Since the 66th Independence Day Celebration’s launch last month, the Volta Regional Coordinating Council has been working tirelessly to ensure that this year’s celebration is memorable.
Ho, the Volta Regional capital, and the Adaklu District will co-host the national celebration at the Volta Regional Youth Resource Centre in Adaklu.
“Our Unity, Our Strength, Our Purpose” is the theme for this year’s event.
The Special Guest of Honour is Guinea Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embaló, who is also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
More than 5,000 people from across the country are attending the event, including members of the diplomatic corps, clergy, traditional rulers, and other dignitaries.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo decided in 2017 that the independence celebrations would be held on a rotating basis in order to open the regions to the world and boost the local economy.
The Volta Region is hosting the national independence parade for the first time, commemorating the day Ghana formally freed itself from British colonial rule.
In addition to other performances, 22 contingents from various security agencies and 12 from various schools in the Volta Region would be on parade.
The march past is led by the 66 Artillery Regiment from Ho.
Many hotels in the Ho Municipality and the Adaklu District were reported to be fully booked as of Saturday, March 4, 2023, with some even booked a week in advance.
To commemorate the occasion, the regional capital has been decorated with the Ghana flag, and several offices have draped their buildings in Ghana colors (red, yellow, and green).
Ho township roads and the Atimpoku-Ho road have been resurfaced.
Ho, dubbed “Ghana’s Oxygen City” due to its clean air and tranquil environment, has come alive with various entertainment activities to celebrate the Day.
To maintain law and order, police armored vehicles and armed personnel from various security agencies have been stationed at various intersections and vantage points.
Ghana gained independence from Britain on March 6, 1957, after 83 years of British colonial rule, becoming the first Sub-Saharan African country to do so.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the country’s first President, declared Ghana “free forever” from colonial rule, marking a watershed moment in the country’s history.
Since that day, March 6 has been celebrated across the country and among Ghanaians abroad with a variety of activities, some of which are held throughout the month of March.