DECLARATION OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2020 AS PUBLIC HOLIDAY

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The general public is hereby reminded that Tuesday, August 4, 2020, which marks Founders’ Day is a statutory Public Holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country.

The general public is advised to observe the safety protocols associated with the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), especially in relation to social events in public places.

Signed
AMBROSE DERY (MP)
MINISTER FOR THE INTERIOR

Background To Founders’ Day Celebration

It would be recalled that in 1874, Great Britain colonized Ghana then referred to as the Gold Coast.

But after Britain was weakened by World War II, there was a rising desire for independence, with Ghana becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence, on 6 March 1957.

August 4th marks two important milestones in Ghana’s history.

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Firstly, August 4th is the date for the formation of the Aborigines’ Rights Protection Society by John Mensah Sarbah in 1897, and the formation of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1947 by J.B. Danquah and George Alfred “Paa” Grant.

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