Nkrumah’s 7-yr devt plan remains relevant – CPP
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has stated that the seven-year development plan initiated by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana in the 1960s, remains relevant today.
It explained that considering the current economic quagmire, there was the need to revisit the plan to transform the slow pace of progress, growth and development of the country.
The party called on Ghanaians to vote it into power next year to enable it to deliver rapid socioeconomic development which had eluded the nation since the overthrow of the CPP government in 1996.
“The seven-year development plan initiated by Dr Nkrumah in the 1960s remains relevant today, especially considering the current economic quagmire the country was facing,” the CPP said.
Nana Akosua Sarpong-Kumankumah, the Chairperson of CPP, who made the call, appealed to Ghanaians to make the hard decision by ending the duopoly of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and vote the CPP into power in the 2024 elections.
Speaking at a news conference held in Accra to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the overthrow of Dr Nkrumah, she postulated that it was enough for the duopoly which had not been able to resolve the country’s challenges, which did not need magic but formula which was lacking in both the NDC and NPP.
“The NPP and NDC have shown over the years they do not have what is needed to deliver the development citizens desire because the seven-year development plan of the Nkrumah-led administration, which was truncated as a result of the 1966 coup d’état, contained major developmental projects, which the CPP intends to deliver to restore the country to its glory.
“We must stop blaming the leadership of our country but ourselves, because if they would have done it, they would have done it by now, however, the overthrow of the CPP government led by Dr Nkrumah remained the darkest day in the history of our country.
“The unfortunate event did not only truncate progress, growth and development, but worsened the socioeconomic situation of the citizenry, and to honour his memory, the party has outlined programmes in March this year,” Nana Sarpong-Kumankumah noted.
Dr Maxwell Awuku, a former Deputy Eastern Regional Minister under the Dr Hilla Limann government, reiterated the need for the nation to strengthen its revenue mobilisation efforts to reduce reliance on foreign donors, and he eulogised Dr Nkrumah, who he stressed ensured the country was economically independent during his era.
Sylvester Sarpong Soprano, Director of Communications, CPP, said Dr Nkrumah initiated policies and programmes to transform the wellbeing of the people, and admonished the youth to join the party, and push it with their votes to ensure victory in the 2024 elections.