrumah till now.
A recent information concerning the impending Independence Day celebration on 6th March, 2021 has caused massive reactions across all social media platforms.
President Akufo-Addo has recently suspended the 64th Independence anniversary parade as a result of the rise in cases and deaths due to the coronavirus disease.
The Office of the Chief of Staff and President Nana Akufo-Addo have directed that this year’s 6th March celebrations and all its related activities be cancelled.
The directive applies to all jurisdictions of local governance across the country, due to the high prevalence rate of the COVID-19 cases in the country.
This year's Independence Day will not be accompanied by it usual parade. This year's Independence marks the country's 64th year of freedom from it oppressors and would have being very joyful to celebrate with an outstanding parade.
It is observed that, the Independence Day is celebrated here in Ghana with a parade of the military, police, students to mention a few.
The directive is in line with presidential measures of avoiding large gatherings as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
To this end, all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Education Directors and Heads of all schools have, through their Regional Education Directors, been asked to comply with the directive.
“Management of the Ghana Education Service wishes to inform all Regions that the 64th Independence Anniversary Parade on the 6th March 2021 has been suspended forthwith across the country,” GES noted in the memo.
GES said the decision was given in a letter from the Office of the Chief of Staff at the Presidency directing for the suspension of this year’s independence celebration and all its related activities nationwide due to the high prevalence rate of COVID-19 cases in the country.
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