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Comment: THE LIE PART ( 6-8 )

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Conventional Youth
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2007-10-24 11:04:37
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THE BIG LIE


THE BIG LIE PART 6

Immediate steps were taken to expand the fishing fleet and to develop fish processing and marketing facilities. CPP government bought 29 fishing trawlers from RUSSIA . The immense man-made lake formed as part of the VOLTA RIVER PROJECT was being stocked with FISH, and this too was about to bring a big improvement in the diet of the Ghanaian people.

As for MEAT AND POULTRY, the government subsidised the development of many poultry farms ,and the rearing of large HERD OF CATTLE. IN THE COLONIAL DAYS , FRESH MEAT , MILK AND EGGS WERE AVAILABLE TO EUROPEANS ONLY. Before the setback of FEBRUARY 1966, however, they were becoming part of the REGULAR DIET OF THE GHANAIAN MASSES.

THE TASK OF CORRECTING THE IMBALANCE IN THE OUR FOOD ECONOMY WAS REGARDED AS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE TO THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR OF THE PLAN. Far-reaching schemes were initiated for major improvement in irrigation and water conservation in the NORTHERN AND UPPER REGIONS IN GHANA. Peasant Farmers through the country were informed that they would they would be able to make use of the AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY OF THE STATE AND CO-OPERATIVE FARMS. It was not the government’s intention to squeeze out the PEASANT FARMERS ! Far from it, we needed the MAXIMUM EFFORT OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL FARMER IF WE WERE TO ACHIVE OUR AGRICULTURAL TARGETS.

During the period of the PLAN, Ghana’s PRODUCTION OF RAW MATERIALS was to be considerably increased. Cocoa, our main export, earned the country the COUNTRY 1,680 MILLON CEDIS BETWEEN 1951 - 1961. OF THIS , THE FARMERS RECEIVED 1,008 MILLION CEDIS and the remainder was the remainder was used by the GOVERNMENT AND THE COCOA MARKETING BOARD FOR MAINTAINING PUBLIC SERVICES AND FOR THE GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY. NKRUMAH AND HIS TEAM INCREASED OUR COCOA PRODUCTION FROM 264,000 TONS in 1956 -1957. TO 590,000 TONS IN 1963 – 1964, AND HUGE SILOS HAD BEEN BUILT, ABLE TO STORE HALF THE COCOA CROP, TO ENABLE US TO RESTRICT EXPORT AND SO ENSURE A FAIR PRICE FOR COCOA IN THE WORLD MARKET.

PLANS WERE ALSO FAR ADVANCED TO INCREASE EXPORT OF TIMBER, AND TO DEVELOP NEW SPECIES OF WOOD FOR BUILDING, FURNITURE,AND OTHER WOOD PRODUCTS, AND FOR USE IN PAPER FACTORIES. Efforts were being made to revive our once-flourishing export crop of PALM OIL. RUBBER PRODUCTION WAS BEUNG INCREASE . In the WESTERN REGION, A VAST NEW PLANTATION, 18 MILES LONG, HAD BEEN SWON. Within two to three years Ghana was to be one of the greatest RUBBER PRODUCERS IN AFRICA. THE PRODUCTION OF PALM OIL, COTTON, SUGAR CANE AND TOBACCO WAS BEING STEPED UP. By 1970., there were to be FOUR FACTORIES IN OPERATION PRODUCTING 100,000 TONS OF SUGAR A YEAR, More than sufficient to ELEMINATE THE ITEM FROM OUR LIST OF IMPORTS.



