Ghanaians mark Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day in houour of 1st president

Ghanaians yesterday observed the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, a day set aside to celebrate and honour the country’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

Previously marked as Founder’s Day to remember his role as the one who led Ghana to independence, it was changed to celebrate Dr Nkrumah’s birthday following the passage of the Public Holidays Act in 2018.

Today’s commemoration would have been Dr Nkrumah’s 113 birthday if he were alive.

The celebration was mostly done with series of public lectures to highlight the achievements and impacts the former president made in the struggle for independence and fights against colonialism in the West Africa sub-region.

At one of such, the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of failing in the fight against illegal small-scale mining, popularly known as galamsey.

According to General Secretary of CPP, Nana YaaAkyempemJantuah, the current situation was in contrast to the promise by the president that he would put his presidency on the line to deal with illegal mining.

She said it was in order for President Akufo-Addo to resign.

“I think it is time for him to resign, I think it is time for Nana Addo to put down his job and allow competent people to take over. He has failed the fight against galamsey, he should resign.

“We, in the Convention Peoples Party are asking him to stick to his promises,” she indicated.

NORMAN COOPER reports that, in its message on the occasion of this year’s Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, the Peoples National Convention (PNC) assured Ghanaians that its future government would continue Osagyefo’s vision for Ghana, and that of Dr Hilla Limann to ensuring a better living condition for every Ghanaian.

The General Secretary of the PNC, Janet Asana Nabla said the vision of President Osagyefo Nkrumah for the African continent was summarised in the numerous infrastructures scattered throughout the country and industrialisation agenda he embarked upon.

“These are what made his contemporaries to contend that he was a generational thinker.

“With the deep-rooted wisdom and dignity, the innate respect for human lives, the intense humanity that is our heritage, the African race, united under one federal government, will emerge not as just another world blocto flaunt its wealth and strength, but as a Great Power whose greatness is indestructible because it is built not on fear, envy and suspicion, nor won at the expense of others, but founded on hope, trust, friendship and directed to the good of all mankind.”

“We in the PNC wish all Ghanaians a happy founder’s day and to the entire Africa a happy day in honour of a selfless leader,” the PNC added.

BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS

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