RESPONSE TO MR. AKUFO-ADDO ON HIS RECENT STATEMENT “I WON’T REPEAT NKRUMAH’S INDUSTRIALIZATION MISTAKES”

It is now obvious that our president who was then a member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), but whose fathers were working hard to overthrow Kwame Nkrumah of the CPP, did not really understand what Kwame Nkrumah was doing at the time.

The over 400 Factories established by Kwame Nkrumah in his attempt to industrialize Ghana, is not the type he Akufo-Addo is doing today.

Today, Akufo-Addo has launched a factory in the Central Region as his first of the One District One Factory policy. The place has been taken over by weeds as we speak. The pomp and pageantry that it came with is a clear departure from the reality that the people of Ghana and especially those in the area expected of the project as of today.

As of today, no one knows which factory is coming up next and what policy document is guiding it. Prior to 7th December, there were those who demanded concrete blueprints that would specify the exact implementation plan that Ghanaians must expect should the NPP win the elections. No one who demanded this simple exercise was spared an insult from the NPP. The reality is that today, we are all lost on what the government is doing. We do not have any document that we can use as proof to demand accountability from the government. It is sad to realize that citizens would prefer being governed by an administration that is not willing to put out its plans that would give the opportunity for them to examine the implications of its actions.

If you go through the archives, over 60 years ago, between 1951 and 1966 when Kwame Nkrumah began playing a role in government, nothing was done without a blueprint. Indeed, there were development plans all over.

The latest is the SEVEN YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN which Kwame Nkrumah was implementing before his overthrown some two years into the implementation of the plan.

Kwame Nkrumah knew his industrialization plan would need energy. So he went to build the Akosombo Dam. He proceeded to add other barges to guarantee power supply. Indeed, the Bui Dam was captured in the Seven Year Development Plan to ensure power sufficiency.

The construction of the Tema Harbor (a revenue hub for Ghana today) and the entire Tema Township, the construction of Accra-Tema Motorway to ease transport of goods, the building of Kumasi Shoe Factory in Kumasi closer to the Northern Region where a cattle ranch was located, was not without plan.

The siting of Aboso Glass Factory near its raw materials. The Sugar Factories, the Rice Factories, were all sited in areas with government control and not what we are seeing under Akufo-Addo today under the so called One District One Factory scheme. Factories were distributed across the country based on availability of materials, accessibility, among others.

The policy of having state farms throughout and the employment opportunities provided to graduates, was not without a plan.

The plan to completely irrigate the Accra Plains which found its way into the Kufour’s administration of which Akufo-Addo was a member but which never saw the light of day, was birthed in the 1963 Development Plan.

In the Seven Year Development Plan, every Ghanaian child was to enjoy free education up to the tertiary level. We are struggling under Akufo-Addo today to get money to even provide adequate dormitories, dining halls, dining tables, classroom chairs, and adequate meals for students at Senior High levels.

What Mr. Akufo-Addo would do well to tell Ghanaians is that the mistakes of the Kwame Nkrumah’s industrialization policy began after his overthrow.

The 1966 coup which ushered in the fathers of Akufo-Addo, saw the over 400 industries placed in the hands of an incompetent bunch.

Nepotism took over nationalism. Before the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah, several Ghanaians were sent abroad to Russia, America, China, among others, to learn and obtain managerial, technical, and scientific skills. All these people were to return and manage these Factories for the future projected Ghana.

Soon after the 1966 coup, the new administration issued a directive which made these experts to begin finding their feet in their various locations. There was no motivation for their return. All the Factories were placed in the hands of family members, friends, business associates, financiers among others, of the then administration run by the fathers of Mr. Akufo-Addo.

No professional search was made to ensure competence in the management of these industries. Soon after, there came the infamous Apollo 568 which was a directive from the administration that all managers and directors who were managing these industries and factories under Nkrumah were to vacate posts. This resulted in the sacking of some 568 Managers and Chief Directors who were effectively managing these vibrant industries.

After the takeover, these industries were run to the ground. They were incompetently run by the friends of government who did not have the skills to manage them. Some were sold out and today, here we are.

This is what the president must describe as the mistakes of the industrialization agenda of Kwame Nkrumah. The fact remain that at the time Kwame Nkrumah was in charge of Ghana, all these factories were running effectively. None was collapsed under him. It would be completely out of place for the president to present the slightest idea that the industries and factories were instituted without any plan.

For an attempt to present the industrialization vision of Kwame Nkrumah as a mistake, I would want to lead the crusade for Akufo-Addo to make available his policy plan for industrialization for all of us to read and see how he intends to correct such mistakes.

Mr. President, the rhetorics are just one too many and we are tired. We all wish you well, but you must note that your success as president does not come in running down an icon. Kwame Nkrumah is not the politician of today. Indeed, the struggles of Kwame were those that made Ghana an independent state for which you are a president. But for the efforts of Kwame Nkrumah, you would not be president. That alone is an effort that require commendations from you. If you will not praise the man Kwame Nkrumah who is celebrated worldwide, please, spare his name and allow him to rest in his grave peacefully.

