June 21, 2024
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You could convert Independence Day celebration funds to buy vaccines for children ~ Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said government should channel the funds earmarked for this year’s Independence Day celebration into buying vaccines for children.

Mr. Mahama who was speaking during an interaction with National Democratic Congress party delegates in Mepe in the North Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region, on Saturday, said he was left worried when he read about the vaccine shortage in the media.

“Today, I was very sad when I was reading in the media, and it said that for the very first time in the 4th Republic, since 1992, today we are short of some childhood vaccines.”

“For the first time in our history, I mean the elderly can’t get their bonds, children can’t get their vaccinations, and when I was coming from Ho, Adaklu, they were cleaning the place. They brought military vehicles and are coming to land at the Ho-Airport to celebrate Independence Day.”

“Independence Day for whom?” Mr. Mahama quizzed.

“That money they are using to celebrate Independence Day could have been used to buy vaccines for our children,” he added.

This year’s Independence Day parade will be held at the Youth Resource Centre in Ho in the Volta Region.

The parade will feature selected school children and the security services.

Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African country to attain independence from the United Kingdom (UK).

The day, therefore, marks the declaration of independence from the UK on 6 March 1957 by the then Prime Minister, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

This year’s celebration is on the theme: “Our Unity, Our Strength, Our Purpose”.

 The Special Guest will be the President of Guinea Bissau, who is also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Umaro Sissoco Embalo.

More than 5000 people across the country, including members of the diplomatic corps, the clergy, traditional leaders and other dignitaries are expected to participate in the event.

In 2017, President Akufo-Addo decided the Independence Day celebration be held on rotational basis in every region.

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