A senior lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Dr. Owusu Mensah has said Ghana would have experienced a massive improvement in its economical growth had he not been ousted from office in 1966.
Dr. Owusu Mensah believes that even though Nkrumah was not doing well with the political landscape of the country, Ghana would have experienced some economic transformations if he was still in office.
Speaking in an interview with UniversNews, Dr. Mensah stated that
“In terms of economic development, Kwame Nkrumah was doing very well for various constructional activity that was going on. But when it comes to the issue of political development, it was very difficult for the country at the time…in terms of fundamental freedom, we have gone very far but when it comes to economic development, perhaps, if Kwame Nkrumah had continued for ten more years, the country will have been better off” Dr. Mensah noted.
The political science lecturer in an interview with UniversNews also has described as improper the intention of Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to make Ghana a one party state.
According to Mr. K.B Asante, who was the Secretary of State during the Nkrumah regime, Kwame Nkrumah was pushing for Ghana to become a one party state because he believed that was the solution to bringing all Ghanaians together for development.
But Dr. Owusu Mensah said that it has never been the case where an African government successfully declared itself as a one party state and thus, Nkrumah should have focused on creating a more politically-friendly environment to allow for criticism.
“In Democracy, there is nothing like bringing everybody together…it is not proper for you to say that you will want everybody to be on board. There is no African society that has everybody on board. We all want to meet together and share ideas and look at the ideas and see which one is proper and which one is not good” he underscored
Dr. Owusu Mensah made these remarks following the remembrance of Kwame Nkrumah’s overthrow from office.
Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was unconstitutionally ousted from office through a military and police coup d’état on February 24, 1966.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor|universnewsroom.com