Sophia Akuffo, a former Chief Justice, has urged the government to use money set aside for the Independence Day festivities for worthwhile initiatives that will help Ghanaians.
She feels that it makes no sense to spend limited funds on independence festivities while the government is working to turn around a failing economy.
The national commemoration of Ghana’s 66th anniversary of independence will take place in Ho, the capital of the Volta region, on March 6; other regions will also hold their own durbars to commemorate the occasion.
The former Chief Justice said, although it is good to commemorate the occasion, infrastructure projects and other investments would help the country move forward. She was speaking to Citi News on the sidelines of a public lecture organized by the University of Ghana on the country’s 66th Independence.
“We should celebrate our Independence Day but to gather and march does not matter. I think whatever money is going to be spent on this celebration with everybody going to the Volta region, if they had selected a deprived district and built a new school or selected a ramshackle district hospital or health centre and upgraded it and named it Independence school or independence hospital, it will be good.
“Then every year they pick a region and a project and do it, that would be money better spent…this will inure to the benefit of the people, and it will last, but they are going to talk, march, eat and come back and then that’s all.”