President pays tribute to forebears as nation celebrates Founders’ Day

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has paid homage to the country’s forebears who played significant roles towards the liberation from colonialism and imperialism.

The President, in a post on social media to commemorate the Founders’ Day celebration yesterday, urged Ghanaians to take inspiration from the struggle and contribute to the country’s economic advancement.

“We must, as a mark of reverence to our forebears, work to free ourselves from the economic arrangements designed by the former colonial power to serve its particular purpose at the time”.

“We must make concerted efforts to break away from the neo-colonial structure of the raw material producing and exporting economy, which has, largely, been our lot,” the post said.

The President urged Ghanaians to put their shoulders to the wheel and drive the nation to its destination as a united, developed, prosperous, free and democratic nation.

The Founders’ Day was moved from September 21, the birthday of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, to August 4 following the passing of the Public Holiday Amendment law in March 2019

It is a day to celebrate all the people who played diverse roles towards the country’s independence in 1957. August 4 marks two important events in Ghana’s history. 

It is the date for the formation of the Aborigines’ Rights Protection Society by John Mensah Sarbah in 1897, and the formation of the first political party, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1947.

BY YAW KYEI

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