The Social Forum Ghana (SFG), has stressed the need for the country to define its development vision and rely on local expertise to accelerate the growth of the economy.
“We must begin once again to define our own vision and rely on our own capacity to deliver it in a consistent, integrated manner that engages all our people that support democratic political and economic decision making, that offers integrity of vision, policy, strategy and tactics across all aspects of national life,” the SFG said in a statement to commemorate Ghana’s 59th Independence anniversary celebration.
It said Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana, charted a development vision for the country and relied on the capacity of Ghanaians to stimulate the growth the country achieved in the 60s.
The Statement said no government since independent could match the development recorded under the rule of Dr Nkrumah.
“The Convention Peoples Party (CPP) development achievement – qualitatively different from the random populist scattering of projects around the country that has characterised subsequent political regimes – has not been rivaled in the 50 years since and its lessons are therefore important for Ghanaians today,” the statement said.
It said the CPP achievement was based first on a clear and concrete national vision that mobilised the masses across the country – not vague moralising, adding that the development agenda was based on an in-depth analysis of the development potential – natural resources, human and cultural resources, capital and market access.
According to the SFG, Dr. Nkrumah “would certainly have delivered a modern industrial economy within a generation if imperialism had not intervened militarily to crush it”.
The SFG expressed concern about the deteriorating social conditions and growing unemployment in the country.
“With a declining productive base, our social situation has inevitably deteriorated as well, With the intense extraction and exportation of wealth from the country living standards for the majority are crashing.
Unemployment is spreading rapidly. Our education and health systems are under-resourced and sinking,” the statement said.
The SFG paid glowing tribute to all who sacrificed their lives for the independence of the country.
By Times Reporter