General News of Wednesday, 7 January 2015
President Mahama will spend the greater part of his second anniversary as President of Ghana which falls today, Wednesday January 7 in a cocoa farm at Assin Senchem in the Central Region.
The farm, according to a statement by the Flagstaff House belongs to a young cocoa farmer.
Mr Mahama will join the “farm owner and his workers to work on the farm and use the opportunity to encourage more young people to go into large scale farming”.
The President before his trip to the Central region will inspect a Guard of Honour and preside over a Change of Guard Ceremony at the forecourt of the Flagstaff House.
Changing of Guard is a formal, often elaborate and well-choreographed ceremony during which uniformed men and women who provide guard duties at important state institutions like the seat of government, the Flagstaff House, are relieved by a new batch of colleagues.
What was previously an internal exercise was elevated into a monthly public Change of Guard ceremony by President John Dramani Mahama in 2013. The practice was common during the First Republic but fell on the blind side of national ceremonial activities thereafter.
Today’s ceremony will be witnessed by Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Service Commanders, the Diplomatic Corps and members of the general public.