PRESIDENTS KENYATA, JOSE MARIO VAZ JOIN GHANA TO MARK 59TH INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY
Ghana’s 59th Independence Day Anniversary has been commemorated with a parade of school children and security institutions.
The theme for this year’s celebrations was “Investing in the Youth for Ghana’s Transformation”.
Present at the ceremony in Accra, this morning, were the Presidents of Kenya and Guinea Bissau, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E Jose Mario Vaz, the Vice President of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur, the two Former Presidents of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor, the Chief Justice, Speaker of Parliament, Members of Parliament, Traditional and Religious Leaders, and leaders of the various Political Parties in the country.
President John Dramani Mahama, in an address, charged Ghanaians to safeguard the country’s independence for the younger generation to have a free, peaceful and democratic nation.
President Mahama was of the view that it was the responsibility of Ghanaians to maintain the liberation struggle and foundations laid by Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his compatriots.
The President said every individual had a role to play in the successes and failures of the nation, noting that when Kofi Annan became the UN Secretary General, it was the face of Ghana that was lifted high.
He said notwithstanding the challenges, Ghana had been the pace setter and a beacon of hope to many African countries and stressed the need to foster unity and peace by improving on what needed to be done and not letting the challenges demoralize the nation.
The President urged all Ghanaians to live up to the second stanza of the national anthem by hailing to their nation and be ready to work for the good of the country.
In his remarks, the President of Kenya and Special Guest of Honor for the celebration, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, urged Ghana to join forces with Kenya to fight the menace of terrorism in the continent.
President Kenyatta said peace and security played a key role in the economic growth and sustainable development of countries, hence the need to preserve the gains of independence as well as the values of democracy, adding that the continent should come together to champion a common cause against terrorism. – ISD