His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has by Executive Instrument (E.I), in accordance with section 2 of the Public Holidays and Commemorative Days Act, 2001 (Act 601) declared Monday, 8th March 2021, as a Public Holiday.
A statement signed by the President’s representative at the Ministry of the Interior said the day has been declared a Public Holiday in accordance with section 2 of the Public Holidays and Commemorative Days Act, 2001 (Act 601).
March 6 is set aside every year in the country as a holiday to mark Ghana’s independence, but this year’s celebration falls on a weekend so for this reason, the holiday has been shifted to Monday.
The Holidays Act also added that, the President may, in the public interest, by executive instrument declare any other day to be a public holiday.
The statement called on Ghanaians to observe the day as a statutory public holiday nationwide.
The 6th March parade by school children all over the country is normally a feature of Ghana’s Independence Day celebrations.
This directive is in line with presidential measures of avoiding large gatherings as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
To this end, all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Education Directors and Heads of all schools have, through their Regional Education Directors, been asked to comply with the directive.