ACCRA, The Reverend Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, the Speaker of Parliament, has been picked to deliver Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary lecture on Aug 4, 2017, at the Accra International Conference Centre on the theme, 4th August, Ghana’s Day of Destiny.

The lecture is expected to chronicle the events of the national liberation struggle from Aug 4, 1897, to the day of Ghana’s independence on March 6, 1957. A delegation from the Ghana’s 60th Independence Anniversary Committee, led by its Chairman, Ken Amankwaa, and Vice-Chairman Abu Jinapor, called on the Speaker Monday to formally invite him to deliver the lecture.

Jinapor praised the Speaker, not only for his statesmanship, but also for his pedigree in academia, politics, religion and public service, explaining that the choice was based on those values.

He explained the significance of the date in the struggle for independence, when in the Gold Coast, Ghana’s pre-independence name, the Aborigines Rights Protection Society (ARPS), led by John Mensah Sarbah, was formed as a coalition of different groups of intellectuals in Cape Coast and Southern Ghana, to protect the traditional land tenure practices of the indigenous Gold Coast peoples from being usurped by the colonial government of Britain.

It is on record that The Gold Coast ARPS became a voice for the rights of indigenous peoples by both broadcasting their aims in their own newspaper, Gold Coast Aborigines, and advocating on behalf of indigenous land rights by presenting the reasons for their opposition to the Lands Bill of 1897 in front of the Legislative Council.

Prof Oquaye acknowledged the invitation to him to deliver the lecture and said it was an honour to the House.