…NDC Will Honor Nkrumah on Founder’s Day
Madam Anita Desoso, the second vice chairperson of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has reiterated that the National Democratic Congress, as a social democrat party, has high regard for Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and for that they will continue to honor and celebrate him as the founder of Ghana on Founder’s Day.
According to her, although Kwame Nkrumah was the founder of the socialist Convention People’s Party, the NDC, as a party, holds his socialist ideology in high esteem, hence the move by the party, during its time in government, set 21st September of every year to remember him as Ghana’s rightful founder.
Madam Desoso’s comments follow comments and suggestions made by some leading members of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP), including the Speaker of Parliament, that a day could be set aside to celebrate Dr. Nkrumah because he did a lot for the nation, in terms of development projects and the quest for education, but not the dedication of a day to be the Founder’s Day in honour of Dr. Nkrumah.
The Speaker’s remarks during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the formation of the UGCC in Accra over the weekend has generated a hot debate between members of the ruling party and the opposition parties such as the NDC and the CPP.
While some describe Prof. Oquaye’s remarks as needless attempts to rewrite Ghana’s history in a manner that discredits Kwame Nkrumah’s role in Ghana’s independence, others also believe that it is irrelevant.
However, the NDC’s Second Vice Chairperson believes that it is about time Ghanaians acknowledged the importance of celebrating Nkrumah not only as an iconic figure for Ghana, but to the entire continent of Africa.
“We have to take note that the name ‘Kwame Nkrumah’ is famous in Ghana and the world over and this is a fact that cannot be disputed by anyone. So the attempt by the New Patriotic Party to distort historical facts would not help their agenda. The NPP can go and celebrate their founders, but when the day comes for us, as members of NDC, CPP, etc to celebrate our founder’s day which is supposed to be a public holiday in the country, let the government inform us that the day will not be a holiday,” she charged.
She disagreed with the Right Honorable Speaker, Prof. Mike Oquaye’s remarks and dared the Akufo-Addo-led government to initiate attempts to cancel the celebration of the Founder’s Day, scheduled to come off on the 21st of September, this year.
“What I am saying is that very soon 21st September will be here with us again and let’s see whether they can cancel the celebration of the Founder’s Day for us to see that they are men. Secondly, the CPP’s political ideology as a socialist party is one that the NDC, as a social democrat party, fully embraced and support and so it’s never true that the CPP has allowed NDC to hijack the their concept,” she added.
The National Founder’s Day was set aside as a public holiday to commemorate the birthday of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, of blessed memory, by the late President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.
The event is observed on September 21 of every year to honour the founding fathers of our Motherland.
Dr. Nkrumah attended the Achimota School and later trained as a teacher. He studied in the United States between 1935 and 1939 to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln University.
He broke away from the UGCC in 1949 to form the Convention People’s Party (CPP). In 1956, the CPP won the elections leading to independence, which saw Kwame Nkrumah into office as the first Prime Minister and later President of Ghana.
The achievements of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah distinguished him among his contemporaries. His ideology for pan-Africanism, African liberation, and self-governance earned him an enviable reputation worldwide.
As an international icon of freedom in Africa, Kwame Nkrumah was the first black leader to succeed in championing the cause for independence from the British colony in 1957.
He is fondly remembered for the improved roads, schools, hospitals, factories, the Akosombo Dam, the Tema Harbour and the economic stability, just to mention a few.