August 4, 2020, has been declared a public holiday to mark Founders’ Day in Ghana.
“The general public is hereby reminded that Tuesday, August 4, 2020, which marks Founders’ Day is a statutory Public Holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country,” the Ministry for the Interior noted in a statement.
The sector Minister, Ambrose Dery, who signed the statement urged the public to strictly adhere to all COVID-19 preventive protocols as pertaining to social gatherings in all activities on the day.
“The general public is advised to observe the safety protocols associated with the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), especially in relation to social events at public places.”
This will be the second time the day is being marked in the country after Parliament approved it in 2019.
The affected holidays were the Republic Holiday which fell on July 1, African Union (AU) Holiday which fell on May 25 and the Founder’s Day which was on Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday, September 21.
The bill explained that August 4 is being made a public holiday in place of Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day because the real fight for Ghana’s independence started on August 4, 1947, when some Ghanaian patriots like George Alfred Grant, J.B. Danquah, R.A. Awoonor-Williams, Edward Akufo-Addo, Ebenezer Ako Adjei and some chiefs formed the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) founded on the foundation of the Fante Confederacy of 1868 and Aboriginal Rights Protection Society of 1897 for the independence of Ghana.
Two opposition political parties; the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) have hinted at scrapping the Founders’ Day holiday should they win political power.