August 4 holiday inconsistent with nation’s history – CPP

 Mr Bomfeh

Mr Bomfeh

The Convention People’s Party (CPP), has described the new August 4 holiday proposed in the Public Holiday Amendment Bill by the government as inconsistent with the history of the country.
The party cautioned that the most dangerous part of the public holiday amendment bill is the “disingenuous tinkering of the settled history of Ghana” on the part of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

In a memo sent to parliament and signed by the General Secretary of the party, James Kwabena Bomfeh Jnr, the party further accused government of “creating an erroneous impression with regards to our history of the country after proposing the public holiday amendment bill 2018.

“The public amendment bill will serve as a wrong precedent and a disincentive to education in the country, claims to be falsehood parts of the bill suggests the fight against colonialism began on August 4, 1897 with emergence of the Aborigines Right Protection Society.

“It is not correct as the bill purports, to suggest the liberation of our country from imperialism and colonialism began on August 4, 1897, with the formation of the Aborigines Rights Protection Society.

“The CPP has learnt with grave concern, the proposed Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which is yet to go through motions to be passed into law, we are convinced if we don’t correct certain erroneous impressions created in the proposed amendment they will serve as disincentive and slander to education and scholarship.
“The party also cautioned parliament from passing the bill as its passage will be a disservice to future generations who are to learn about the history of the country. Parliament must be cautioned that should the bill be passed, generations to come will learn from surfeit archival records of dangerous show of abuse of power by an incumbent.”
In September last year, President Nana Akufo-Addo made the proposal, for the celebration of August 4 as Founders’ Day, and September 21 as a day set aside to honour the memory of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

January 7 is being earmarked as Constitution Day by the Akufo-Addo-led administration with the bill to amend the Public Holidays Act 2001 (Act 601) to have 13 statutory holidays and two commemorative holidays if the amendments are passed.

Africa Union Day on May 25 and Republic Day on July 1 will be the two commemorative holidays. –

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