Dr Kumi Ansah-Koi, a Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Legon, was speaking at a public lecture organised by the Awutu-Effutu-Senya District Assembly as part of the activities lined up for Ghana's 50th independence anniversary celebration at Winneba on Friday.
topic was "The Political History of Ghana".
described Dr Nkrumah and Dr Danquah as great and true sons of Ghana, who when it came to the point of applying their knowledge and skills to salvage the nation from the bondage of colonialism did not mince words in doing so.
said the fact that Dr Nkrumah wanted immediate transformation of the Gold Coast Colony and Danquah on the other hand suggested that self-government be given at a later time did not mean that these great sons were enemies, adding that a critical examination of the ideas and thinking of the two clearly demonstrated that they were aimed at one important thing - independence for the people of Ghana.
Dr Ansah-Koi, who is also a visiting lecturer to the University of Education, Winneba, further explained that even though the two men held slightly deferent views as to the actual time the former Gold Coast Colony should be given self-government by the colonial masters, their individual perceptions towards this goal were almost the same.
That was why they used their accumulated academic knowledge and skills they could have utilised to amass personal wealth in European countries in those days to lead their people to fight to win independence for the nation.
charged Ghanaians to reflect soberly on what the nation had achieved so far after years of self-governance and make amends individually and collectively in all segments of our national life to enable the country to correct the imbalances that had for many years impeded the socio-economic, political and cultural advancement of the nation.
celebration of Ghana's
50th independence anniversary must not just be based on the playing of brass band music, marching and dancing through principal streets of district and regional capitals by school children and members of the various voluntary organisations.
said this was the time Ghanaians must seriously reflect on their past contributions to national goals and change their attitudes and perception to pave the way for a better future for the nation.
"We can chart a new and progressive course for the country's future, if only the citizenry are prepared to cultivate the spirit of nationalism, patriotism and commitment, which constitute the master key for effective and efficient nation building", Dr. Ansah-Koi
teeming audience that the size of Ghana is just like that of the United Kingdom which colonised the Gold Coast, and even possessed more natural resources which could be harnessed for speedy socio-economic development within the past 50 years of self-governance but the country was still wallowing in abject poverty, diseases and squalor.
said that the fact that the nation was not engulfed in civil war did not imply that everything was rosy for the people, stressing that good governance simply meant to do the right thing for one's nation, organisation or association to move forward successfully in all aspects of its administration.
said that one of the major setbacks of our ancestors was the lack of knowledge.
expressed regret that when the colonial masters requested our ancestors to acquire knowledge through education to support their future development as a nation, they woefully rejected the idea, saying that this idea of backwardness still persisted in the Ghanaian society.
disclosed that presently, "we have people in the country who wants to secure high university degrees without working for such enviable academic status".