THE BIG LIE PART 7
Greatest of all our development projects was the VOLTA DAM. When the SEVEN YEAR PLAN LANCHED, the VOLTA PROJECT was expected to begin to generate ELECTRICITY POWER BY SEPTEMBER 1965. Completion of the project would enable us to develop the full INDUSTRIAL POTENTIAL OF GHANA. It would increase by 600 per cent the installed ELECTRICAL CAPACITY OF THE COUNTRY. Nearly one-half of this new capacity would be taken up by the ALUMINIUM SMELTER IN TEMA; IT IS ESTIMATED THAT GHANA HAS SUFFICIENT BAUXITE TO LAST FOR 200 YEARS. But apart from THIS, THE VOLTA PROJECT WOULD HAVE AMPLE RESERVE OF POWER FOR OTHER USERS, AND GHANA WOULD HAVE LIBERATED HERSELF DECISIVELY FROM THE POSSIBILITY OF POWER SHORTAGE BECOMING A BRAKE ON THE RATE OF ECONOMIC PROGRESS.

Construction target for various part of the Volta River project were achieved, some of them AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, AND THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION CEREMONY TOOK PLACE ON 23RD JANUARY 1966.

AT THAT TIME, BUILDING WAS ABOUT TO START ON A LARGE SUBSIDIARY DAM AT “ B U I .” Plans were also well advanced for the construction of ALUMINIUM PLANT which would have given Ghanaians control of the WHOLE PROCESS OF ALUMINIUM PRODUCTION. As it was, Ghana was exporting BAUXITE TUO UNITED KINGDOM FOR PROCESSING WHILE WE WERE IMPORTING ALUMINA MANUFACTURED IN UNITED STATES FROM BAUXITE MINED IN JAMAICA FOR OUR ALMINIUM SMELTER.

In keeping with his government’s policy of linking Ghana’s progress with Africa’s total development provision was made in the plan for ECONOMIC CO- OPERATION WITH OTHER AFRICAN STATES. AS HE SAID IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON 11th MARCH 1964:

“ While we wait for the setting up of a UNION GOVERNMENT FOR AFRICA, WE MUST BEGIN IMMEDIATELY TO HARMONIZE OUR PLANS FOR AFRICA’S TOTAL DEVELOPMENT. FOR EXAMLE, HE SAW NO REASON WHY THE INDEPENDENT AFRICAN STATES SHOULD NOT, WITH ADVANTAGE TO EACH OTHER, JOIN TOGETHER IN AN ECONOMIC UNION AND DRAW UP TOGETHER A JOINT DEVELOPMENT PLAN WHICH WILL GIVE US GREATER SCOPE AND FLEXINILITY TO OUR MUTUAL ADVANTAGE. BY THE SAME TOKEN, I SEE NO REASON WHY THE INDEPENDENT AFRICAN STATES SHOULD NOT HAVE COMMON SHIPPING AND AIR LINES IN THE INTEREST OF IMPROVED SERVICES AND ECONOMY. WITH SUCH RATIONALISATION OF OUR ECONOMIC POLICIES, WE COULD HAVE COMMON OBJECTIVES AND THUS ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY COMPETITION AND FRONTIER BARRIERS AND DISPUTES.”





THE BIG LIE PART 8

When in fact Nkrumah inaugurated the completed Volta River Project on 23rd January 1966, Nkrumah said: “ WE are ready and prepared to supply power to our neighbours in Togo, Dahomey/ Benin, Ivory Coast and Upper Volta/ Bukanafasso. As far as he is concerned this project is not for Ghana alone. Indeed He had already offered to share our power resources with our sister African States.”

On the day Akosombo, some 60miles north-east of Accra, when Nkrumah SWITCHED ON ILLUMINATING LIGHTS SIGNIFYING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF HYRO-ELECTRIC POWER FROM THE VOLTA, ONE OF HIS GREATEST DREANHAD COME TRUE, HE HAD WITNESSED THE WIDESCALE ELECTRIFICATION OF GHANA AND THE BREAKTHROUGH INTO A NEW ERA OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ADVANCE.

The Volta Dam permitted not only a large ALUMINIUM PLANT at Tema processing the country RICH BAXITE DEPOSITS, but a broad range of other INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS. The initial power output was 512,00KW (588,000KW at full load) and the ultimate power output will be 768,000KW ( 882,000 KW at full load ). There 500 MILES OF TRANSMITION LINES. THE MAIN GRID CARRIES 161,000 Volts.

