The week of 7-14 March has been declared National Development Week in Ghana and it will be accompanied by prayer and fasting across the country. Christians of all denominations are being urged to take part in the initiative, which will culminate in a national thanksgiving service in Independence Square in Accra and in all regional and district capitals on 14 March. Muslims, traditionalists and people of other faiths are also being invited to participate.

The week, which will be observed annually, focuses public attention on the issues and challenges facing Ghana in areas such as the media, agriculture, youth, the fledgling oil industry, education and the judiciary. Ghanaians will also be invited to pray for the president and other people in power.