The Information Services Department (ISD) has apologised to President John Mahama and Ghanaians for embarrassing them over grammatical errors and “misrepresentations” in the Event Brochure for the 59th Independence Day celebration.
The Event Brochure, which outlined the programme of the 59th Independence Day Parade at the Black Starr Square as well as gave some historical facts about Ghana, named Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta as the ‘President of the Republic of Ghana’.
“Ghana is now recognized as having attained low-income status in the world,” part of the Event Brochure erroneously stated. The Brochure also went ahead to state that “Ghana is strategically positioned on the equator making her the centre of the of the globe. And like the sun, she radiates light to all parts of the world!”
Further, the Brochure, which is gone viral on social media due to its errors, omitted the letter ‘s’ in ‘Arms’ in the part which sought to explain what ‘The Coat of Arms’ stood for.
The acting director of the ISD, Francis Kwarteng Arthur has issued a statement to apologise on behalf of the National Planning Committee of the parade.
Below is the full statement:
STATEMENT ON EVENT BROCHURE FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
The Information Services Department (ISD) wishes, on behalf of the National Planning Committee of the 59th Independence Anniversary Planning Committee, to apologise for the misrepresentations in the Event Brochure of the impressive 59th Independence Day Parade at the Black Star Square.
The Department, which authored the content of the brochure, accepts responsibility and wishes to unreservedly apologise for the development.
Francis Kwarteng ARTHUR
INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Monday, March 07, 2016