Accra, Mar 06, GNA – A colourful parade of school children and the security agencies laced with spectacular military displays at the Independence Square marked Ghana’s 61 years nationhood.
This year’s event was held under the theme "Ghana beyond Aid"
On hand to add to the importance of the celebration was Nigerian President, Mahammadu Buhari, who was the Special Guest of Honour.
Among the tall list of high profile personalities present were the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, two former Presidents – Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor, the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the Second Lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia, and former Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur.
Also there were Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, members’ of the diplomatic community, religious and traditional leaders.
The leadership of the various political parties including Mr. Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Mr Bernard Mornah, Chairman of the People's National Convention (PNC), and Dr. Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, the National Chairman of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) would not be left out.
The celebration began with the taking of the national salute by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, after which, he reviewed the parade, flanked by the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa and the Inspector General of Police (IGP)David Asante Appeatu.
Fifty-nine (59) officers and 1,134 men from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Prison Service, the Police Service, the Immigration Service, the National Fire Service and the Custom Division of the Ghana Revenue Agency (GRA) together with 758 teachers, students, and pupils drawn from Basic and Senior High Schools formed the parade.
In attendance were the Mass Band of the GAF and the Police Band.
There were spectacular air, ground and sea displays by the Air Force, Navy and the Army.
The school children performed some cultural displays.
Ghana, formerly called the Gold Coast, was led to independence from British Colonial rule by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on March 06, 1957.