Dormaa Chief urges NDC to revive Nkrumah’s projects
From Michael Boateng, Sunyani
A senior citizen and Twafohene of Dormaa Akwamu in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Nana Amokona Nimpong, has urged the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to include in its manifesto, plans to resuscitate all state companies and factories set up by Ghana’s first president, the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, as part of measures to keep alive the “Nkrumah Never Dies” slogan.
Speaking to The Chronicle in Sunyani to mark Founder’s Day which falls on September 21 every year, Nana Nimpong said if the government and state really believed in the “Nkrumah Never Dies” slogan, then the several projects Dr. Nkrumah started in the 1960s must be completed as a matter of urgency.
Nana Nimpong, a former Brong-Ahafo Regional Treasurer of the NDC, charged the John Mahama-led NDC government to urgently include in their 2012 manifesto adequate measures to revive factories and companies Dr. Nkrumah set up during his reign.
He mentioned the sugar, shoe, tyre, tomato and beef factories as some of the late president’s projects which must be given serious consideration for revival.
“There are notable state companies, factories and other projects which could be considered for revival,” he said.
Nana Nimpong suggested that Parliament should enact a law that would compel every government to complete or revive at least two of Dr. Nkrumah’s projects every year. “Parliament can enact a law to mandate governments to either complete or revive many of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s projects, which would greatly bring about development,” he noted.
He added that such projects would then be commissioned on September 21 to coincide with the celebration of Founder’s Day.
“With this, the Founder’s Day Celebration would not only be a day for speeches, but a revival of the vision, dreams and ideas of Dr. Nkrumah,” he said.
Nana Nimpong pointed out that if Parliament passes such a law, there would be eight completed projects every four years by the various governments.
“If Parliament compels governments to do, at least, two national projects, there would be accelerated development, and again the completion of those started by Dr. Nkrumah would give true meaning to the celebration of his day,” Nana Nimpong said.
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