It has been 64 years since the Republic of Ghana gained independence, a feet that was once again celebrated yesterday March 6, 2021 although through a virtual parade for the first time at the forecourt of the Jubilee House in Accra.
The nation had to resort to this mode of celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic that has rocked the entire world with Ghana not being left out.
However, barely 24 hours after Ghana marked its 64th Independence Anniversary, some political parties are complaining about the poor state of the Black Star of the African continent.
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) led the then Gold Coast to attain independence in 1957 with Kwame Nkrumah as the leader of the party. The current leadership of CPP are however not pleased with the current state of Ghana, describing it as “the total shattering of the foundation of economic independence laid by Nkrumah.”
The party has released a statement signed by General Secretary, Nana Yaa Akyempim Jantuah, condemning the neo-liberal market policies it claims are responsible for the country’s current sorry state.
“Sixty-four Years down the line in what state do we find our nation Ghana, after being battered by a myriad of coups which started in 1966, the very foundation of economic independence which was laid by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah under the CPP has been totally shattered through the implementation of Neo-liberal Market policies.”
“Today we find the absence of good educational facilities and systems, lack of good health care systems, inadequate essential amenities like electricity and water, sanitation in our country today, is a sorry state where garbage and filth are littered all over the place.”
In a similar fashion, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) complained about the celebration of Ghana’s independence while there are not enough basic amenities to catapult Ghana to proper growth.
It made this clear in a statement signed by National Chairman Nana Ofori Owusu.
“After 64 years of self-government, many young ones are unable to complete basic education, many do not have access to clean running water and are still dependent on streams and rivers for running water, many still have to respond to nature’s call in the bushes and on the beaches.”
“It seems that even in its celebration, we have adopted a method in which we celebrate as a Master/Servant oppressive events,” the statement added.
“The President watches over its flock and everyone bows and salutes to the Leader. The military, poor students, employees and citizens are forced to go through the torture of parading for hours on end under a scorching sun.”
The concluding part of the statement urged a rethink of how independence day is celebrated as we move on.
“With the COVID19 global pandemic forcing the world to rethink its norms and values, let us through bold Leadership at the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches of Government rethink how we celebrate this memorable day in a way that will be etched in the heart of every Ghanaian.”