13TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF POSITIVE ACTION
January 8, 1963
Today is the 13th Anniversary of the day on which we declared Positive Action. Positive Action was the means by which we exerted political pressure for the achievement of our independence. As we celebrate this eventful day in our history, I come to salute you, the fighting members of our revolutionary Party.
Today, Party branches throughout the country are celebrating this anniversary in a spirit of revival. Once again, we are embarking upon Positive Action — positive action in reanimating that spirit of dynamism and solidarity that guided us through the successive phases of our struggle for national independence and unity.
Wherever we may be today, let all of us Ghanaians reflect upon the vital sequence of events that flowed from our adoption of Positive Action, both for Ghana and for Africa. As you reflect, you will realize that it was your deep sense of discipline and comradeship that crowned our efforts in victory, and brought us to the proud and enviable position which we now hold. And you will not fail to draw inspiration from this dynamic period of our history and rededicate yourselves to the heavy tasks ahead.
The struggle for independence was not easy. Still we stood firm, secure in our unity of purpose and determination, which spurred our courage and patriotism and brought us victory in the battle for independence. After this battle was won, with the organised forces led by our Party, we were able within a short time to plan our first national programme, the fruit of our Party’s identification with the well-being of the chiefs and people of Ghana.
We used our victory also to assist the struggle of our brothers for freedom in other parts of Africa. Comrades, the African revolution is the greatest political phenomenon of this latter half of the 20th century, and we of our great Party and of Ghana, should be proud that we are taking an active part in the revolution.
The struggle for the liberation and unity of Africa is paramount. The freedom and independence of every state and every territory in Africa is bound up with, and can only be realised in, the total emancipation of the African continent from political and economic imperialism. Without the political unity of Africa, the individual efforts of the several African states will be in vain, and the African masses will be the sufferers.
That is why, Comrades, I demand of every one of you the greatest effort and most devotion towards the realisation of our plans and objectives. Every one of you must rekindle that divine spark that flamed within our Party in the early stages of our struggle. For that is the spark that will re-animate our Party’s dynamism and your devotion to our Party’s purpose and its fulfilment.
On this 13th Anniversary of our historic Positive Action, l expect every one of you to put aside selfish concerns, and in the spirit of comradeship and enthusiasm which characterised the Party during the first phase of our revolution, to stand shoulder to shoulder to bring to a successful conclusion, the second phase of our revolution —the construction of a Socialist Ghana and a free and united Africa. Only the same dynamism and sense of unity which enable us to dislodge the forces of colonialism in Ghana can spur us on apace to this in greater victory.
You must take seriously, the diffusion of Party education. For it is through Party education that we will raise the political imperialist and neo-colonialist intrigues. It is only through Party education that we can secure the appreciation of the masses for our objective and engage their politically conscious support in achieving our aim of socialist transformation.
We must also re-dedicate ourselves anew to the service of Africa. We have completely defeated imperialism and colonialism in Ghana. We shall never allow them to raise their ugly heads again in this dear land of ours. Our enemies and detractors have tried unsuccessfully to arrest our progress, but you have demonstrated solidarity and a loyalty that has frustrated and destroyed their hopes and plans. What remains for us to do now, is to advance into the ramparts, of colonialism and imperialism in every part of Africa - wherever they may be and to destroy them.
Comrades, you must re-arm yourselves in understanding and dedication for the task ahead. You must bury past inaction and bestir yourselves to give I unselfishly of your best and utmost in helping to build Ghana into a prosperous and happy country, and in bringing independence and unity throughout Africa.
For we are determined to create a society in which no man shall fear oppression; a society in which all shall be free within the law: in which there shall be work for all and in which the condition for the happiness of each is the condition for the happiness of all; a socialist society that will be a blessing to all living within it.
And to succeed — as succeed we must, for the sake of the masses, whose interests are our prime concern and whose welfare is our supreme law you must each devote yourselves without stint of thought of self to this sacred cause of Ghana’s and Africa’s redemption.
Forward with the Party! Forward to African Unity! Forward to Socialism!