The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has described the 24th February, 1966 coup that overthrew Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as an act that ended the development agenda of Ghana.
It said, that also marked the foundation of the socio-economic woes of the country.
The CPP said the “1966 coup marked the beginning of mass unemployment seen today, a hopeless healthcare service, lack of adequate infrastructure, an ineffective educational system, poverty, nepotism, indiscipline, corruption and the misuse if the financial and natural resources of this country”.
The party also said “the NLC and its accomplices of the UP party abandoned the agricultural revolution which was effectively implemented by the CPP government to create jobs for our farmers and replaced with the importation of processed and raw agricultural products”.
These were contained in a Press statement issued by the General Secretary of the CPP Nana Yaa Akyempim Jantuah, to mark the “Unconstitutional overthrow of the CPP government on the 24th February, 1966” and copied to Diamond News in Tamale.
The statement added that, “Ghana which was net exporter of electricity with the building of the Akosombo Hydro Electric Dam and the setting up of the Volta River Authority is reeling under the burden of inadequate electricity supply”.
The CPP also described as “unfortunate” the naming of the main International Airport in Ghana after a “coup maker”, General Kotoka and has therefore called on government to consider renaming the airport after Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
“On this matter, the CPP is asking government to consider renaming the airport after Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to show the world that Ghana does not glorify coup makers who always derail the agenda of development for this nation” the statement added.
The statement urged all Ghanaians to rally behind the CPP “to resist the rule of the oppressor and together forge ahead to help industrialize this nation for employment and economic development, prevent corruption and nepotism, prudently manage our financial and natural resources, create a free education system at all levels, a good healthcare system and hope for the youth”
Story by: Edward A. Ken-Zorre