Jan 9, 19
Constitution Day is ‘meaningless’; we’ll abolish it – Asiedu Nketiah
General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has described the Constitution Day as meaningless.
He says the NDC will abolish the holiday which does not add anything to the country’s development.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, the NDC scribe explained that he could not fathom why the Nana Addo led NPP government would want to rewrite the country’s history.
“The Constitution Day should at least give meaning to the country’s democracy, but in this case what will be your explanation if you are asked about the constitutional holiday. We will certainly abolish it when we come to power,” he said.
“It would have been more prudent to have June 4th which had a military government overthrown and a constitutional government restored and even had the perpetrators killed celebrated because that reminds us of something that we have never thought of returning to as a country,” he added.
The government has, through the Ministry of Interior, declared every January 7, as a public holiday.
In a statement signed by the Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery, he said the day “has been declared a Public Holiday as “Constitution Day”.
Government recently tabled a bill in parliament seeking to amend the public holiday act.
President Nana Akufo-Addo made the proposal, the legislation will also designate August 4 as Founders’ Day.
The new bill which was laid by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, on Thursday, December 13 is seeking to make January 7 Constitution Day and August 4, Founders’ Day.
It is however proposing to scrap the AU holiday on May 25 as well as the Republic holiday on July 1.
If approved, the already existing Founder’s Day holiday which is observed on September 21 will now be observed only as a Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day and would be a public holiday.
This means the AU and Republic days will also be observed only as commemorative days.
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