Govt lays bill for two new holidays

Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior.

Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior.

THE government on Wednesday laid a bill in Parliament seeking to introduce two new holidays to the list of holidays observed in Ghana.
They are Founders’ Day to be observed on August 4 and Constitution Day slated for January 7.

It also seeking to scrap the observation of three public holidays in the country.

The three are the African Union (AU) Day which is observed on May 25, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day on September 21 and First Republic Day on July 1.
The Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill, 2018, laid by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, now seeks to make the above holidays commemorative days.

The Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill, 2018 has since been referred to the Defence and Interior Committee of the House for consideration and report.

With the referral, the committee is to consider the appropriateness of the provisions in the bill and present a report to Parliament, recommending its passage or otherwise.

The following public holidays, New Year’s Day (January 1), Independence Day March 6, Good Friday and Easter Monday, Farmers’ Day, meanwhile will remain same.

Other holidays like Eid-ul-Adha, Eid-ul-Fitr, Workers’ Day May 1, Christmas Day December 25 and Boxing Day December 26.

The House, meanwhile, yesterday approved a GH¢563,808,391 budget estimates for the Finance Ministry, a GH¢20,040,832 estimate for the Office of Head of Civil Service, and a GH¢338,687,127 for the Judiciary and the Judicial Service.

The approved estimates are to be used for the programmes of the three agencies for the year ending December 31,2019.

BY JULIUS YAO PETETSI

 

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