Former National Communications Officer of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Solomon Nkansah has hailed the current NPP administration’s decision to decentralized the celebration of Ghana’s Independence Day.
According to him, the idea to move the celebrations from the nation’s capital ‘must not die’ when the NPP government is kicked out of power, but rather must be embraced by future governments.
“I am telling you, when the programme (Independence Day Celebration) was moved from Accra to the North, it was fantastic, but Kumasi was super. . .,” Solomon Nkansah gushed on NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’.
He, however, was unhappy at the organiser’s attempt to ridicule former President John Dramani Mahama’s absence at the function by circulating a picture of an empty chair with his name embossed on it.
“If you look at the programme with the royal gracing of the occasion, His Majesty, the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in the seat, it was super. . .then you disgrace him with an empty chair…We don’t owe NPP people any explanation . . . every Ghanaian knows Mahama is a responsible person,” he added.
Ghana marked 63 years of independence March 6, 2020 with a parade at Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital.
This is the second time the celebration is being held outside Accra after Tamale in 2019.
The National parade was held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on the theme; “Consolidating Our Gains.”
Like other years, the celebration featured march pasts and performances from the security services.
Various groups comprising of masqueraders, kayayei among others also marched.
Some dance troupes and gymnasts also performed during the event.
The celebration was graced by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley and Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II among others.