The National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament for Tamale Central Constituency, Ibrahim Mohammed Murtala, says Ghana can still proceed with the 64th Independence Day celebrations despite a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.
He said the government should hold a virtual ceremony with limited people in attendance to commemorate the day instead of suspending the celebrations sine die.
He made this comment when he appeared on Good Morning Ghana on Metro TV on Tuesday, 16 February 2021. According to him, the celebration of the Independence Day is beyond symbolism therefore government should ensure the day is observed.
“I think that we can still have the celebration of the Independence Day. Through virtual, it can be done. The President or whoever can issue the statement. We can have a limited number of the security forces embarking upon the marches that come with the celebration. If you get the selected few of the military where they observe the Covid-19 protocols for those of us who may not have the opportunity to be there, we can watch the event on TV. So, for me, it is not just the symbolism, but it is like he said and I agree absolutely, It is a reminder of how far we’ve come. The remainder of the struggle. Many people lost their lives to ensure that we’re free as we are today,” Murtala told Annie Efua Ampofo.
Celebrating the Independence Day, Murtala said, reminds us of all the sacrifices that were made by our freedom fighters to make Ghana free from colonial rule and also instils patriotism into the younger generation to do more for the country.
“Many people sacrificed a lot, so, at any point in time, the young ones who are growing up should always be reminded. For me, it also instils in them discipline, patriotism. If you have observed there have been some changes with the Independence Day celebration. When we were growing up we used to engage in these marching and at a point in time, there was a change where we engage in cultural dancing and other things. It has been reversed to the usual march pass Whatever that is it; we can take a second look at it.” he opined.
The 64th Independence Day celebration which was expected to take place on 6th March 2021, has been suspended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
This was contained in a memo issued to all Municipal and District Education Directors and Heads of all schools by the Ghana Education Service (GES) on Monday, February 15.
“Management of the Ghana Education Service wishes to inform all Regions that the 64th Independence Anniversary Parade on the 6th March 2021 has been suspended forthwith across the country,” the GES memo said.
The suspension follows the increasing coronavirus cases in Ghana.
by: Bernard Ralph Adams