The 2020 Running Mate of the National Democratic Congress, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang has referred to the achievements of Ghana’s first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah with a great deal of admiration, 56 years after his overthrow.
The NDC vice presidential candidate was speaking at a programme organized by the Socialist Movement of Ghana on February 24 in Accra to remember the life of the former stateman.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang eulogized the former president as a visionary whose achievements remain second to none even 56 years after he was forced out of power.
She mentioned some of the numerous achievements of the former president and praised his sophistication in understanding what was needed for the country’s future development even half a century ago.
“Nkrumah founded the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences to bring to together intellectuals from different fields. He knew that the problems facing the country are not limited to any one subject. They require inter-disciplinary approaches, Prof Naana read in her speech.
“Long before STEM, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics was to become popular, Kwame Nkrumah had established the University of Science Education which we know today as the University of Cape Coast prior to which he had established the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He knew the sciences in all their branches will be important for development. He also abolished tuition fees from primary to university level.
” To appreciate his economic interventions is to see the subject of quality human development as all-inclusive. There are certain features of economic policy in his era that are worth-noting. Osagyefo was a visionary leader who governed with actionable relatively long term plans including the two 5-year development plan and the consolidation plan. These laid the foundation for the modernization and industrialization of this country,” she added.
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang also praised Nkrumah’s investments in the transportation, water, electricity, Agric and telecommunication sectors in Ghana.
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