Former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has called on the government to invest funds reserved for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations on developmental projects instead.
According to her, taking into consideration the current state of the economy, investing money meant for the event into projects that will inure to the benefit of the citizens was a better option.
Her comment is in reaction to the government’s announcement that this year’s 6th March celebrations will be held in the capital of the Volta Region, Ho.
This year’s anniversary celebration will mark 66 years of Ghanaian independence.
Speaking to Citi News on the sidelines of a public lecture organized by the University of Ghana on the country’s 66th Independence, the former Chief Justice urged government to invest the money into a project that will last, rather than the one-day wonder.
“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.”