Today is a public holiday in Ghana-Constitution Day. This is an unfamiliar holiday and some Ghanaians are yet to have a good understanding of what the day is about. Just in case you need more information about the Constitution Day holiday, this is for you.
7th January 2019 marks the maiden observation of Constitution Day following the declaration by government that 7th January will be observed as Constitution Day. As a result of this declaration, the day is officially a public holiday. There have been concerns about why the day must be a public holiday, especially when quite a number of citizens do not appreciate what the day is about.
Constitution Day is observed in recognition of the commencement of the 4th Republican constitutional dispensation on January 7, 1993.
According to the government, the day is also marked to acknowledge the country’s efforts at upholding democracy, the rule of law and the principles of constitutionalism.
Despite public controversy and varying concerns on the matter, the Government of Ghana presented a bill before parliament to amend the Public Holidays Act to include January 7, August 4 and September 21 as statutory public holidays.