Minority boycotts parliament during debate on the Holiday Amendment Bill

It has become a norm for the minority in parliament to storm out anytime they disagree with the agenda being discussed.

Recently, it was reported that the minority stormed out of parliament during the swearing-in of the newly elected Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan.

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Well, the Minority on Thursday, 28th February walked out of Parliament during a debate on the Holiday Amendment Bill.

According to the minority, the holiday bill was an attempt to change the history of Ghana including the view that Ghana was founded by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, hence their decision to storm out.

The government is seeking an amendment to the Public Holidays Act that will make August 4 a Founders’ Day public holiday.

Under the same amendment, September 21, which is celebrated as the Founder’s Day holiday will now become the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day holiday.

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The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Public Holidays Act, 2001 (Act 601) to provide for the January 7, August 4 and September 21, as additional statutory public holidays and for the celebration of May 25, and July 1, as commemorative days.

Per the bill all 3 days will be observed as statutory holidays in addition to the two already existing commemorative days, July 1 and May 25, Republic Day and AU Day, respectively.

The Amendment Bill outlined the number of holidays in the year. These are “New Year Day (1st January) Constitution Day (January 7) Independence Day (6TH March), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Eid-al-Fitr (Ramadan), Workers Day (1st May), Farmers Day (1st Friday in December) Christmas Day (25th December), Boxing Day (26th December), African Union Day (25th May), Republic Day (1st July).”

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been constantly accusing the Akufo-led administration of rewriting the history of Ghana.

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Lizbeth has a B.A in Communication Studies (Journalism option) from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. She loves to read, travel and has a strong passion for writing.


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