John Dramani Mahama, former president, has argued that the government should use the funds set aside for this year’s Independence Day celebration to purchase vaccines for children.
On Saturday, Mr. Mahama said he was concerned after reading about the vaccine shortage in the media during a discussion with National Democratic Congress party delegates in Mepe, in the North Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region.
“Today, I was very sad when I was reading in the media, and it said that for the very first time in the 4th Republic, since 1992, today we are short of some childhood vaccines.”
“For the first time in our history, I mean the elderly can’t get their bonds, children can’t get their vaccinations, and when I was coming from Ho, Adaklu, they were cleaning the place. They brought military vehicles and are coming to land at the Ho-Airport to celebrate Independence Day.”
“Independence Day for whom?” Mr. Mahama quizzed.
“That money they are using to celebrate Independence Day could have been used to buy vaccines for our children,” he added.
The Youth Resource Centre in Ho in the Volta Region will host this year’s Independence Day parade.
Selected school children and the security services will participate in the parade.
Ghana became the first nation in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from the British
Therefore, the day commemorates the declaration of independence from the British made on March 6, 1957, by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the country’s then-prime minister.
The celebration this year has the slogan “Our Unity, Our Strength, Our Purpose” as its centrepiece.
The Special Guest will be Umaro Sissoco Embalo, President of Guinea-Bissau and Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The event is expected to draw more than 5000 participants from across the nation, including diplomats, members of the clergy, traditional leaders, and other dignitaries.
President Akufo-Addo made the decision in 2017 to hold the Independence Day celebrations in each region on a rotating basis.