Ghana Turns 51
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President John Agyekum Kufuor is expected to address a national parade of security forces and school children at the Independence Square in Accra on Thursday morning as the climax of a week-long celebration of political independence from British Colonial rule. Government's spokesperson on Social Services, Kofi Amponsah Bediako, has told Joy News that the President will use the occasion to enumerate some of the successes the nation has achieved under his leadership, in the spheres of economic and political stability, improvement in educational infrastructure and in humanitarian services. The celebrations have already seen flag hoisting ceremonies, Religious prayers for the nation, inter-schools debate and presentation of State awards and scholarships to excelling students across the country. Ghana attained independence from British rule on March 6, 1957, with the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as her first leader. The Day is marked as a statutory public holiday and would be President Kufuor's last in office as he bows out after serving two four-year terms at the end of the year when elections are expected to usher in a new president. Celebration of the Day last year was a year-long affair as the nation marshaled its all to mark a colourful golden jubilee anniversary. Stay with us for events from the parade grounds.