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Regional News of Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Source: GNA

Socialist Forum launches "Ghana's Day of Shame"

Kwesi Pratt Jnr. Kwesi Pratt Jnr.

Mr Kwesi Pratt Jnr, member of the Socialist Forum of Ghana, has said the annual commemoration of the Ghana's Day of Shame seeks to provide Ghanaians with an important perspective on the country's history.

"We have sought to ensure that the current generation and especially the youth, and working people understand the damage that global imperialism has caused to our society,” he said.

Mr Pratt Jnr said this at a press conference in Accra to launch the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of "Ghana's Day of Shame".

The anniversary seeks to highlight the overthrow by the US Central Intelligence Agency and their local agents of the democratically elected government of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, founder of the nation of Ghana.

We seek also to remind our generation about our history and achievements under the revolutionary leadership provided by the Osagyefo, Mr Pratt Jnr said.

He said in the two generations, since the tragic events of 24 February 1966, the Ghanaian society has been on the decline.

“Our production base-agricultural diversity, and industrial productivity and their integration have declined, we have reverted to dependence on the exports of primary commodities in exchange for the importation of industrially finished products under increasingly unfavourable terms of trade,’’ Mr Pratt Jnr said.

“Since Ghana’s Day of Shame, our leaders’ confidence in our ability to solve our problems has collapsed, and management of our affairs has been ceded to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank,” he said.

Our leaders, he said, instead of leading the country to sacrifice and invest in our future, have for decades taken perverse pride in how much they are able to borrow to fund our elite’s unsustainable consumption of foreign goods and services”.

Mr Pratt said 50 years after Ghana's Day of Shame the need for a socialist re-organisation of the society along the lines developed by Osagyefo has never been more urgent.

He said this year's anniversary would witness the organisation of seminars on relevant topics such as: "Trade Unions, Nkrumah and National Development", "National Security Implications of the 1966 coup", "Impact of the 1966 Coup on the Empowerment of the Women and Women’s Organisation", "Arts and Cultural Dimensions of the 1966 coup", and Youth: The Politics of Transformation and Nkrumaism".

He said these seminars would take place from 17th to 23rd February 2016, and on 24th February 2016, the SFG would organise a grand symposium on the broad theme "Ghana's Day of Shame, 50 years on-Addressing Ghana's Developmental Challenges".