Ghana and Africa need millions of Kwame Nkrumah today to take us through the next stage of our economic independence. But the only way to produce millions of Nkrumah is when the youth study and understand what he has written.
“We must start from the simple premise that Africa’s future is up to Africans. ..We’ve learnt that it will not be giants like Nkrumah and Kenyatta who will determine Africa’s future. Instead, it will be you — the men and women in Ghana’s parliament and the people you represent. It will be the young people brimming with talent and energy and hope who can claim the future that so many in previous generations never realised.”
“…in the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty”.
The Concept of Domestication
“Produce what we use; use what we produce.”
“I want to see Ghanaians not only self-sufficient in food, I want to see you exporting food to other countries and earning money. You can do that.” (Barack Obama, July 2009)
A second look at the above list reveals that, Ghana at the present condition has the technology and enough resources that should enable us completely abolish the importation of cereals especially rice, and begin the efforts to gradually reduce the importation of vehicles, machinery, and many more. Just take a trip to Accra and visit the Apostle Dr Safo Kantanka. The man has invested so much of his resources in the manufacturing of cars, tractors, various plants and machinery, TV sets, household appliances and many more. Above all, Apostle Safo Kantanka has invested so much in farming and schools! The man owns huge acres of farms across the country Ghana. Of course there are many other Ghanaians who are equally trying in their own small ways to contribute to the development of the nation in this regard. Some of them are in Kumasi Suame Magazine.
If only we can take the first bold step, there will be huge employment opportunities that could follow to the benefit of majority of our unemployed youth. Just imagine if Apostle Safo’s tractors, cars, TVs, generators, etc. were to be produced on a mass scale. His tractors could benefit our farmers to boost their productivity. Taxes could be collected from the industries that will emerge out of these efforts. The benefits could redeem us from the sin of unqualified begging. But are we as usual waiting for him to die before we queue up to sing praises upon him? May God forbid! What such great men deserve cannot be a “befitting burial”. Mr President, please hear our humble cry. Ghanaians, let us believe in ourselves and take action. This will motivate the rest of Ghanaians both home and abroad to develop a sense of patriotism. There are many Africans abroad, with wonderful degrees, qualifications and skills. Yet, as the time goes by, many of them are wasting their lives abroad, doing all kinds of menial jobs: cleaning, washing plates/dishes, sweeping the streets of Europe and America. This shouldn’t be the destiny of the Black man! All what these people need is a little motivation to encourage them to come back home and help build Africa.
Your Excellency, after 55yrs of our independence, isn’t it possible for the nation Ghana to take the concept of ‘domestication’ very serious? Isn’t it shocking that Ghana in spite of our vast agricultural land, and though majority of the population’s main occupation is farming; yet the nation cannot produce enough food to feed her people, to enable us abolish this annual culture of rice and chicken importation? For how long must we continue to take loans from the IMF and the World Bank and use this money to continue importing rice and chicken? Mr President, have we forgotten so soon that many of us: MPs, ministers,Council of State, applauded Obama just a few years ago? Let us remind ourselves one more time:
“Aid is not an end in itself. The purpose of foreign assistance must be creating the conditions where it’s no longer needed. I want to see Ghanaians not only self-sufficient in food, I want to see you exporting food to other countries and earning money. You can do that”. Barack Obama (Accra July, 2009).
Mr President, I know you will like to see Ghana become industrialised in the next 45 years. This however cannot come by magic. For it is said that a journey of 45 years begins with a step. We need to take certain bold new steps from the year 2012. We cannot continue with the same old ways of doing things and expect to get a different result. Our current most cherished democracy much move beyond holding peaceful elections. We need to invest in our people on the field of science and technology. We also need to believe in ourselves. Yes, we can do it!
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you are right”
Here in Ghana, we do not even believe in ourselves. Almost every major project the government decides to undertake, it’s either awarded to a Chinese firm, a Korean company, an American or a British consultant somewhere. Your Excellency, I am not at all suggesting that the nation should not consult other countries in areas where our technical expertise are limited. However, the extent to which the local Ghanaian expert has been neglected is my worry. The sad part of it is that, in most cases it is the ordinary Ghanaian whose energy does the real work, while these consultants give mere ‘guidance & technical advice’. Fifty five years ago, Ghana and Malaysia, started from the same spot. But today, we all know where we are as a country. Instead of us to manage the assets which our founding fathers left for us, we have shamefully disposed them in the name of ‘privatization’.
