Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Ocquaye, has said that Ghana’s independence was achieved through the collective efforts of several individuals of diverse backgrounds but not one person’s struggle.
To him, these persons contributed ideas, skills, financial and material resources over a period of time towards Ghana’s liberation from colonial rule.
Speaking at the Founders’ Day commemorative Public Lecture in Accra, on Tuesday, he scored that “it is necessary to emphasise the numerous factors and endowments by which the Gold Coast gained independence on March 6, 1957.”
He added that it is important as Ghanaians to appreciate the full dynamics and the ingredients that contributed in making Ghana the first African country to attain independence.
“Independence was not a one man show, it was a collective effort and we must continue to appreciate the dynamics there off and the various ingredients that made a beautiful melody that made this great nation ,the first African country to attain independence “
Tracing the history of the country, Prof. Ocquaye stressed the need for citizens to strive for excellence in nation building.
“The history talks about a galaxy of stars. It was not a one-day affair, achieved by some magic wand, suddenly from somewhere and we had no counterparts at that time in any part of the colonial British Africa. We must be proud of ourselves, because out of national pride, excellence emanates, when we know and teach our children,” he urged.
The public lecture was chaired by the Overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Abubakari Mahama II, who was flanked by other traditional rulers from Dagbon.
Key personalities such as the Chief of Staff, Mrs Akosua Frema Opare; the Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu; the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto; the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah; the President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Roland Affail Monney, were present at the lecture.
The debate of who founded Ghana continues to go on in the public domain. While some Ghanaians recognize the first President of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, as the sole Founder of the country, many others argue that other leaders played key roles in founding Ghana.
The Government, in 2018, laid before Parliament a Public Holidays Amendment Bill through the Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, which was passed to amend the Public Holiday Act, 2001 in 2018.
The Founders Day Holiday, consequently, was instituted to honour all those whose sacrifices worked together to achieve for the nation its freedom from the British Colonial regime.
Story by: Diana Nutsugah | universnewsroom.com