Socialist Forum celebrates Kwame Nkrumah

A founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe has expressed his disappointment at discourses of intellectuals who are expected to provide leadership to guide all aspects of development in the country.

According to Dr Tamakloe, the discourses by intellectuals on the state of the economy and its future direction had “left us in a state of confusion as year-in-year-out despondency and hopelessness are the only outcomes.”

He  said  this on Monday in Accra  at the celebration of  the Real Founder’s Day organised by the  Socialist  Forum  Ghana  (SFG)  which was under the theme “111 years of struggle: Nkrumah never dies.”

He explained that his disappointment was based on the fact that society had invested much in their training and that much was expected of them.

Dr Tamakloe said governments after governments, since Nkrumah have relied on loans, grants and donor support to embark on developmental projects, which  he described as  “cosmetic.”

Despite  this,  he  stated that  when it  comes  to reviews  or assessments of economic  performances,  intellectuals  always  found  good  reasons  to account  for the  state of decay.

He  said  Dr  Kwame  Nkrumah  had so far been the only leader with a vision,  indicating that  the massive development programmes  implemented  by  him  were underpinned by carefully  crafted, intellectually sound development plans.

“The consequence of these plans was that Ghana saw immense development in all sectors of national life,” he added.

In all these was the policy of Africanisation, which created better career opportunities for Ghanaians to be at the forefront of all institutions, he said.

Dr Tamakloe said Nkrumah selflessly dedicated his life to Ghana and Africa and  demonstrated  how the people  of Africa could prepare  themselves  for  service as  well as  strive to unite  Africa and harness  its wealth  for the benefit of all.

The General Secretary of SFG, Mr Kwesi Pratt Jnr said Nkrumah would continue to be celebrated as the founder of Ghana because leaders and upcoming leaders have to take inspiration from the ideals and ideas of the first President of the country.

 He said Dr Nkrumah taught Ghanaians and Africans at large that, “we can manage and utilise our own resources to achieve success.”

Mr Pratt said “those  who are trying to  rewrite  the  history of this country will  fail  as  September 21  will continue to be  the founder’s  day.”

BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU AND GLORIA NSIAH MINTAH

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