Akufo Addo suspends the celebration of Independence Day
President Akufo Addo has suspended all activities in relation to the celebration of Ghana’s Independence on March 6, 2021 due to the rise of the covid 19 pandemic.
The directive sighted in a memo dated February 11, 2021 was issued to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to help inform all its associate bodies and educational institutions to treat the information as urgent as it is based on the measures issued by the president in relation to the covid 19 protocols as a way to curb the spread of the virus.
On this note, GES in compliance with the directive has stated in a letter “Consequently, Management of the Ghana Education Service wishes to inform all Regions that the 64th Independence Anniversary parade on the 6th March 2021 has been suspended forthwith across the country”.
In accordance, the celebration of independence day will be a flaunt to the directives taken to curb the pandemic which the president on national television stated on January 31, 2021 “until further notice, funerals, weddings, concerts, theatrical performances and parties are banned”.
The Independence celebration of Ghana takes place every year at the independence square and this year marks the 64th anniversary celebration. However, the emergence of the deadly corona virus has made it impossible to celebrate. The annual independence celebration as part of its activities features a parade of schools, security services, governmental and non-governmental organisation and some members of the informal sector. Amidst this, a huge crowd featuring foreign nationals gather to mark the celebration.
President Akufo Addo since he became president decided to hold the ceremony in different regions annually redirecting it from the norm of holding it exclusively in Greater Accra at the Independence square since time in memorial. In 2019, the event was held in Tamale at the Northern part of Ghana. In 2020, the celebration took place at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, afterwards the country went on a mandatory lock down as it began to record its maiden case since the emergence of the virus.