Government to mark birth of UGCC

A thanksgiving and memorial service, as well as, an anniversary lecture will be held on August 4 to commemorate the day.

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According to the committee, August 4 is one of the momentous and significant days in the history of Ghana.

Making the announcements at a press briefing at the Flagstaff House in Accra today, a Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor said “it is our contention that the Ghana of today was conceived on that day and that is why we have placed so much significance on the day and that is appropriate to honour that day and ensure that the importance of that day is told to the people.”

A thanksgiving and memorial service, as well as, an anniversary lecture will be held on August 4 to commemorate the establishment of the Aborigines Rights Protection Society by John Mensah Sarbah and others and the formation of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).

The non-denominational service would be held at Saltpond where the first nationalist political party, the UGCC was formed while the anniversary lecture would take place at 6 pm on the same day at the National Theatre.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will be the Special Guest of Honour at the Memorial Service.

According to Mr Jinapor, on August 4, 1947, Paa Grant and his colleagues converged on Saltpond to establish the first nationalist political movement of the country, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).

“It was at this gathering that the ingredients of the Ghana of today, the democratic, free and prosperous country was conceived and out of that, Ghana attained independence,” he added.

Meanwhile, the anniversary lecture will be delivered by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Qquaye under the topic “4th August, Ghana’s day of Destiny”.

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