March 8 Declared A Public Holiday
March 8, 2021, has been declared a public holiday. A statement signed by the President’s representative at the Ministry of Interior said the day has been declared a Public Holiday in accordance with the 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. For this reason, the holiday has been shifted to Monday. In addition to the public holiday, the President may, in the public interest, by executive instrument declare any other day to be a public holiday, the Holidays Act states. The statement called on Ghanaians to observe the day as a statutory public holiday nationwide. In view of the fact
that 6th March 2021 falls on a Saturday, President of Republic of Ghana, has by Executive Instrument E.I, in accordance with section 2 of the Public Holidays and the Commemorative Days Act, 2001 Act 601 declared Monday, 8th March 2021, as a Public Holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country. The 6th March parade by school children all over the
country is normally a feature of Ghana’s Independence Day celebrations. But Akufo Addo, through the Ghana Education Service GES suspended the mounting of parades as part of activities to mark the Ghana’s 64th Independence Day celebration. The 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. 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, GES noted.