Ghana today marks its 59th anniversary as a Republican state.
A statement from the Ministry of the Interior says it is not a holiday.
Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence, on 6 March 1957.
Three years later, Prime Minister Osagyefo Dr. Kwame was sworn into office as the first President of the country and the republicwas proclaimed on 1 July 1960.
It was on July 1, 1960 that Ghana’s colonial umbilical cord was completely cut off from the United Kingdom.
On that day, the Queen of England who was the Governor General over Ghana for 100 years finally said farewell to Ghana.
Until 2019, Republic Day was a public holiday.
Under the Public Holiday Amendment Bill which was passed in March 2019, Republic Day becomes a commemorative day.
In a related development, the NDC salutes Ghanaians on the 59th anniversary of Ghana’s Republic.
The party says through the efforts of the first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, this feat was achieved on 1st July, 1960.
A statement signed by its National Communications Director Kakra Essamuah bemoaned the refusal of government to observe the day as a holiday to celebrate efforts of the country’s forebears.
The party says the mere commemoration of the day is an attempt by govermnment to rob the gallant forbears the historical credit and recognition they deserve.