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JANUARY 7 IS GHANA'S ‘DAY OF DESTINY’: SAYS PROF OQUAYE

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The Speaker of Parliament, Aaron Mike Oquaye, has described January 7 as Ghana's "day of destiny" which should be recognised and celebrated as such.

The Speaker of Parliament, Aaron Mike Oquaye, has described January 7 as Ghana's "day of destiny" which should be recognised and celebrated as such.

The country yesterday marked the maiden Constitution Day public holiday with a public lecture.

January 7 has been set aside by the Akufo-Addo administration to recognise the coming into force of the 1992 constitution and the beginning of the 4th Republic.

President Akufo-Addo yesterday said the day has been set aside to celebrate the ‘longest’ period of constitutional rule in the country’s history.

According to him, the newly instituted holiday is also to acknowledge the collective efforts of Ghanaiaans in upholding the tenets of democracy.

“On this first #ConstitutionDay, we celebrate the longest, undisturbed period of stable, constitutional rule in the history of Ghana and acknowledge our collective efforts, as a country, in upholding the tenets of democracy, the rule of law and the principles of constitutionalism,” the President tweeted.

Prof Oquaye believes celebrating January 7 as a ‘Constitution Day’, instead of July 1 as a ‘Republic Day’, is a prudent move that should be embraced by all Ghanaians.

In an article, titled “What is the Republic Day in Ghana?”, he asks: "If we take 1st July as “Ghana’s Republic Day”, what Republic Day are we talking about? Are we celebrating that which was destroyed, abandoned, repudiated on 24th February 1966 or 7th January 1993, the day on which the 1992 Constitution was brought to being? How do you celebrate that which is otiose, dead and gone and replaced with another?”(Read full article at p10)

NPP hails day

Meanwhile, the ruling New patriotic Party has welcomed the newly-set aside “Constitution Day”.

The party in a press release signed by its General Secretary, John Boadu, noted that the 4th Republic marks a significant milestone in Ghana’s democratic journey.

According to the NPP, it reminds Ghanaians of their “renewed and unfettered commitment to upholding the very tenets of rule of law, charter of liberty, constitutionalism and democratic governance.”

The party further said the Constitution Day also reminds Ghanaians of their collective commitment to a regime of an uninterrupted constitutional order.

“This solemn commitment was manifested on January 7, 1993, with the coming into force of the 1992 constitution of Ghana ushering in the in the 4th Republican dispensation, the most enduring Republic in our history, which is 26 years today and counting,” the NPP added.