Mr Kwesi Pratt Jnr, the Convener of the Socialist Forum, Ghana has expressed worry about the current state of the final resting place of Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
He said it was unfortunate that just after 45 years of the demise of the founder of Ghana, the place had been left to deteriorate at a faster rate, without the concern of individuals and successive governments.
He said “it is rather unfortunate that, the solemn grounds that holds the remains of Dr Nkrumah, who made the strive for independence and propelled Ghana to a level of development that has never been seen before, is in this poor state, with filth everywhere, rusted windows, among others.”
He made this observation during a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate 45 years of Nkrumah’s demise, held on Thursday in Accra.
Mr Pratt said as a party, it was important to continue the struggle of Nkrumah and ensure that his efforts and struggle did not go in vein.
He said “if we all work together on what we seek as the Nkrumahist family; victory would be ours. This is not the time to show off, or compare which group is more Nkrumahist than the other, we need a strong front to chat our course”.
He noted that over the years, many things had been done to abandon the good works of the Osagyefo, but time had proven that, ‘what is valid would always be valid.’
“No force on earth can distract the Nkrumaists family from achieving its success. Those who think they can denigrate the work of the Osagyefo, would not succeed. No entity or individual is important than the reconstruction of the Nkrumaists legacy.”
He appealed to well-meaning Ghanaians to take the mausoleum as their own, help to refurbish it and create a befitting place for the founder of Ghana.
Professor Edmund Delle, National Chairman of the Convention Peoples Party, “CPP” after 45 years, Nkrumah never dies, so long as Ghanaians have eyes to see his achievements, ears to listen to stories told of his life and eyes to read his thoughts, immortalised in his writings, Nkrumah will never die.
“He epitomized change and stood for truth and creativity and so he has become and will continue to be the reference point for we Nkrumaists, for his beloved party the CPP and all patriots and persons of goodwill,” he said.
Prof Dele, therefore, urged Ghanaians to use the anniversary to work hard to restore the deeds of Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s ideas and ideals to the right place, adding that “Let us own the resource of our country as we are taught by the Osagyefo and we will take good care of it.”
“Fellow party members, let us also build the party which is and must always be the vanguard of the working people of this dear country and be in trenches to fight against the neo-liberal, neo colonial order imposed on our motherland since 1966.
“Let us rise up, stamp out all the divisions in our mids,t be discipline and like an army, rise to spearhead Nkrumah’s ideas of social and economic development and support the CPP and its leadership in agenda of progressive change, to put Ghana first,” he advised.
Professor, Francis Nkrumah, expressed appreciation to the CPP, and its leadership for commemorating his father’s death, and for showing their zeal to continue with the legacy of the great founder of the republic.
Professor Nkrumah, and Professor Dele later laid a wreath, each on behalf of the Nkrumah family and the CPP.