Pres inaugurates 16-member c’ttee to plan 60th Indece Day anniversary

President Akufo Addo (middle) with members of the committee

President Akufo Addo (middle) with members of the committee

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, yesterday, inaugurated a committee to organise the country’s 60th Independence Day Anniversary and tasked it to make the event moderate but memorable.

He said the occasion, though a significant milestone, should not be flamboyant due to the country’s financial and economic situation.

Inaugurating the 19-member committee yesterday, the President urged the members to make the celebration modest but graceful and take into account, the country’s economic condition.

“We have a big fight ahead of us. But nonetheless, we have every reason to celebrate,” he said and added that “we do not have the money but the celebration of this milestone should be symbolic.”

President Akufo-Addo entreated the committee to keep Ghanaians abreast with their activities and make the planning process very transparent.

He said the committee had only six weeks to plan the celebration and urged them to organise a decent and appropriate event, despite the short time to prepare.

The committee has Mr. Ken Amankwah, a former deputy director general of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, who was very instrumental in the planning of the Ghana at 50 celebrations as its Chairman, with Mr. Samuel Jinapor, the Deputy Chief of Staff as the Vice Chair.

It includes a representative from the Office of the Vice President, Director of State Protocol, Representative from State Protocol, Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chief Director at the Presidency, Director, Finance and Administration at the Presidency, and Director, Budget at the Presidency.

Other members on the committee are drawn from the Ghana Armed Forces, National Security, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana Revenue Authority, and Ghana National Fire Service.

The rest are the Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Information, and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts.

The President also announced a committee to plan an award ceremony for distinguished personalities who have contributed to the independence of the country.

They are Prof. Yaw Twumasi, political scientist, Prof Irene Odotei, Prof J.H. Nketia, Dr. Audery Gadzekpo, and Kwaku Essilfie.

By Yaw Kyei

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