Any fight to run down Kwame Nkrumah, would not go without response to you. As young as some of us are, the history of Ghana has not been lost on us, and we shall at all times, once we have life, rise to tell the world what it must know. And to our young ones, we shall stand to tell them the truth so they are not misled. Thank you.

ASK

20 thoughts on “RESPONSE TO MR. AKUFO-ADDO ON HIS RECENT STATEMENT “I WON’T REPEAT NKRUMAH’S INDUSTRIALIZATION MISTAKES”

  1. Are you Kwame Nkrumah to reply,its unnecessary, this could have let go unnoticeable but too much talk will bring another long debate which stops the progress of the state.
    Was Kwame Nkrumah not a human?
    Can you say he did not mistake?we build on the mistakes of great men to move forward .
    Find something else to do with your time.

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    1. I would want to think that you are clear in your mind that the piece addressed a specific issue and not the human nature of Kwame Nkrumah. And to think that a president’s comment could be left unnoticed, is unfortunate. I don’t think so. Let the debate resurrect. That would be appropriate for the history of Ghana.

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      1. You responded to Oduro very professionally and constructively. You made your points clear and clean. I enjoyed reading your write up; anyone would, even if they don’t belong to your same ideology. I do expect comments like that from some folks since Ghana is highly polarized on political grounds. The important thing is that these kind of debates that arise from comments of prominent men like the President always tells us history and educate us. The mistakes, the gains, the resourcefulness and the efforts of great men of “yesteryears”. I love constructive debates, let us do more it and less of the “jungle style”

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    2. The truth needs to be told for the good people of the land and especially for the young ones to learn from. It’s been noted some group of people always try to twist history to their favor without mercy.

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    3. Like seriously, what do you mean by wasting his time? The truth be told. Why must the president twist history. Indeed his rhetorics are just too much. Where are the mistakes he was referring to? The gentleman has really spoken well. He should rather put his plans on paper and be pragmatic as far as Ghanaians are concern.

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  2. ASK in fact you are a man of many parts. The president told us to be citizens and not spectators or subjects in his swearing in speech that was full of plagiarised speeches seting the pace that same day for criticism from his newly inuagrated citizens.
    Today his ppl are telling us nit to criticise omg. Nkrumah did nit appoint his daughter, brother, uncle. Niece, nephew business partners n friends to givern Ghsna nigther has any of the rest if the previous presidents did except Edward and William Akuffo Addo’s.
    I pray that Ghanaians should nit cease helping the young generation to know the correct history.
    Thank u once again ASK

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  3. ASK in fact you are a man of many parts. The president told us to be citizens and not spectators or subjects in his swearing in speech that was full of plagiarised speeches seting the pace that same day for criticism from his newly inuagrated citizens.
    Today his ppl are telling us not to criticise omg. Nkrumah did not appoint his daughter, brother, uncle. Niece, nephew business partners n friends to givern Ghsna nigther has any of the rest if the previous presidents did except Edward and William Akuffo Addo’s.
    I pray that Ghanaians should not cease helping the young generation to know the correct history.
    Thank u once again ASK

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  4. Beautiful piece as always. ASK tell them. Should the President Be allowed to continue twisting the history of this great nation? He can twist the NPP manifesto promises But not the history of Ghana !!!!!
    Good job ASK

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    1. Thank you Lina. Very important. And to think that someone asked me if I were Nkrumah to have responded, and to proceed to state that I should have ignored so we don’t spark another debate, I felt sad. These are the attitudes that brought us to this level. They assume that those who know the history are dead. Sad news for them. So long as we have life, we shall stand up to deal with any misguided statement that seeks to twist our common history.

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  5. Oduro, I pity you. Please, just remove your political lenses so you can understand ASK very well. In fact ASK said it all that the president should make his industrialization plans available to Ghanaians so we can track his performance.
    If he thinks Nkrumah made mistakes, where are his blue print so that Ghanaians can track or take him.
    ASK please thumbs up.

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  6. ASK-I !We consider our self a part of N Kwame Krumah -cause are some who hope and love and kwon that to be African and live there is a great dignite! and the truth that we are must showing by told it and acting we must speak at room at home at scool at church at mosque at tample !At politique places and any office we are one we are caring a dignity !We have more ressources and forest our potentielity .why don t tell to acte? even we are a different party !We must stop to cruxified our brother to— we can build and rising a better world !Land to our nations laissons nos egoismes nos haines la traitise relevons a cote de nous et nous verrons l ensemble est meilleur un president avait une tente comme maison mais aidait a battir chez les voisins il avait pu faire verdire le desest! etre meilleur c est pas insulter l autre!C estpas lui faire la guerre !C est avoir des idefferentes etre de different caracteres et aspirer a l ensemble beau et bien! c est pas regarder du haut de ces duplexe les toodis ds voisins pau

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