Ho to host this year’s 31st December revolution anniversary

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Former President J.J. Rawlings

The Volta Regional capital, Ho, will host this year’s 36th anniversary of the 31st December revolution under the theme ’Uniting around the principles of probity, accountability, and social justice”.

According to former president Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings the event will feature a route march and a Durbar of chiefs and people, as well as a wreath-laying ceremony.

The perpetual flame will also be lit at the event.

The former president said this year’s event will be a sober and reflective moment, which seeks to remind the Ghanaian populace of the principles that underpinned the popular revolution.

Rawlings made the comment at the inaugural meeting of the Local Organizing Committee led by the Volta Regional MPs caucus Chairman, Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, and the Volta Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress, John Kwadwo Gyapong.

Other members of the committee include the immediate past Regional Minister of the Volta Region, Helen Ntosu, Former Deputy Regional Minister Francis Ganyaglo, MP for Ho Central, Benjamin Kpodo, Chairperson of the Volta Women’s working committee and former minister of state, Dzifa Attivor, former MP for Ho Central Capt George Nfodjo, and the former Regional Chairman of the Volta Regional NDC, Kwasi Aboagye.

The committee includes the cadres of the revolution led by their Volta Regional Chairman Comrade Frank Adoba.

Also represented at the meeting were the Regional Youth and Women’s wing of the NDC, the Ho Central NDC, the Muslim community and the 31st December Women’s movement.

The inaugural meeting was attended by members of the Central Planning Committee, led by the Secretary of the National Interim Management Committee of the United Cadres Front.
On 31st December 1981, former President Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings led a group of soldiers to topple the late president Hilla Liman’s government to form the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC).

The PNDC was an amalgamation of the Armed Forces Revolution Council (AFRC) which on 4th June 1978, deposed the Supreme Military Council (SMC) II, and handed over power to Liman’s government after elections.
The PNDC steered the affairs of the country until 1992 when the country was returned to constitutional democracy.