A youth called Kwame Nkrumah Inspired Citizens Movement has expressed its support for President John Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC), who it said appear more likely to implement Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s Seven Year Development Plan.
The group has therefore called on Ghanaians, especially the youth, to vote for President Mahama irrespective of their party affiliations in order to achieve "what Dr. Nkrumah saw in his mind’s eye... A state with strong and virile economy, its agriculture and industry buoyant and prosperous industrialized nation serving the needs of its people.”
The development plan, put together by Ghana’s first President in 1963 and passed by Parliament, was followed until Nkrumah was unseated in a a coup d’état on 24th February, 1966. The incoming Danquah/Busia regime subsequently abandoned the plan.
A statement issued by the group on Thursday and signed by National Coordinator Charles Amoah and National Secretary Stephen Kwabena Attuh reported that the NDC is already implementing some social intervention programs whose precedents can be found in the Seven Year Development Plan.
“LESDEP, SADA can be cited. The NPP will not because it was their predecessors, the Danquah/Busia tradition that overthrew Nkrumah’s government and abandoned the plan”.
According to the group, Ghana would have by now been “a strong nation respected by all other nations," had the plan been properly implemented the first time around.
“The plan was not partisan and did not reflect the views of any political groupings at the time. It was simply a national development plan prepared by Ghanaian experts including J.H Mensah, Mr. E.N. Omaboe and Prof. F.T Sai and reviewed later by a team of economists all over the world,” the statement noted.
It described NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo’s pledge to use the NPP manifesto as the national development plan if elected president as a “very dangerous position.”
It called on the youth to condemn that position on the grounds that “he would be dividing this country further if he should embark on such agenda.”