NPP eulogises UGCC founders
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has eulogised the founding fathers of Ghana’s first political party, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) as they mark the 70-year anniversary of the founding of the party on August 4.
The NPP in a statement described the founding fathers of the UGCC as the key architects of Ghana’s independence struggle.
“The party wishes to, on this milestone occasion, extol the enviable virtues and sacrifices of these forebears of our national struggle including J.B. Danquah, Paa Grant, William Ofori-Atta, Obetsebi Lamptey, Hon. Edward Akufo-Addo, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, V.B. Annan, Oheneba Sakyi Djan, Hon. Akilakpa Sawyer, Hon. N.A. Ollenu, Councilor E.A. Bossman, K.B. Teko, Enoch Mensah, Q. Tagoe, Councilor W.Q.M. Halm, Quist Therson, Councilor Richard Akwei, E.C. Quist, Ben A. Tamakloe, Councilor G.N. Alema, Joe Myers, Dr. F.V. Nanka Bruce, E.C.A. Quarshie, Dr. J.E. Armah, Solomon Odamtten and many others,” the statement said.
The NPP also “saluted the illustrious works of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in the independence struggle. Nkrumah, who was at some point, invited to join the struggle by the UGCC leadership and appointed as the General Secretary of the party, undoubtedly, played a leading role in the struggle for self-government together with his compatriots in the UGCC and the CPP.”
As part of activities earmarked for the commemoration, there would be an anniversary lecture to be delivered by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike A. Oquaye on the topic, “4th August; Ghana’s Day of Destiny” at the National Theatre in Accra.
The lecture will be preceded by a memorial and thanksgiving service in honour of the founders of the UGCC at Saltpond in the Central Region; a town, that hosted the Headquarters of the UGCC.
The NPP on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the UGCC has also called on Ghanaians to, at all times, exude high spirit of patriotism and nationalism, hard work and dedication, adherence to rule of law and democratic principles, freedom and liberty, commitment to duty and unwavering love for country, which according to them were the ideals of the UGCC.