The United States Embassy in Ghana has commended the West African nation’s commitment to democratic values, the rule of law, and economic development as the nation celebrates 58 years of independence.
Ghana is the first British colony in Africa to obtain its independence, on March 6, 1957, with Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as its first Prime Minister.
Ghana will commemorate its 58th independence celebration today with parades and social activities across the country. A national parade of schoolchildren and contingents of security personnel will climax the celebration at the Black Star Square in Accra where President John Dramani Mahama will take the national salute.
Similar parades will be held in all the regional and district capitals, during which representatives of the President will take the salute and read the President’s speech.
This year’s celebration has the theme, “Achieving Transformation through National Unity.”
As part of the celebrations, series of activities have been organised for different segments of the society.
Some of the activities are prayers for the nation by the various religions; wreath-laying and flag-raising ceremonies to mark the 28th February Crossroads shooting incident; finals of the senior high school debate and presentation of awards to selected schoolchildren by the President.
The United States Embassy in their congratulatory message delivered by Gene Cretz, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana assured of their commitment “to continue to strengthen our partnership in many areas” including military enforcement’s, solving the energy problems through the power Africa project and ensuring food security.
Read the full statement below
“On behalf of the people of the United States, the Embassy of the United States of America wishes to congratulate the government and people of Ghana on the occasion of its 58th independence day.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Ghana in 1957 when Ghana gained its independence. The U.S and Ghana share a long history promoting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. The partnership between our two countries is strong because to this day we share a commitment to democratic values, the rule of law, and economic development.
Ghana and the United States continue to strengthen our partnership in many areas. For instance, the militaries of our two countries have cooperated in numerous joint training exercises through the U.S. Africa Command and are working to jointly address maritime and other regional security issues.
Through the Young African Leaders, Power Africa, Feed the Future and Partnership for Growth initiatives, the U.S. is pleased to work side by side with Ghana to broaden and deepen our longstanding friendship.
The United States has enjoyed good relations with Ghana at a nonofficial, people-to-people level since Ghana’s independence. Thousands of Ghanaians have been educated in the United States, and vice versa. Close relations are maintained between educational and scientific institutions, and cultural links are strong. Together, we are translating those shared values into action.
On this occasion, the Embassy of the United States of America wishes all Ghanaians a joyful, and festive celebration. The United States looks forward to building upon our strong partnership in the years to come.”