Let’s Build on Nkrumah’s legacy
. President Urges Ghanaians
Story: KWEKU TSEN
PRESIDENT John Evans Atta Mills has called on Ghanaians to build upon the legacy that Dr. Nkrumah left for the Country in order for posterity to judge them kindly and place them at he proper place in the country’s history.
We are not celebrating the birthday of Dr. Nkrumah for his sake, but what he stood for and accomplished for he nation,” he said.
President Mills made the remark in a dawn broadcast to the nation yesterday as he paid glowing tribute to the founder of the nation, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
He reminded Ghanaians that the transient nature of governments and human frailty made it imperative for all to unite for the sake of advancing the social and economic progress for the nation.
He said the nation had reached a critical stage in her development in which politics of inclusiveness should rather regulate the conduct of the economy by ensuring that government tapped the views and opinions of the finest brains irrespective of their political colouring or ethnic background.
President Mills said the country’s contemporary politics, which was characterized by multiparty democracy, had robbed the nation of fine ideas and views from its citizens needed to transform Ghana from a subservient economy to that of a self-reliant one.
President Mills said the celebration of the day opened a new chapter for Ghanaians to do away with divisiveness and mudslinging which retarded the well-being of the country and instead concentrate on issues which united all sections of the society and march the nation forward.
According to him, the nation needed the ideas and opinions of all, including teachers, civil servants fishermen, farmers and members of all professional bodies, to find the best possible way to redeem the people from the clutches of poverty, deprivation, illiteracy, squalor and want which were threatening the smooth and orderly development of the country.
President Mills asked Ghanaians not to lose hope in the current situation, stressing that ‘there are rays of hope flickering through the skies and with focus and hard work, we would be able to build a better Ghana”.
“Let us care for each other and in doing so we may care for mother Ghana and advance the nation’s development,” he said.
He said although the nation might be going through some difficult times which had impacted harshly on the conditions of life of the vast majority of the people, the Government was working hard to fix the economy to ensure the quantitative and qualitative improvement in the quality of life of the people.
President Mills advised the youth of the country to work hard to actualize their cherished dreams and goals and avoid using short cuts to acquire wealth and lead ostentatious lifestyles.
Commenting on Nkrumah’s birthday, President Mills described him as a man of vision whose ideas transcended generations and continued to provide prescriptions for the development of the country and Africa as a whole.
He said the acknowledgment of the African union (AU) to celebrate the life of Dr. Nkrumah and the decision of the Government to declare his birthday as a national holiday in the country attested to the global stature of the founder of the nation.
President Mills said apart from working hard to secure political independence for the country and establishing a solid manufacturing and infrastructural base for Ghana, Dr Nkrumah also waged a relentless war on the bondage of colonialism for the continent’s liberation.
President Mills said Dr. Nkrumah opened the doors for people, irrespective of their profession and where they hailed from, to have a taste of front-line politics, which hitherto belonged to the educated elite.
DAILY GRAPHIC - Page: 24 Tuesday, September 22, 2009