May Day, otherwise known as Labor Day is a public holiday in many countries around the world. The dates can vary but it usually occurs on May, 1. May Day had a different meaning altogether as an International workers day out of the 19th Century Labour movement done purposely for the rights of workers.
Workers contribute immensely to every county’s economy and hence the need for them to be celebrated in order that they would be highly encouraged to work more effectively to boost the worldwide economy.
Ghana, just like some other countries celebrates Labour day on May 1. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, countries have canceled all rallies and social gatherings and Ghana is no exception.
However, the existence of the novel Coronavirus in the country did not hinder the celebration of May Day. The celebration came off anyway, but in a virtual way. Every program and activity took place virtually. Some of these activities include the president’s May Day celebration speech which took place virtually as well as the hope concert organized by the Christian Network Alliance Ghana at 4 pm today.
However, something popped up in a long post by the Ghana Police Service that caught the attention of most social media users.
During the May Day celebration today, some workers of Adom 106.3 FM, a renowned radio station in Ghana decided to dress in various uniforms of security and health personnel in the country to honour the day as well as their essential services to the nation.
Social media was buzzing when workers of Adom Fm 106.3 dressed up in various uniforms of some workers in the country which was explained by the Ghana Police Service to be unaccepted. The Ghana Police Service explained why it was inappropriate for the workers of the renowned radio station to wear the uniforms without the permission from the Ghana Police Service. The Police Service added that the radio station decided to breach section 28 of the Police Service Act, 1970(ACT 350) which stipulates the unlawful possession of uniform and other property. The Ghana Police service made this information available in their recent post on Facebook.
“Adom 106.3 FM a whole media house decided to breach the law in the name of May Day Celebration,should this be encouraged? Should you not be arrested for breaching section 28 of the Police Service Act 1970 (ACT 350)? It is not easy to merit the Police Uniform, please obey the law at all times. All that a person/corporate body which wants to use the uniform has to do is to officially ask for permission, which is granted in most cases”.
This post on Facebook brought about mixed reactions. While some people were in support of the post from the Ghana Police Service, others commented that the media workers were just imitating these security and health workers because of their selfless services to the county especially during the lockdown.
In the comments under the post, one Prince said; ‘well I think they were mimicking the police army and nurse because of your selfless act during the lockdown. you were the heroes that’s why I think they are doing this as a gesture’
Later, the Ghana Police Service explained in another post “The Police Service is not against the use of uniforms by media houses for education including the use of uniform today by Adom 106.3 FM to celebrate frontline workers. However, the use of Police Uniforms and other accoutrements are guided by laws. Individuals and media houses are expected to write for permission to use the Police Uniform and educate people to do the same”.