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Residents blamed COVID-19 for their inability to celebrate Independence Day

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As Ghanaians looked forward celebrate Independence Day, some residents in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region forgot about the event. To them, though the date was on their minds, they had forgotten the day.

In a random interview, some residents told A1 Radio that, COVID-19 coupled with the postponement of the celebration contributed to their inability to observe the day.

Thomas Ayine, a teacher said: “The date was in my mind but it never occurred to me that it was actually Independence Day. Of late, due to COVID-19, our minds are scattered, some of us are thinking about how to be safe from this virus, how to provide food for the family, and the rest. Actually, I forget the day.”

“The very day I read about the postponement of the celebration, that was the reason the day disappeared from my mind. It is funny but I forgot that today is even Independence Day.” Prosper Atinga said.

Robert Awal also said he never knew that 6th March was even today, let alone celebrate the day. “At this pandemic era what is there to observe, my brother, as I’m talking to you now, I am thinking about how I will be safe from this virus.”

Independence Day of Ghana is a national holiday celebrated each year on March 6. The day is an official day where citizens of Ghana both within and in the diaspora honor and celebrate the heroes of Ghana who led the country to attain its independence.

But due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the celebration of the event was postponed as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Source: a1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana

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