Here’s why January 7 is a public holiday in Ghana

The Nana Akufo-Addo administration is amending the public holiday act to include January 7

The amendment is still under consideration by parliament but the Ministry of Interior has already declared the day as a holiday.

The rationale for the new holiday, according to the government, is to celebrate the longevity of the fourth republican constitution.

The 1992 constitution was promulgated on January 7 by the transitioning military administration led by Jerry John Rawlings.

The 1992 constitution is the longest surviving constitution in Ghana.

Previous ones in the first, second and third republics could not survive after military interventions and coups.

The day is being marked as “Constitution Day.”

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