Professor Agyeman Badu Akosah, a leading member of the Convection People’s Party (CPP), yesterday stated that Ghana needs a selfless leader whose commitment to the total development of the country is unquestionable.
“Ghana needs a nation builder, someone who is prepared to work with the masses for the collective good of all people”.
Prof Akosah was speaking at the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lectures as part of activities marking the 3rd Founder’s Celebration in Accra.
The lecture which was on the theme: “The relevance of Nkrumaism today”, was organised by the Socialist Forum of Ghana (SFG).
The lecture also attended by Convention People Party (CPP) bigwigs as well as National Democratic Congress (NDC) ministers, including Ms Samia Yaaba Nkrumah, Chairperson of the CPP, Mrs Susan Adu Amankwah, second Vice Chairperson of the CPP and Prof Edmond Dele.
The rest are Madam Sherry Ayitey, Minister for Science and Environment, Mr Alban K. Bagbin, Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing and Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Deputy Minister for Science and Environment.
Prof Akosah said during the reign of Dr Nkrumah, he ensured that education and healthcare was free and one could truly judge his government by assessing the welfare of the people in his day.
He said Dr Nkrumah was able to generate employment for the youth by introducing the Workers Brigade which ensured that the youth were not employed but acquired employable skills.
He said the country needs to set up a minimum standard or level that the poor and the vulnerable in the society must not be allowed to fall below.
Dr Gamel Nasser Adam, Head of Department, Department of Modern Languages, University of Ghana, said Dr Nkrumah’s legacy would endure for a long time because of his ideals and what he stood for.
He said Dr Nkrumah’s seven year development plan was to fundamentally transform the Ghanaian economy especially, the agricultural sector.
He said Dr Nkrumah development strategy is what was pursued by the former Soviet Union and later China which has the potential of changing the face of any economy, especially, infrastructural development within a short time.
According to Dr Adam, Nkrumah’s persistence to awaken the consciousness of Africans to fight the colonial exploitation was significant and helped in doing away with neo-colonialism and imperialism.
Ms Emilia Arthur, Deputy Minister of Western Region, said Dr Nkrumah was a visionary leader who wanted social development for all the segments of the society.
She said Nkrumah was a man of conscience who came from a humble background to achieve greatness for Ghana and the rest of the world.
Ms Arthur said Ghana needs a consistent strategy and policy that would protect the nation from colonial exploitation.