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General News of Sunday, 31 May 2015

Source: GNA

CPP counters GMO and privatisation of ECG

The Convention People’s Party (CPP), has countered government’s decision to privatise the Electricity Company of Ghana; possibly sell Tema Oil Refinery and introduce Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) into the country.

Ms Samia Yaba Nkrumah, Chairperson of CPP said such measures by the government could be very dangerous to the nation’s economy and health of the citizens especially the GMOs.

She was speaking during the celebration of the 57th African Liberation or African Union Day.

The day was meant to observe the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolise the determination of people in Africa to free the continent from foreign dependency.

“Liberation does not only mean freedom of Africa but freedom of our economic resources and produces. Therefore CPP says no to the steps of government on the economy,” she said.

She said the party wants to see an Africa that produces its own food and resources to fulfill its basics such as access to education and health services, employment, clothing, shelter, and safe water.

She said it would be very difficult for Africa to realise its pan African vision if its leaders do not focus on creating industries.

She said to be liberated, Africans need to be confident and free their minds from misconception of incapability.

Professor Agyeman Badu Akosah, Chairman for the occasion said it is necessary for Africans to come together as one body to fight towards achieving development.

He said it is very wrong for people who are poor in the country to think they have no power and strength especially the right to make suggestions to the development of their various communities.

“To me, over 80 per cent of Ghanaians live below the bread line, but such huge number of people can stand up and speak for their financial, physiological, education and health freedom,” he said.

He said Africans must unite if they want to be economically and politically independent and developed to reduce poverty in the continent.

Mr Sekou Nkrumah, a member of the CPP said nothing should stop Africans from fighting to achieve unification and liberalisation.

He said the party is not pleased with the fact that Ghana has many minerals and food items, and yet import these products as the country suffers and struggles to survive.

He said the party does not agree with the 1992 Constitution especially, the part that talks about privatisation of industries.

“This is because most private entities in the country are owned by foreign bodies and not the natives”, he said.

He said Africans should not only use a day during the year to think of liberation but to struggle every day for it.

He quoted the words of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, First President of the Republic that “Africa needs a new type of citizen, a citizen who is honest, modest, and dedicated to support national interest and humanity, a citizen who detests greed and vanity, and one whose humility is his/her strength and integrity is his/her greatness”.