‘Adapt Nkrumah’s Seven-Year Development Plan’

Kwame_NkrumahA group known as the Kwame Nkrumah Inspired Citizens Movement (KNICM) has called on government to adapt and implement the seven-year development plan initiated by the first President, Dr. Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, in 1964, to save the country’s economy and the falling currency.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra yesterday, the chairman of the movement, Dr. Maxwell Kofi Awuku, noted that the plan provides theblueprint not only for present economic stability but for future progress and development of the nation.

Mr. Awuku, who is a past managing director of Metro Mass Transport Limited, attributed the crisis confronting the economy to the overthrow and the subsequent abandonment of the plan in 1966.

According to him, Dr. Nkrumah had envisioned a prosperous and industrialized nation, that would serve the needs of its people and had, therefore, initiated the plan after having presented it to Parliament in 1964.

He noted that Dr. Nkrumah had said in Parliament that “I can already see in my mind’s eye, a picture of Ghana as it will be by the end of the plan period. I see a state with a strong and virile economy, its agriculture and industry buoyantly and prosperous, an industrialized nation serving the needs of its people”.

He emphasized that without implementing the said plan, successive governments cannot at any point in time achieve social-economic development, in this country, and called on the youth to rise up and demand from government to fall on the said plan in governing the country.

Dr. Awuku stated that partisan approach to resolving the current economic crisis could only jeopardize the stability of the nation, and therefore, advised that the problem be dealt with holistically without recourse to partisan consideration.

He stressed that the seven-year development plan lays its greatest emphasis on the modernization of agriculture and the most rapid expansion of industrial activity in Ghana.

Dr. Awuku said the essential aim of the plan was  provide for Ghanaians who are able and willing to work, the opportunity for employment.

“We urged the government to garner the confidence and boldness to adapt and implement the plan which we strongly believe that the nation’s economy could be saved in the face of this crisis”, he stated. By Charles Amankwa

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