Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A group calling itself the “Kwame Nkrumah Inspired Citizens Movement” has urged President Mahama to implement the 7-year Development Plan of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. In a statement issued in Accra, the group said the plan will boost Ghana’s progress and sustainable development (Myjoyonline, Jan. 30, 2013).
I agree with the group and add my voice to its appeal. I challenge President Mahama’s administration to act on it immediately to dig up that Development Plan and implement whatever is feasible in it and relevant to our contemporary Ghanaian development agenda. Remember the saying? “Nkrumah Never Dies!”
Undoubtedly, the Great Osagyefo implemented development programmes to actualize his policy of indigenization/Africanization of the Ghanaian socio-cultural, political, and economic regimen, although overspeeding in some areas, making atrocious mistakes in others, and creating enemies for himself thereby.
But his overarching vision for Ghana is still relevant at several levels, which is what this group has drawn attention to. Nkrumah’s infrastructural development programme, especially, holds the key to any effort to alleviate suffering in the country. There must be something special about that 7-year development programme to warrant its being revisited.