REVIEW CELEBRATION OF FOUNDER’S DAY
ALTHOUGH March 6 marks Independence Day in Ghana, the day is inevitably used to celebrate Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who spearheaded the Gold Coast to the attainment of independence.
On this day, the media broadcasts the Independence Day speech given by Dr. Nkrumah on the polo ground as well as part of his life history
March 6, therefore, adequately commemorates Dr Kwame Nkrumah. I therefore, see no need to mark the September 21, which is his birthday as a public holiday.
‘A country that do not honour its heros in not worth dying for, but one thing worth noting is that Dr. Nkrumah never fought for independence single handedly, therefore should we declare Dr. Nkrumah’s birthday as a public holiday, then in what way are we remembering the immense contribution of persons like Obetsebi Lamptey, Ako adjei, Ofori Atta, Edward Akufo Addo and J.B. Danquah who together with Dr.Nkrumah made up the famous big six? Should their respective birthdays be made public holidays too?
On September 21, I would rather suggest that the history of Dr. Nkrumah and the members of the big six, as well as all those who played a part in the attainment of independent from our British colonial masters are publicized in the electronic and the print media.
I suggest we make “founders’ day instead of founder’s day.
Additionally, the national flag could be flown at half mast0to commemorate Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s death April 27.
To declare the entire day as a statutory public holiday is unproductive.
This implies that all work in the ministries, departments and agencies will be brought to a halt, and the academic calendars in schools will also be disrupted.
Precious and productive working hour will be lost, in the name of Dr. Nkrumah’s birthday now founder’s day.
Should Dr. Nkrumah be alive today, he would definitely not be in favour of declaring September 21 as a holiday.
Dr. Nkrumah himself believed in the slogan ‘work and happiness’
Scarce national resources that were used to foot the budget of the Nkrumah centenary Committee could have been channeled to other productive sectors.
Holidays in Ghana are noting but occasions where people drink their heads off and engage in various God forsaken activities.
The question is, on this so called statutory holiday, how many people will even wear the paraphernalia of Dr.Nkrumah or even celebrate it in remembrance of him?
The Ghanaian calendar already has enough public holidays, I therefore appeal to the president and his cabinet to review critically this statutory holiday.
Daily Graphic Page 10 Monday, October 18, 2010