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12.11.2019 Feature Article

Education Minister, Opoku Prempeh, Do You Know The History Of Ghana?

The Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, photo credit: Ghana media
The Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, photo credit: Ghana media

“Not even Nkrumah can match what NPP has done in the educational sector of Ghana?" Education Minister Opoku Prempeh, may I please, ask if you are under the influence of alcohol?

Even though you are the Education Minister, I think you don’t know about the history of Ghana, else you will not underestimate and ridicule Kwame Nkrumah, one of Africa's greatest leaders, in such a manner.

Whether you accept it or not, Mr. Minister for Education, you are not even qualified to polish the shoes of Kwame Nkrumah, let alone to claim that Nkrumah can’t match what the NPP has done in the educational sector. Is it because of the free education?

Read Nkrumah's education policies during his era. The leader of the Convention People’s Party made use of the Ghanaian education system as a tool for diffusing ethnic tensions, unifying the country through the promotion of national identity.

What are we witnessing now under the NPP government, not tribalism and nepotism? Nkrumah didn’t appoint 110 ministers, yet, the country’s economy was a hundred percent better than today's Ghana under Nana Akufo Addo.

Watch carefully, many Ghanaians, including journalists, are scared to speak against NPP's government, is that what you are proud of?

If you are on the path of a political campaign because of your political party, NPP, please, be intelligent enough to choose your words carefully. Don’t abuse your position to make such a remark against a great man like Nkrumah.

Being the Minister for Education, you must be intelligent enough to know that children in Ghanaian schools studying the history of the country will also have in mind the insignificant remark you made.

I have been saying all the time that NPP officials speak before they think. The other day, Akufo Addo, someone who studied law, said “deporting the criminal Chinese woman was a mistake.” Ken Ofori Attah, the Finance Minister, under economic hardships, said: “There's No More Hardship Under Akufo-Addo.”

Then a couple of months ago, the Vice President, Mahamudu Bawumia, also declared that the government has introduced a system that will reduce corruption, actually, that’s when corruption increased under the NPP government.

As a Minister for Education, I am sure that many will be disappointed over such a statement, knowing perfectly well that among the great Ghanaian leaders that fought for the country’s independence, commonly known as “The Big Six,” Akufo Addo’s father was included.

Today because of greed and the thirst for corruptible power, you are dishonouring Nkrumah, a man who sacrificed his life for our dear nation Ghana, yet, without preparation, he had to die in exile because of ignorant power-thirsty soldiers, supported by Nkrumah's enemies, the CIA.

Nkrumah and his friends didn’t only attain independence for the Gold Coast in 1957 but also inspired other African countries to end European colonial rule. What have you done for Ghana?

Stop boasting and let the current frightening political atmosphere in Ghana be a warning to you because you don't what will come after you tomorrow. This is what I write.

Joel Savage
Joel Savage, © 2019

Joel Savage is a Ghanaian-Belgian journalist and author. The accredited press-card holder of the Flemish Journalists Association once contributed regularly to the features column of the Daily Graphic, The Mirror, Ghanaian Times and the Weekly Spectator. The writer currently lives in Belgium., Column Page: JoelSavage

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