On Monday (6 March) Ghana marked her 15th Independence anniversary with a massive parade by more than 8,000 schoolchildren through Accra's Independence--formerly Black Star--Square.
On Monday (6 March) Ghana marked her 15th Independence anniversary with a massive parade by more than 8,000 schoolchildren through Accra's Independence--formerly Black Star--Square. Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Nkegbe, the Commissioner for Education, took the salute.
The Accra march coincided with a number of other parades throughout the country.
A message to the nation's youth from the Chairman of the ruling National Redemption Council (N.R.C.), Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, urged them to prepare themselves for the future and lay the necessary foundation for their lives.
It's the first independence celebrations since the N.R.C. came to power in a bloodless military coup last January.
SYNOPSIS: Accra's Independence Square, once called Black Star Square, was the scene on Monday for a massive parade marking Ghana's fifteenth independence anniversary.
Among the officials watching the parade were the Commissioner for Education, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Nkegbe, and Colonel Acquaye-Nortey, who's the National Redemption Council's Commissioner for the Greater Accra region. The National Redemption Council, whose Chairman is Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, came to power in Ghana after a bloodless military coup last January.
More than 8,000 schoolchildren were taking part in the Accra parade. There were other celebrations elsewhere in the country marking the occasion on Monday.
Lieutenant-Colonel Nkegbe took the salute.
In a statement marking the day, Colonel Acheampong told the nation's youth to rededicate themselves to the service of the nation. He urged them to prepare themselves for the future and lay the necessary foundation for their lives. But for some newspapers, however, the day was one of reflection. One state-owned newspaper said that on the whole, Ghana hadn't lived up to the challenges which independence had brought in its wake. Ghana has had four governments since independence--two military and two civilian.