General News of Wednesday, 9 August 2017
A former General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Professor Nii Noi Dowuona has described as disgraceful attempts by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to credit Ghana’s independence to the founders of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).
The government through a lecture delivered by Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye claimed that founders of the UGCC are the real founders of modern Ghana and not Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
“Those who met at that time to fashion out independence for the Gold Coast did not at that time include Kwame Nkrumah, though he was to come later and add significantly to the struggle,” he argued.
The Speaker was referring to the August 4, 1947 meeting at Saltpond which led to the formation of the UGCC.
Prof. Ocquaye indicated that the meeting laid the foundation for Ghana’s independence hence Nkrumah cannot be said to be the only founder of Ghana. “It is imperative to echo loudly that Nkrumah was not “the Founder” of Ghana but I consider him one of the founding fathers, something similar to Paul who was not there when Christ gave the last supper,” he noted.
Prof. Ocquaye explained that the real founders of Ghana are the forbearers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and that Nkrumah became one of them by virtue of his invitation to come and help with the running of the UGCC.
Prof. Dowuona however pointed out that Prof. Mike Ocquaye’s claims are disgraceful since Nkrumah’s contributions are well documented.
“Anybody trying to rewrite Ghana’s history, as we’ve seen being done is like taking your barefoot to hit a stone. Who will come out bruised? “The stone will be intact, you will come out bruised if not even amputated,” he said.
Prof Dowuona insisted that Nkrumah’s role is well documented because he is a subject of study.
“I find those who are making the veil effort to be disgracing themselves in their small corner and those of us who are progressives and avowed Nkrumaists need not waste our time or be worried about this,” he said.
Prof Dowuona stated that “Nkrumah’s role with the CPP in the fight or struggle for independence does not have any equal, there is no match and there is no other fellow who has played that role in Ghana. “Any effort in this regard is just sheer waste of time and it will be a shame onto those people,” he lamented.
Prof. Dowuona said the ruling government is just expressing its views and cautioned that Nkrumaists stock will not tolerate them.