Kwame Nkrumah as he wept wrote in his book: “The Struggle Continues” (pg.19)
“You have seen with your own eyes the shameful disposal of Ghana’s assets. Over hundred state corporations have been sold. Our state hotels are now foreign owned. The 20-mile rubber plantation developed by the State Farms Corporation has been handed over to the Firestone Rubber Company of America. The whole economic situation is the negation of in independent economic policy and a downward sell out to other American and foreign capitalist financial interests.”
Why The Need For a Policy Shift?
“It is the aim of colonial governments to treat their colonies as producers of raw materials, and at the same time as the dumping-ground of the manufactured goods of foreign industrialists.”
“The essence of neo-colonialism is that the State which is subject to it is, in theory, independent and has all the trappings of international sovereignty. However, in reality its economic system and thus its political policy is directed from outside.” (from the introduction, “Neo-Colonialism”)
“Evidence also shows how the World Bank and International Monetary Fund provided the advice and Technical Aid that halted and reversed work by the Nkrumah Government that was to bring relief and benefit to ordinary Ghanaians. Many have died through the resulting poverty and Ghana has not progressed much since that time”.
“To allow a foreign country, especially one which is loaded with economic interests in our continent, to tell us what political courses to follow, is indeed for us to hand back our independence to the oppressor on a silver platter.” (Kwame Nkrumah, “Consciencism” pg.102).
- First, there is the need for a “National Development Policy”. To do this, all the various political parties must come together. The current polarisation between the political parties in Ghana must cease. Let us put the national interest of mother Ghana above that of any political grouping. The political parties, led by the government of the day, must together set up a body of local experts drawn from all the professional institutions in the country: engineers, architects, real estate developers, economists, businessmen and women, local experts from the various universities etc. This committee must be tasked to develop a national development policy program for a certain time frame, say 15 years. By so doing, it doesn’t really matter which political party is in power, the government of the day will always have an agenda to fulfil. Nkrumah’s government had First and Second Five-Year Development Plans which were successfully implemented. Unfortunately, the Seven Year Development Plans which had been launched on 11th March 1964 did not see the light of the day. Thanks to the CIA and their puppet NLC.
- Ghanaian inventors have been begging us as a nation-state to listen to their lonely shrill cries but we have always treated them with mockery. Onua Amoah was frustrated for lack of serious attention for his bio gas project. Many Ghanaian graduates as part of their various courses in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology and the polytechnics have successfully, made some inventions and demonstrated their ability to re-engineer some products. All these works are well-documented. Others in Kumasi Suame Magazine, and in Accra, especially Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka have tried their best. It is time for the government to support such people with real annual financial commitments to enable them expand their works. This is just the beginning of many more wonders to come from such people. I bet you, if these men could count on the government to support them regularly, very soon Ghana could capture the West African market.
- The concept of Domestication as proposed by Mr Dan Lartey must be accepted as the best way to solve the food shortage crises in the country. This concept, if well nurtured will enable us adequately feed ourselves and wean ourselves of any foreign aid.
- Finally, Copies of all books written by Nkrumah especially “Neo-Colonialism” must be supplied in large quantities to all secondary schools, the tertiary institutions and the reading of such books may form part of their continuous assessments especially the secondary schools. Kwame Nkrumah spent his entire life, studying about Africa’s political and economic challenges. He also discovered and wrote down the best approach that must be followed to address these challenges. Yet these books have been hidden from the Black man for decades! Throughout my 10years studies in Ghana, I never came across even a single copy of any book “written by Nkrumah” in our libraries. Yet, every year the people of Ghana, most of them students celebrate Nkrumah’s birthday as a national holiday. Mr, President, Ghana needs millions of Kwame Nkrumah today, to take us through the next stage of our economic independence. But the only way to produce millions of Nkrumah is when the youth study and understand what he himself has written down; not what others have written about him. The knowledge as set out by Nkrumah is vital for the future of Ghana just as it was in the post-colonial era.
By; Honourable Dr Saka