“I will scrap the African Union (AU) holiday off in Ghana” …. – Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom

The leader of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) says he will scrap the African Union (AU) holiday from the list of holidays in the nation’s books when given the mandate at the November 2016 polls.

Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom believed though the day is worth remembering, it does not deserve to be made a holiday.

The PPP leader made the comment as the whole continent as well as Africans in diaspora mark the day when the founders of independent African nations got together to fashion a common cause for the continent.

A statement authored by Dr Nduom said “I am for commemorating this day to remember those who fought for our liberation and independence and to think through what we must do to guarantee African people a high quality of life.”

But he noted “We need to work for stronger institutions, good economies across the continent and prosperity for our people.”

The achievements of the listed things, the business magnate said “will not be achieved through holiday upon a holiday.”

Touching on the consequences of such holidays on the health of the nation’s economy, Dr Nduom said “We lose productivity and reduce the opportunity to become competitive nations this way.”

Read the full statement below:

Another holiday, to celebrate Africa Day? Why?

I am for commemorating this day to remember those who fought for our liberation and independence and to think through what we must do to guarantee African people a high quality of life.

But we need to WORK for stronger institutions, good economies across the continent and prosperity for our people.

These will not be achieved through holiday upon a holiday. We lose productivity and reduce the opportunity to become competitive nations this way.

Let’s get rid of it. This will be on my hit list as the President of the Republic of Ghana.

Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom

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