CPP: GHANA HAS BEEN GROPING IN THE DARK SINCE FEB 24, 1966
THE GHANAIANT IMES THURSDAY, FEBRAURY 25, PAGE 12
BY DOGLAS AKWASI OWUSU
Yesterday, February 24 marked the 44th anniversary of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana and as part of activities for the commemoration , the convention peoples party (CPP) held a press conference in Accra.
Addressing it, Mr. Ladi Nylander, chairman and leader of the party, observed that the flame of African emancipation and the progression towards the creation of an African personality and African identity was extinguished but the coup d’état that overthrew the government of the first republic led by dr. Nkrumah.
By that single betrayal, the clock of our development , as a nation capable of managing its own affairs, was set back and since then we as a people have been groping in the dark with unsteady steps in global politics that were attained by the cpp during the 1st republic, he pointed out.
He stated that the heights was attained through hard work, selfless and dedicated leadership and through a well organised and planned economy that achieved the objectives crating a Ghana where no citizen would have any anxiety about obtained the basic necessities of life.
The programme to ensure the provision of such basic necessities of life for all Ghanaians was anchored firmly on an industrialization programme that made joblessness and homelessness alien to Ghanaian culture and catapulted Ghana in to a haven for all Africans and for Africans in the Diaspora , he said
Mr. Nylander said Ghana has retrogressed into a neo-colonial country where we appear more in tune with seeking manna from abroad than as we regularly say in CPP, ‘bring our economy back home’
Successive governments have sold off strategic national assets for mere pottage and to further aggravate the situation, we have, over the years enacted investment laws without an effective machinery to monitor their implementation, resulting in regrettable situations in areas foreigners are competing with Ghanaians in areas exclusively reserved for Ghanaians in trade, commence and industry, he noted.
Lets go back to the basics by going with the cpp model of self-determination, social justice and pan Africanism under which the nation will grove effect to the directive principals of state policy as contained in the constitution.
Touching on the Golden Jubilee of Ghana’s Republic day, which falls on 1st July this year, Mr. Nylander said Ghanaians need to appropriately celebrate the august day to appreciation to Dr. Nkrumah and the CPP who fought relentlessly for the nation to achieve the great feat which all Ghanaians are basking in.
The day marked the severing of our umbilical cord, as a nation, form the colonial authorities leading to the ushering of Ghana into full and independent statehood, he stated, adding that a state does not honour its heroes is not worth dying for.