The year 2014 would go down in the annals of Ghana’s history as one of the most vicious phases of impoverishment of the people of Ghana since independence in 1957. Electricity price rises began in 2013 has seen a net 65% increase in 4months , water has seen a 7% rise, fuel has seen a 13% rise , VAT a 2.5% rise, all impacting on transportation cost by as much as 50%. Not surprisingly, inflation is at 13.5% and rising. The depreciation of our currency brings its own woes.
Many accept that the CPP stance on the economy shared by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is the right stance for Ghana’s economy which is that:
• The Ghanaian economy should not rely on fiscal austerity and inflation targeting.
• Employment creation should be the country’s foremost growth and development strategy.
• Ghana’s trade liberalization policy has restrained growth of our manufacturing and agricultural sectors and the major cause of unemployment in the economy. A policy that makes us dependent on imports and it is largely the cause of our trade deficit and pressure on the value of our currency and exchange rate.
The Convention People’s Party, (CPP), believes that our current situation testifies to the fact that February 24th, 1966, is the darkest day of infamy in the fifty-seven years of Ghana’s independence. It was on that date that a section of Ghana’s military, in collaboration with foreign co-conspirators, violently overthrew the constitutional government of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) led by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
The military treason derailed the developmental course chartered by the CPP for Ghana’s development. It dismantled the foundation for accelerated growth and development initiated by the CPP government. It destroyed the educational program based on a policy of “Fee-free Compulsory Education.” as well as the CPP government’s comprehensive healthcare system.
What the country is facing today is proof that successive governments of Ghana have supervised the destruction of manufacturing plants sited at strategic locations around Ghana by the CPP government.
The National Liberation Council (NLC), the military-cum-police dictatorship that overthrew the constitutional CPP government, orchestrated deliberate destruction of the political image of Kwame Nkrumah and the work done by the CPP government.
One of the first acts of the NLC military dictatorship was to ban the existence of the CPP as an organization including its branches, limbs and leaves. The NLC banned the Ghana Young Pioneer Movement that took school age children off the streets and imbibed them with ideas about love of nation and service to humanity. It dismantled also the Ghana Workers Brigade, an organization that was on the road to becoming a self-sufficient institution that provided jobs for young men and women who served society in a disciplined fashion.
Governments since 1966 have accepted a consensus that champion the private foreign sector of Ghana’s economy subjecting all other sectors to such foreign private interests. As a result, instead of wealth for all including Ghanaian local entrepreneurs, they have produced poverty, insecurity and dangerous division in our society. They have produced corruption, intolerance and repression within the state institutions that administer our society.
The CPP has always had a consistent social-political theory for enlarging Ghana’s prosperity. It emphasises the well-being and security of Ghana and the importance of being self-reliant and productive as opposed to globalized dependency. The CPP offers the best means by which we can build a just society in which the increasing standard of life of the majority is the benchmark for everybody.
As part of activities marking the 48th year of the overthrow of the CPP Government, the CPP On Sunday, February 23 will be holding a vigil at its National Headquarters:
Dress code: Red or Black
The general public and the media are all cordially invited.
The CPP Youth League as part of the Positive Education Coalition (PEC) is organizing a “ Smash Colonial Studies In Ghana” a seminar at the University of Ghana, SRC Union Building , 5.30 pm.
The General Public and the media are all invited.
Nii Armah Akomfrah
CPP Director of Communication
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