Nkrumah Is Sole Freedom Fighter In Ghana -CPP Chairman
The assertions by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is not the sole fighter for Ghana’s independence has been debunked.
NPP stalwarts like Ayikoi Otoo and Kofi Jumah are reported to have claimed that the independence of Ghana was not fought for by the first President, Dr. Nkrumah, alone, and that he did not deserve to be celebrated with a Founder’s Day honour.
But, Mr. A. S. Osei-Yaw, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), has told The Chronicle that President Nkrumah was the only person who fought for the independence of Ghana, and that there were no other people associated with this golden achievement.
He likened the achievement of President Nkrumah to the biblical David, saying there were lots of soldiers when David got to the battle field, but since he mustered courage and killed Goliath, he became a hero.
Mr. Osei-Yaw said like David, Dr. Nkrumah spearheaded the struggle and won independence for Ghana singlehandedly, which feat sparked the independence flame in other Sub-Sahara countries from colonial bondage.
‘President Kwame Nkrumah is the David of Ghana. He liberated Ghanaians from the yoke of slavery, and deserves to be celebrated. People should stop equating others to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah,’ he advised.
According to the Ashanti Regional CPP Chairman, the achievement of Dr. Nkrumah, who he described as the ‘Millennium Man’, was incomparable to any government in the history of Ghana.
‘The way and manner people talk about the first President of Ghana negatively is not good, when foreigners even praise him for his good work, and cautioned that ‘it’s about time we learn something from the celebration of Founder’s Day as a country.’
Mr. Osei Yaw said President Nkrumah loved his country more than any other president, and that his vision for Ghana was great, especially in the area of education, where he revived it for the benefit of all, including the three northern regions.
The CPP Chairman, therefore, called for national policy, in line with the vision of the first President, to direct Ghana’s developmental agenda. He bemoaned a situation where, ‘we, as a country, do not know our priorities and don’t know where we are going.’
‘Government will come and go, but if we have a national policy, successive governments will only have to adhere to the national policy and put Ghana on course to development.’
He said the lack of it was the situation where projects initiated by previous governments were abandoned to rot.
Mr. Osei Yaw pointed to an uncompleted school building which was built by the NPP at Kodie in the Afigya Kwabre District, but neglected by the ruling NDC government, only for it to build the same structure for the same school, whilst that of the NPP was stalled in the bush.
He recommended that governments should learn to embrace the idea of continuity, and develop Ghana, instead of wasting scarce resources on projects that may not benefit the people.
He urged Ghanaian leaders to practice the ideologies of the first President of Ghana, particularly the free education concept, which, he said, was introduced by the CPP long ago, and debunked the claim that it was the 2012 flagbearer of NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo’s, initiative.
The Ashanti Regional Chairman indicated that the mere mention of Dr. Nkrumah brings back nostalgic feelings in the face of the factories he built, which have collapsed, but cannot be resuscitated to reduce the rising youth unemployment.
He mentioned some of them as the Bolgatanga Corned Beef factory, Jute factory, Wenchi Tomato factory, Aboso Glass factory and others, and said, ‘The foundation has been laid already, and politicians only need to follow the Nkrumahist ideologies.’
Chairman Osei-Yaw noted that industries which were set up to employ graduates (the youth) with the prime aim of telling the world that Africans can manage their own affairs ‘are collapsed, while we go soliciting funds and grants from donor partners.’
‘As a country, we have veered from production to distribution. CPP brought food production, but we are now a distributing economy,’ he noted, and advised our leaders to strive to revive the factories, instead of going to donor partners to beg for assistance.
Mr. Osei-Yaw also urged the youth to enter into the production, instead of relying on non-existent white-collar jobs.
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