Mr Bernard Mornah, General Secretary of People’s National Convention (PNC), debunked the assertion by some people that socialism, which the Nkrumaist tradition espoused, had outlived its usefulness.
He called on the youth of Ghana to uphold the Nkrumaist ideals and said “the private sector can never be the engine of growth of the national economy since private investors are unwilling to invest in less deprived or rural areas.”
Mr Mornah, who was addressing members of the Nkrumaist Fan Club in Sunyani as part of his visit to the Brong Ahafo Region, said the state should take the centre stage in the management of national resources.
He said that successive governments after the Nkrumah Administration should have dismissed non-performing or incompetent managers of state enterprises rather than privatizing those institutions due to mismanagement and organizational failure.
Mr Mornah expressed regret that the Black Star Line, which was the nation’s number one shipping line built by the Nkrumah Government, was sold after his overthrow as well as other factories.
He said “The Ghana Telecommunications and others have all been sold to foreign organisations and it appears we are just selling out our national assets to our own detriment. This places a very serious indictment on our conscience and management capabilities as a nation”.
Mr Mornah asked Government to ensure that education created adequate employment avenues for school leavers.
Mr Mornah said that although the PNC was considered as poor by rival political parties, it was rich in ideas and challenged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) to proclaim to Ghanaians their political philosophies.
Mr Mornah said the NPP and the NDC, the two most dominant political parties in Ghana, were implementing most of the ideas and policies mooted by the PNC.
He cited the National Education Trust Fund now Ghana Education Trust Fund, National Health Insurance Scheme, School Feeding Programme, and Special Outreach for Women and Children.
Mr. Mornah said that Ghanaians were entangled with unemployment as a result of Nkrumah’s overthrow.
He called on the electorate to vote the PNC to power in Election 2021 since the party’s programmes were designed to have futuristic impact on the well-being of the people.
Mr. Mornah said “It was colonialism that ignited Nkrumah’s passion to fight for independence because the country then was being exploited by the colonial powers.”
He said that after Ghana became independent in 1957 the Nkrumah Government built many schools and factories.
Commenting on the proposed unification of Nkrumaist parties, Mr Mornah said he would formally write to the Convention People’s Party to enquire if it was still interested in unification talks and a united front.
Yahaya Abu, Secretary of the Club, said the group had been formed to promote the ideals and philosophy of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, among the youth.