Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye has eulogized former Ghanaian Prime Minister, Prof. Kofi Abrefa Busia, for his immense contribution towards the development of the nation.
Speaking at the 40th-anniversary lecture to celebrate Prof. Busia’s legacy in Accra yesterday, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye said Prof. Busia was not only a great politician but also a holistic person who left a lasting legacy for humanity.
Speaking at a public lecture held in honour of the former prime minister, Prof. Mike Ocquaye described Busia as one of the finest heroes that country could boast of.
Prof. Aaron further urged the youth to emulate the exemplary life lived by the former Minister.
“Prof. Busia’s background should be an inspiration to the youth because although Royal blood flowed through his veins by virtue of his maternal ancestry, he was only one of many in that connection
He vivified what I have been sharing with young people wherever I have the opportunity: learn hard, be of good character and fear God and you can be successful in one way or another in life,” he said
The Busia-led administration, which lasted from 1969 to 1972, achieved great results including building a solid platform to enable the public to enjoy personal liberty.
The management of Dr. Busia spoke against the anti-democratic machinery used by the Convention People’s Party during the era of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and has earned him the name ‘Prophet’ by Prof Ocquaye.
The Speaker, who did not fail to credit Dr. Busia as the “father of rural development”, acknowledged that he formulated sound policies to promote the agricultural sector and also elevate agro-processing.
Prof. Aaron also touted Dr. Busia’s strong aversion to corruption and urged members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to take after him so as to imbibe his virtues in their political life.
Aside showering praises on Busia’s political achievements, Prof. Mike Ocquye praised Busia’s academic progress.
“As an academic, his style of writing was elegant but not pretentious. He had a logical mind and could solve problems with ease and could make his opponent in an argument very uncomfortable,” Mike Ocquaye commended.
The 40th-anniversary lecture was held in Accra yesterday to celebrate the legacy of Prof. K.A Busia
Story by: Hendrina-Rose Bawa