Boat In Turkey
There is this beautiful Ghanaian proverb which can literarily be interpreted to this effect: “A newly hatched chick that survives will not lack the chance to grow feathers.” It means “when there is life, there exists hope.”
Fifty-two years ago (6 March 1957 to become precise), Ghana made political history in tropical Africa. On that day, the Gold Coast became Ghana. How made it happen happen? At exactly midnight that night, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, flanked by some ambitious comrades of his, mounted a podium in the old Polo ground inside the town of Accra and proclaimed:
“At long last, the battle has ended; and Ghana our beloved country is free of charge for ever.”
The visionary Nkrumah then produced a seemingly harmless statement which proved to create him the African man from the 20th Century. He declared, “The Independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is actually linked up with the complete liberation of the African Continent.”
Yes, it is important to tell the true story from the Independence of Ghana to ensure that our kids, their children, as well as their children’s children will know precisely how Ghana was a nation of “Freedom and Justice.” At the time Dr Nkrumah made that legendary declaration, only about eight from 53 countries in Africa knew what independence was. In West Africa, all the 16 countries were clamped within the jaws of Colonialism. As for South Africa, she was deep within the throat of a hateful and horrible creature called “Apartheid.”
Ghana’s independence had not been granted to our own forefathers on a silver platter. Quite simply, our forefathers failed to eat with their fill, drink, booze and visited bed and started snoring then someone went and called them to obtain their independence. Not at all! In fact, the independence struggle failed to start on the 6th March 1957 when that celebrated proclamation was developed.
If Osagyefo Dr Nkrumah talked in the end of any battle, we have to ask ourselves what kind of any battle he was alluding to. Again, it must be borne in mind it was not only Dr Nkrumah who single-handedly fought for Ghana’s independence. But he was the locomotive or even the vanguard indeed! It is therefore imperative that any moment we celebrate the independence anniversary of the blessed land called Ghana, other equally important national heroes must be accorded the recognition they deserve.
As an example, homage should be paid to war veterans like Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey Lamptey who have been gunned down like common criminals on 28 February, 1948 at the Christiansburg, Accra. What crime did they commit? These people were only planning to present a petition for the Colonial Governor in the Gold Coast. They were only fighting for his or her ex gratia awards after they was in war front for years.
It was their blood that galvanised the momentum and served as catalyst for the legendary BIG SIX to get the gold -the INDEPENDENCE. The Major SIX included Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Dr J.B.Danquah, Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey, Mr. Ofori Atta, Mr. Akufo-Addo and Mr. Ako-Adjei. They were collected and dumped in jails across the nation; were they armed robbers? These are probably the greatest national heroes we should pay homage to whenever we celebrate the independence anniversary of Ghana. This is why our National Pledge reminds us in part: “…I promise to hold in high esteem, our heritage won for people with the blood and toil of our fathers; I pledge myself in every items to uphold and defend the good name of Ghana.”
Today, since we celebrate the 52nd Anniversary of Ghana on the theme: “Unity and Peace: Pillars for National Development,” minimal we can do would be to renew the promise and also the pledge to our father and mother Ghana.
Aside from the historical and political significance in the independence, what can one say about the economic achievements of Ghana since independence? Even the political journey from the nation since independence has not been all rosy whatsoever. For your uncountable military coup d’états from the 60s, 70s and early 80s had dealt some deadly blows to democratic governance from the nation.
Fortunately, however, considering that the coming into being from the fourth Republican Constitution of 1992, that was ushered in through the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on January 7, 1993, Ghana has been enjoying change of government through democratic elections instead of military coup d’états. This trend of affairs is commendable.
Just last year, 2008, for the first time in her 52 years of nationhood, Ghana scored high democratic marks among nations in Africa if the New Patriotic Party (NPP) another democratically elected Government successfully completed its constitutionally mandated term of eight years and handed up to NDC again. The beauty of this culture of “moko aya ne moko aba”( let someone choose somebody to come)is progressive for your growth of Ghana.
It really is against this backdrop that this theme for this particular year’s anniversary celebration “Unity and Peace: Pillars for National Development” is most suitable. It is common knowledge that without peace and unity, no meaningful development can take place, not just at the national level but in the District and Regional levels as well. This explains why the individuals of Ghana must pat themselves on the back for your just-ended peaceful general elections.
Now that the elections are over, there is the necessity for the world to set all political games behind it and concentrate on national development agenda in unity. First, the leadership in the nation itself must be seen to be curious about peace and unity for national development. Selfishness, partisanship, greed and corruption must be reduced towards the barest minimum or even eradicated entirely.
There cannot be peace and unity if political leaders are seen to be curious about their particular welfare for the neglect of most of the people who elected them into office. The current hullaballoo about proposed ex-gratia awards for ex-Presidents, People in Parliament and other public holders is actually a typical demonstration of how political leadership can create disunity and disharmony one of the populace leading to agitation and unrest as opposed to unity and peace for national development. It really is gratifying to note that H.E. President J.E.A.Mills is making efforts to utilize constitutional methods to review the whole saga of ex-gratia awards. If this sounds like not done you will see no peace and unity and you will see no national development.
Ghana will not be an inadequate country by nature. It really is common place that Ghana is certainly a blessed land endowed with all kinds of resources including gold, diamond, bauxite, cocoa, timber, arable land, rivers, good rain fall patterns and abundant sun shine throughout the year. But Ghana is endemic with poverty. After 52 years of independence, in the event the nation’s natural resources had been effectively and efficiently managed, should a Ghanaian child go to bed with no meal? After 52 years of independence, should any Ghanaian child be denied basic education? Something might go amiss!
Besides natural resources, Ghana is equally endowed with human resources. She actually is blessed with among the best brains in Africa or even in the whole world. One can cite the immediate past UN Secretary-General Busumuru Kofi Annan yet others in international bodies to symbolise a persons resource base of the country. These are just a couple of explanations why Ghana may have done better than she did up to now after 52 numerous years of nationhood when it comes to socio-economic, political and cultural prosperity.
Now one can speculate which a solid foundation has become laid for the economic take-off of the nation across board. Various sectors of the economy including Agriculture, Education, Health, Transportation, Communications, Investment, Tourism, Foreign Policies, Sports as well as others appear to be in a better shape today than they were before independence. For example, the Capitation Grant, National Medical Health Insurance Scheme as well as the School Feeding Programme and have created chance of some school-going children to stay in school and be given at least one meal a day free from charge. The brand new government can improve upon what is in place for national development.
The National Medical Insurance Scheme has come to keep, but there is more room for improvement. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is gradually but steadily taking roots in society. Ghana is on the Information Super High Way through the Government of Ghana Portal. Ghana has a comprehensive ICT Policy already set up. The National Portal must be revamped making it a real electronic gateway within the true sense E-Government.
The previous Government started establishing what is referred to as Community Information Centres (CICs) in the 230 electoral constituencies through the entire country. This is a viable strategy that concretely makes sure that ICTs are taken closer to rural individuals who are in majority in the united states. It is actually hoped the newest administration will continue using this project and kcifhh it better for national development. Again, the discovery of oil in commercial quantity during the 50th anniversary celebration of Ghana was very opportune for this particular blessed nation, just to bring up but several.