Some public holidays are just so unnecessary and irrelevant to Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the founder of the Progressive People’s Party.
He recently took his thoughts to social media making reference to the just ended May 25 (Africa Day) public holiday carved out as a statutory holiday in some African Union (AU) member countries in Africa.
Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25, 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). It is a day carved out for the celebration of African Unity.
It is observed as a public holiday in six African countries. They are; Ghana, Mali, Namibia, Zambia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. However, celebrations are held in some African countries.
Nduom sharing his thoughts on it said that such public holidays are irrelevant and insignificant to Ghana’s growth. While he appreciated what the day stands for, he said that such a holiday reduces productivity therefore should be scrapped.
Nduom implied that Ghana has no time to waste on frivolities, as there is the need to build strong institutions, good economies and empowerment schemes for citizens.
Read his full post below
WE DO NOT NEED AN AFRICA DAY HOLIDAY – LETS GET RID OF IT.
Another holiday, to celebrate Africa Day? Why?
I am for commemorating this day to remember those who fought for our liberation and independence and to think through what we must do to guarantee African people a high quality of life.
But we need to WORK for stronger institutions, good economies across the continent and prosperity for our people. These will not be achieved through holiday upon holiday. We lose productivity and reduce the opportunity to become competitive nations this way.
Let’s get rid of it. This will be on my hit list as the President of the Republic of Ghana.
Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom