We are too old for Independence celebration, use money for more important things – Inusah Fuseini

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Member of Parliament for Tamale Central and Ranking Member on Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Inusah Abdulai Bistav Fuseini has described the grandeur associated with the celebration of Ghana’s Independence annually as unnecessary.

According to him, it is more productive to channel state resources to other important activities which impact the lives of Ghanaians.

His comments come after Ghana witnessed a colourful and spectacular event at its 63rd anniversary held in the Ashanti Regional Capital, Kumasi on Friday.

The well-attended event was marked with a march past from students, the military, market women and other groups in society, amidst a diverse display of the Ghanaian culture.

Some Ghanaians described the splendour at this year’s event as something that will be remembered in history.

Speaking on Citi FM however, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP said there is too much cost in holding the Independence celebration, especially as it was decentralized to other parts of the country.

According to him, Government should instead use the money being wasted to alleviate the poverty of Ghanaians since the “funfair beings nothing.”

“Two days ago, I saw them moving all the fuel tanks, the bazookas, and the military hardware to Kumasi. They had rented long vehicles to do that. [Look at] the cost involved. The cost of even getting people at one location to celebrate the day. The cost of even moving the President from Accra to Kumasi. Even if it’s going to be celebrated in Accra, the cost of assembling people.”

“I think that it is time for us to begin to prioritize to use the money for other equally important activities which impact the lives of the people. I just think that we are wasting too much money on funfair, while our people are languishing in poverty. And the funfair brings nothing. The celebrations that we are having today is just to satisfy our ego that we were independent on the 6th March 1957 and it brings nothing,” he stated.

Instead, Inusah Fuseini advised that the President, every year can just come to Parliament on the Independence day and address the House.

“Sixty-three years should be enough for us to mark the celebration with a day without celebrating it. We are old enough to let go of the celebrations. So on an Independence day, we only mark it. The President can come to the House [Parliament] to talk to us or do something. This country is going through a lot of challenges,” he added.

 

Source: ABCNewsgh.com

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