Ghana gained her independence from colonial British rule on March 6, 1957. Today March 6, 2021 marks the 64th anniversary of Independence.
But this time around, the national celebrations has been marked in a rather different setting at the forecourt of the Jubilee House, seat of the nations presidency due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings.
The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo addressed the nation at a small parade held as part of the Independence Day celebrations held at the forecourt of the Jubilee House.
Over the past 63 years, Ghana had marked the Independence Day celebrations with a march past and performances from school children and the security services in their full regalia at the independence Square and regional Jubilee parks across the country. But not this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ghana’s first prime minister and president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah at the stroke of midnight on March 6th, 1957 declared Ghana as independent from British colonial rule, thus making her the first country to do so in Sub Saharan Africa.
A statement sighted on President Akufo-Addo’s social media page by newstodaygh.com read:
“Ghana will on March 6th 2021 mark 64 years since it gained Independence from British colonial rule.
The national celebration would be marked in a rather different setting at the forecourt of the Jubilee House. This is due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to address citizens from the forecourt of the presidency as part of the celebrations.
Ghana has over the years marked the Independence Day celebrations with a march past and performances from the security services in their full regalia.
The country’s first president and prime minister, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on March 6th, 1957 declared Ghana as independent from the British colonial regime making it the first African country to do so.”
President Akufo-Addo, addressing the nation on the occasion of Ghana’s 64th-anniversary charged Ghanaians to come on board in the quest for economic recovery.
“Ghana is taking steps to revitalise the economy. A process that is hinged on the GHS 1 billion Ghana Cares Obatanpa programme. This is aimed at transforming our economy, which is our main national priority.”
“The Minister for Finance will within the month, provide further details on measures to be taken to spiral the process of economic recovery.”
“The benefits of this economic recovery agenda will begin to show a year from now. A year from now, our quest to move Ghana to a situation beyond aid will be accelerated, and our self-reliance enhanced. A year from today, Ghana will become one of the fastest-growing economies not only in the continent but the world at large.”
“A year from now, we will begin processing our raw materials and effects more jobs will be created for the millions of Ghanaian youths.
Fellow Ghanaians, this is not beyond us. If we put our mind to it, we, who were the first to gain independence, can make it,” President Akufo-Addo admonished.
This year’s Independence Day celebration was held virtually at the forecourt of the Jubilee house due to the pandemic.