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Ghana celebrates 60th Independence Day at Independence Square

Ghana marked its 60th Independence Day at the Independence Square in the capital Accra on Monday, with a host of foreign dignitaries showing up to celebrate its position as the first Sub-Saharan country to attain independence.
At the Independence Square, troops drawn from the various security services as well as a unit of schoolchildren took part in a national anniversary parade to mark the day, which was also graced by thousands of Ghanaians and several African Heads of State including Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

The display of ground and air military hardware, policing and fire service apparatus added colour to the national parade.

Similar rallies were held throughout the country to mark the anniversary.

Addressing the parade, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said after sixty years, Ghanaians have run out of excuses, and it is time to set Ghana to rights and get the country to where it should be.

He said the challenge before the citizenry is to build the economy and generate a prosperous, progressive and dignified life for the mass of the people.

“We have a bright future, and we must mobilize all our resources and all our strengths, here and in the Ghanaian Diaspora, to get to that promised land of prosperity faster,” he said.

ACCRA (Xinhua) — Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo delivers a speech during Ghana’s 60th Independence Day celebration at the Independence Square in Accra, capital of Ghana. XINHUA PHOTO: SHI SONG
Ghana, formed from the British colonies of Gold Coast and Togoland, gained independence from British rule on March 6, 1957.


60 students receive Independence Day awards from Ghana president

ACCRA(Xinhua) — Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday presented awards to 60 students who distinguished themselves in last year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for junior high school students.

This award was instituted in 1993 to commemorate the celebration of Ghana’s birth. Every year, two graduates from the BECE are selected from each of the 10 regions for the awards. However 60 students were awarded this year to commemorate Ghana’s 60th independence birthday.

Among the criteria for selection include academic criteria, participation in co-curricular activities, exemplary conducts and other special qualities of excellence.

President Akufo-Addo said “to be a stronger and more innovative nation, Ghana must do all it can to keep the dreamers dreaming”.

He said Ghana is at the point where it needs big dreams to complete the transformation of the country.

“It is for this reason that investments in our educational system have become a key priority for my government,” he said.

The Minister of Education Matthew Opoku Prempeh advised the award recipients to eschew complacency and build on their achievements.

Ghanaians celebrate their 60 years of independence on Monday after the country attained independence on March 6, 1957 from Britain.


Ghana central bank introduces commemorative bank note for 60th anniversary

ACCRA(Xinhua) — As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, Ghana’s central bank unveiled here on Friday a commemorative Five Ghana cedi (around 1 U.S. dollar) note.

Governor of the Bank of Ghana Abdul Nashiru Issahaku said the commemorative note was legal tender and would be in circulation alongside the existing five cedi note.

It chose the portrait of a great Ghanaian intellectual, statesman and pioneering educationist, James Kwegyir Aggrey, as the image on the commemorative note.

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