Regret And Forgiveness; Reply To Welcome Address By Chiefs And People Of Sekondi-Takoradi
May 26, 1962
I have listened carefully to your address of welcome and I thank you for all the things you have said.
The story of the last strike here is a sad one, and the less said about it, the better. Some of you were misled and allowed yourselves to be used in a manner that struck at the very roots of States Security. However, all that is now past. We have all learnt a useful lesson — a lesson teaching us the importance of personal and national vigilance in guarding the security of our Party and our State.
It is important that we should remind ourselves constantly that Ghana is in a peculiar position. Because of our dynamic and uncompromising stand for Africa, we have incurred the inveterate hate of the imperialists and colonialists; because of our progressive outlook in regard to human dignity and equality, those I who spurned the masses in the days of colonial rule and who thought they would rule the country when we attained independence, have become our detractors, and traducers, wishing the Ghana Government were in the hands of puppets they could manipulate. We have a great responsibility, therefore, to guard our national security and to uphold the Constitution with the utmost jealousy and care.
The Convention People’s Party is your Party. The Government is your own — the people’s and the worker’s Government, and the measures we have introduced for improving the conditions of the masses bear eloquent testimony to the keen interest which the Party and the Government take in the welfare and progress of the country.
We are moving forward at such a rapid pace, that none of you can afford to sit back unconcerned. If you do, you will be quickly overtaken by events. We are proud, and you should be proud, too, that our struggle for freedom had some substantial beginnings here in Sekondi-Takoradi and this should make you active guides for the Party and the Government. Never again should Sekondi-Takoradi go the way it went.
I accept your apology and take note of the firm vows and promises you made today. All I ask is that you should never again break faith with the Party. What has passed should be a lesson for us to understand that a people’s revolution does not thrive on past achievements. It guards the present and pushes on to secure the future against counter-revolution and subversion.
I will cherish the memory of this act of repentance and reconciliation, and I am happy to inform you that I have directed that those of our workers who were dismissed and detained and whom the Government recently released should be given back their jobs.
Nananom, Comrades and Friends, I thank you for the presents you have given me and I hope that today will mark the opening of a new and inspiring chapter in the relations between Sekondi-Takoradi and our great Party and Government.