As part of measures to reduce the spread of the Novel coronavirus pandemic 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 due to the ban on social gatherings involving large number of participants.
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.
Consequently, in a press statement dated February 15, the office said the Ghana Education Service has suspended the 64th Anniversary celebrations nationwide.
Thus, no parade, neither will the Independence Square march by schools and organisations hold.
The Independence Day of Ghana is a national holiday celebrated yearly on the 6th of March annually 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.
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.
This years celebration is the 64th Year since Ghana gained independence in 1957.