General News of Friday, 10 February 2017
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations estimated to cost the country some GHS20million “is a complete waste of time and money”, former Coordinator of the National Youth Authority, Dr Sekou Nkrumah, has said.
President Nana Akufo-Addo revealed on Thursday February 9 that the celebration of Ghana’s 60th anniversary would cost a total of GHS20million.
He revealed this during the unveiling of the [email protected] celebration on Thursday, February 9 at the Flagstaff House.
The president was quick to add that “corporate Ghana in particular will provide the funds for the anniversary” and that his ambition was to commemorate the anniversary “with a minimum or no burden at all on the national treasury”.
Mr Akufo-Addo had earlier promised a modest celebration during the inauguration of the planning committee.
However, the son of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who guided Ghana, then Gold Coast, to independence in 1957 and later became its first president, was of the view that the celebration was needless and “we should get serious” with developmental matters instead.
He took to his Facebook wall on Friday February 10 to express his reservations about the anniversary.