A leading member of the Conventions Peoples Party (CPP), Prof. Agyeman Badu-Akosa, has stated that governments after the reign of Kwame Nkrumah have worked in favour of Western countries.
He said most of the programmes and policies rolled out by governments after Kwame Nkrumah favoured foreign countries other than Ghana and chastised governments after Nkrumah for their inability to oppose neo-colonialist ideas.
Prof. Akosa, who made these remarks at the commemoration of the African Liberation Day held in Accra, also said it was important for governments across Africa to wean themselves off foreign influence when taking drastic measures that affected Africans.
The African Liberation Day, originally called African Freedom Day, was founded on April 15,1958 in Accra by Dr Kwame Nkrumah. On May 25, 1963, the Organisation of African Union declared the day the “African Liberation Day” and it is celebrated across Africa annually.
Speaking on the theme, “For Africa’s liberation, political independence without economic independence is meaningless”, cited the Plant Breeders Bill currently before Parliament and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) proposed by the European Union (EU) as signs of neo-colonialist influences against Africa.
Making a case for continental unity, Prof. Akosa averred that the only way Africa could be developed was when Africa was united, saying, “we are more powerful when we are one than when we are divided”.
“The continent of Africa is not poor but Africans are poor. If we want to develop Africa, then we Africans must come together,” he said.
According to Prof. Akosa, a divided Africa favoured the neo-colonialist machinations of the West and called on African leaders to show more commitment to the cause of African unity.
Prof. Akosa bemoaned the lack of honesty among Ghanaian leaders and added that, “the secret of life is to have no fear”.
The renowned pathologist also stated the country’s problems were economic but added that the solutions were political.
“Foreign Direct Investments can only help the country if the laws in the country are in your favour and this country can only be developed by Ghanaians”, he said.
The Chairman of the Pan-African Improvement Organisation (PANIO), Mr Sekou Nkrumah, criticised our educational system because according to him, it projected colonial governors in a light better than that of Kwame Nkrumah.
He called for a massive education of the Ghanaian people about socialism and said the successes of Cuba were an example for African countries to make the state control the larger part of the economy other than the private sector.
Mr Nkrumah alleged that the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah was masterminded by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and averred that that overthrow was the beginning of the failure of Ghana and the African continent.
In its bid to enhance diplomatic relations with Africa and as well develop the human resource of Africa, Mr Tomas Mendez, the first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Ghana, said the Cuban government had granted scholarship to over 30,000 African students.
According to Mr Mendez, Dr Nkrumah was a true Pan Africanist and praised him for his exemplary leadership and vision to develop Ghana and Africa.