Ghana holds historic 62nd Independence Day celebration in Tamale today

 

Ghana will today [6th March 2019] hold its 62nd
Independence Day anniversary parade at the Northern
Regional capital, Tamale.
This is the first time the event is being held outside the
national capital, Accra.
As it is done at such parades, students from various school
will be marching and there will be a display of all the
accoutrements of the various security agencies at the 20,000-
seater Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, where the event will be
held.
President Nana Akufo-Addo arrived in the regional capital on
Tuesday ahead of the celebration.
President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou will be the special
guest of honour at the occasion.
Ministers of State, chiefs among other dignitaries are also
expected to be in attendance.
Some have expressed concern about the security
arrangements made towards the day but the Northern
Regional Police PRO, DSP Yussif Tanko has told Citi News
that all the necessary security arrangements have been made
to ensure an incident-free celebration.
“A lot of preparatory arrangements have been instituted.
When you come to Tamale, we have intensified our patrols,
we are doing both day and night patrols. And for the visitors
who have come, lodging at hotels, guest houses and others
keeping with friends, are being protected. We have some
hotels with some dignitaries where we have particular
stationed police officers to provide security for them,” he
said.
Ahead of today’s ceremony, the city of Tamale has been
given a facelift as shoulders of principal streets in the
metropolis have been painted and weeds cleared.
Hotels and guest houses in the Tamale Metropolis are
cashing in ahead of the event with many rooms booked in
advance.
The 62nd Independence Celebration is on the theme:
“Celebrating Peace and Unity.
6th March parade cancelled in N/R districts
The 6th March celebration in all districts within the Northern
Region have also been cancelled for this year.
All the districts will instead be at the Northern Regional
capital Tamale for the national parade today.
According to the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong
Nkrumah, this was to enable all Districts and Municipal Chief
Executives, Directors of Education, staff, and school children
to participate in the national parade.
“We’ve cancelled all the district ones so that everybody
focuses on national one that is going to be held in Tamale,”

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