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President Akufo-Addo marks founding of UGCC at Saltpond

Saltpond (C/R), Aug. 04, GNA – President Nana
Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday joined the Wesley Methodist Church
Congregation in Saltpond to mark the 70th Anniversary of the
founding of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).

Also at the ceremony were Ministers of State,
Legislators, traditional rulers, stalwarts of the New Patriotic Party (NPP),
dignitaries and many from all works of life.

The memorial and thanksgiving service formed
part of activities marking Ghana’s 60 Years of independence.

The UGCC was one of the foremost political
movements in the struggle for independence from the coloniser, Britain.

The President, resplendent in a white shirt
over black trousers, electrified the congregants as he stepped into the Church,
with some of the elated congregants showering appellations on the iconic
political and human rights advocate.

He read the first Bible scripture from Isaiah
40:25-31, while the Acting Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Mr
Freddy Blay, took the second reading from Philippians 4:6-9.

In a sermon, which focused on the scriptures
read by the President, the former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of
Ghana, the Most Reverend  Asante Antwi,
asked political and pressure groupings to always uphold due processes and to
operate within the boundaries of the law.

He stressed the need for modesty and
circumspection in the deeds and pronouncements of politicians, calling on all
and sundry to reverence the forebears of Ghana’s independence struggle.

The most Rev. Asante Antwi also urged the
Government to invest in the reformation of education  because he explained, “but for education our
forebears would not have been able to take the practical and analytical
decisions that brought us independence”.

He also appealed to Ghanaians and the
corporate world to support plans to build the National Cathedral in Accra, and
amplified a prophecy about the exploration of oil in Saltpond that would create
jobs and boost Ghana’s economy.

“Let today’s celebration lead us to a new
path, so that Ghana would be great and strong,” he prayed.

Prayers were said for the promotion of
incorruptible leadership, quality education, job creation, unity and consensus
building in the polity of the country.

The UGCC was established at Saltpond in August
4, 1947, by Dr J.B. Danquah, with the support of Edward Akufo-Addo, Emmanuel
Obetsebi-Lamptey and other lawyers, academicians, and traditional leaders, and
with funding from merchants such as George Alfred Grant.

In December that year, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, upon
the recommendation of Ebenezer Arko-Adjei, was invited from Liverpool, England,
to become the General Secretary of the Party.

However, following disagreement over the
direction of the independence movement, Dr. Nkrumah parted ways with the UGCC
and went on to form the Convention Peoples Party and, eventually, became the
first president of the Independent Ghana.

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