The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has urged Ghanaians to observe Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s Memorial Day with sobriety.
It said this was because the country was still struggling to regain its status as Africa’s brightest star after his administration was overthrown in 1966.
Nana Akosua Frimponmaa Sarpong Kumankuma, the Chairperson of the CPP, said, “Ghana has been struggling with no defined national development agenda since 1966, succeeding governments implementing knee-jerk policies which have not helped the nation to achieve economic independence.”
Nana Kumankuma, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tema to mark the day, said the birthday of the Founder of the party and Ghana, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah must be marked with landmark achievements.
“We need to reconstruct the vanguard that will lead to the attainment of Nkrumah’s ideals and transformation of the country, under a covenant,” she said.
She said the CPP had a duty to win next year’s election to liberate Ghanaians, as championed in the 1950s across Africa and the world by Dr Nkrumah whose role in the attainment of political independence cannot be overlooked.
Nana Kumankuma who is aspiring to lead the CPP as its flagbearer for Election 2024, charged the current crop of CPP leaders across the nation with the task of mobilising the people to join forces with the party to win next year’s election to safeguard Ghana’s physical growth.
She stated that Ghanaians want the CPP back in the political government of the nation to free and restore the dignity of the country among the international community.
Ghana, which once set the standard she said was now having difficulty defining the people’s route to growth, adding that Elections 2024 offered all the opportunity to restore the lost hope of the country.
She emphasised that, “Africa and Ghana must take down the artificial borders that divide us,” to advance economic cooperation, free trade, and international travel between the nations, saying that although politically liberated, it was still a long way from Osagyefo Dr Nkrumah’s vision of a united continent.
Nana Kumankuma praised Osagyfo Dr Nkrumah for his numerous achievements, stressing that no government in the nation has been able to undertake vast infrastructure development after the Nkrumah administration, with these facilities still serving as the cornerstones of many different industries.
She said recent efforts by some forces to rewrite Ghana’s history was worrying, as in doing so, they minimised Kwame Nkrumah’s role in the struggle for independence as well as in the emancipation of Black people.
She emphasised that Dr Nkrumah was the foundation of Ghana and a key figure in the emancipation of Africa.