Ghana’s parliament has passed the Public Holidays Amendment Bill 2018 into law.
The bill, which is seeking to scrap AU Day and Republic Day as public holidays and introduce January 7 as Constitution Day and make September 21 Nkrumah Memorial Day, generated heated exchanges on the floor during the consideration stage leading to a walkout by the Minority side.
The opposition lawmakers vehemently opposed to the move arguing that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is seeking to re-write the history of Ghana and glorify his late family members such as J.B. Danquah and Ofori-Atta.
Accra 100.5FM’s parliamentary correspondent Richard Appiah Sarpong reported that immediately the bill was introduced for the 3rd reading and subsequent passage on Tuesday, the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu led his charges out of the chamber – again.
The bill was nonetheless passed by the majority.
The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye said: “The Public Holidays Amendment Bill is duly read for the third time and is passed.”