Independence Day parades which were supposed to have taken place in all districts within the Northern Region have been cancelled this year.
All districts will instead be at Tamale for the national parade on March 6. According to the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, this is to enable all Districts and Municipal Chief Executives, Directors of Education, staff, and school children to participate in the national parade.
Speaking to an Accra radio station, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said they cancelled all the districts so that everybody focuses on the national one that is going to be held in Tamale.
The parade is normally held at the Black Star Square in Accra whilst districts in other regions hold their own marches in their capitals.
Government has said the 62nd Independence Day is being held in the Northern Region in commemoration of the Dagbon unity.
Meanwhile, schools in the Upper West Region are feverishly preparing for the celebration of this year’s Independence Day parade scheduled for 6th March. The Upper West Regional Co-coordinating Council, which is tasked to organize and coordinate activities of the event in the region, has also decided to shift the venue of the regional parade to Nandom,
In the Wa Municipality, about 24 primary and 17 Junior High schools comprising 33 students each as well as selected Senior High Schools, security agencies, departments, associations and clubs have been enthusiastically rehearsing for the event.
A visit to the Wa Jubilee Park also known as Naa Sadik Bomi Park, saw several uniformed pupils and students as well as security personnel engaged in colourfully rehearsals ahead of the national event.
Mr Saani Abdul Moomin, a teacher from the Wa Municipal Model JHS, was joyous of the preparations so far but said it slowed down academic activities as contact hours lost might not be fully recovered.
Mr Moomin called on Ghanaians to have a deeper reflection on the struggle of the country’s fore-fathers” towards independence and the need for citizens to be patriotic .