The water building up behind the DAM is forming the LARGEST MAN- MADE LAKE IN THE WORLD. It will cover an area of 3,275 square miles with the capacity of 120 million acre feet of water, and will be 250 miles long, with a shore-line of 4,5000 miles Approximately 80,000 PEOPLE HAD TO BE MOVED FROM THE AREA SUBMERGED BY THE LAKE. The necessitated THE CONSTRUCTION OF 50 NEW VILLAGES AND TOWNS TO ACCOMMODATE THEM, the provision of modern housing, schools, piped water, electricity, medical facilities and new form of employment. Thousand of acres of land has to be cleared, and people settled on farms and smallholdings with up-to-date methods of cultivation and animal husbandry . All this was achieved.

The creation of Volta Lake has already provided facilities for important fresh – water fishing industry. The Volta contained numerous excellent indigenous fish; and RESEARCH HAS SHOWN WHICH FISH TO BREED TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY, AND HOW TO CONTROL WEED GROWTH. A number of PORTS AND FISHING VILLAGES being formed round the lake –side provide bases for CHEAP MEANS OF TRANSPORT from North to South East of Ghana. Furthermore, the LAKE FORMS A VAST RESEVOIR, making possible a the improvement of WATER SUPPLIES TO TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN THE IRRIGATION OF LAND FOR AGRICULTURE.

THE NATURAL SEASONAL FLUTUATION IN THE LEVEL OF THE LAKE WILL IMMEDIATELY AFFECT 650 SQUARE MILES OF LAND, PERMITTING THE CULTIVATION OF RICE AND OTHR CROPS. LAKE VOLTA WAS ALSO TO BE DEVELOPED AS A HOLIDAY AND TOURIST ATTRACTION.

GHANAIANS ARE JUSTIFIABLE PROUD THAT THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT PROVIDED £35,000,000 THAT IS HALF OF THE COST OF THE VOLTA RIVER PROJECT AS WELL AS MEETING THE COST OF THE NEW PORT AND THE TOWNSHIP OF TEMA,WHICH WAS AN EDDENTIAL PART OF THE SCHEME. THE BALANCE OF THE £70,000,000 REQUIREDWAS TO BE RAISED BY INTERNATIONAL LOANS AS FOLLOWS

INTERNATIONAL BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND
DEVELOPMENT …………………………………………….£16,790,000

AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF
THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ……………………..£9,640,000

EXPORT- IMPORT BANK OF UNITED
KINGDOM GOVERNMENT…………………………………….£3,570,000

UNITED KINGDOM BORD OF TRADE ACTING
FOR THE EXPORT CREDITS GUUARANTEE
DEPARTMENT……………………………………………………£5,000,000


Incidentally, at a time when CPP’s detractors talk much of bribery and corruption in developing countries, it is NOTEWORTHY THAT NOT A SINGLE PENNY WENT ASTRY OR WAS MISAPPROPRITED IN THE ENTIRE VOLTA UNDERTAKING, WITH INVOLVED COUNTLESS CONTRACTS OVER MANY YEARS.

Apart from completing the Volta River Project, THE SEVEN YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN provided for certain further improvements in PHYSICAL SERVICES. These were mostly intended to improve upon the existing system of TRANSPORT, COMMUNICTIONS, WATER SUPPLY AND ELECTRICITY SERVICES in order to make them fully capable of supporting the proposed level of INDUSTRIAL AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT.

A considerable proportion of the increase in material wealth that was expected to accrue to the country during the seven years of the Plan’s operation was to be used to promote PUBLIC WAREFARE SERVICES. EDUCATION, THE HEALTH SERVICES AND HOUSING ALL TO BENEFIT. As far as health services were concerned, the Plan proposed to change the main orientation which had hitherto been more CURATIVE AND PREVENTATIVE. Rural health services were developed in such a way that the RATE OF INFANT MORTALITY WAS LOWERED, AND MATERNITY AND POST-NATAL CARE IMPROVED. The main cause of poor health in Ghana is the prevalence of endemic diseases such as MALARIA. The Plan put emphasis on the fight against these endemic deseases.

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