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03 August 2017

UGCC 70th Anniv: We’re not scheming to phase out Founder’s Day – NPP

Acting General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP), John Boadu has denied claims that the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) on August 4, by the Dankwa-Busia-Dombo tradition is a strategy to relegate the Founder’s Day celebration to the background.

“It won’t compete with the Founder’s Day as being speculated. It only complements it and gives a spotlight on where we began as a nation. It gives us an understanding on where the Independent struggle really begun in our political history.This even didn’t start with the UGCC. It started with the Fante Confederation, seen as one of the first self-rule movements in Africa. where the Chief Ghartey of Mankessim led the movement. And later the formation of the  starting with the work of the Aborigines’ Rights Protection Society, that opposed the Lands Bill of 1897 which threatened land tenure and the indigenous sovereignty. So it’s a rich history and this I think is worth the attention of everybody.” Boadu told host Fiifi Banson.

Eventhough some critics have advanced the argument that the UGCC was only a club of elitists, Boadu maintains that the recognition of the UGCC is an important chip of the block in Ghana’s Sovereignty that will make the history of the country complete.

Members of the ruling NPP will converge at Saltpond Friday, August 4 to hold a Thanksgiving Service as part of activities to mark  the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).

The event is open to all, the Acting Scribe of the Party stated, adding this is of national character and we expect all to join in the celebration.

According to him, this celebration is state-funded because “the UGCC is the best of the beginning of our political parties, despite the fact that it is the NPP’s tradition.”

The whole celebration, he indicated will be crowned with a memorial lecture, where the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Mike Oquaye will deliver a paper on Ghana’s History.

 

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