The Progressive People’s Party (PPP), has sent a nostalgic message to all Ghanaians on the 111th Birthday of the Founder, First Prime Minister and First President of the Republic of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
The party joined Ghanaians in honouring all the country’s courageous heroes and especially Dr Kwame Nkrumah who, according to the statement, “made the greatest sacrifice in our struggle for independence from colonial rule”.
In a release signed by the party’s National Secretary, Paa Kow Ackon, the party asked Ghanaians, especially, the youth to reflect on the legacies left over by the forbearers and emulate their actions.
“In remembrance of the auspicious day, we urge the youth of Ghana to reflect on the varied legacies and actions of our fore-bearers that have left us today not only infrastructural development but also the sense of discipline, support for local industry, commitment to high standards and the history and culture that nourish us”, it said.
They, also, praised, Dr Nkrumah for introducing the Accelerated Development Plan for Education saying, “One important milestone, worthy of praise, was Nkrumah’s Accelerated Development Plan for Education, which produced many brilliant professionals across the political divide because it was free for all”.
The release also asked Ghanaians to count their blessings and advocates for citizens to stand proud and “honour Nkrumah’s vision to industrialize the nation with Ghanaians at the commanding heights of the economy”.
The Progressive People’s Party, PPP, could be said to be Ghana’s third biggest party, judging from their performance in the 2012 and 2016 elections. Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, the Founder and the presidential candidate for 2012 and 2106 elections, stepped down. The party held its presidential primaries and saw 1991 Miss Ghana winner and 2016 Running Mate to Dr Nduom, Bridgete Dzogbenuku, taking up the mantle going into the 2020 polls. Now the party’s fortunes lye with her and the elected national executives.
Initially, September 21 was named Founder’s Day until the change of name to Nkrumah Memorial Day. It is a day set aside to remember the struggles of Dr Nkrumah as it falls on his most widely accepted birthday (Nkrumah’s date of birth has been one of the mysteries surrounding his life and death as many dispute and argue over it).
Happy Nkrumah Memorial Day. History is still history. The name can be changed, but Nkrumah lives forever!
By: Kwame Apollo