Accra, Dec. 8, GNA – President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Saturday called on the present generation of Africans to
rededicate themselves to the vision of the nationalist leaders, who, six
decades ago, envisioned a highly-prosperous Africa with an enhanced quality of
He said the time had come for Africa and her
people to work towards attaining the twin goals of guaranteeing the liberties
and freedoms of the peoples and eradicating mass poverty on the Continent.
The President made the call at the opening of
the All Africa Peoples’ Conference (AAPC) five-day meeting being held at the
University of Ghana, Legon.
The AAPC, being held on the theme: “Africa
Must Unite: a Mission for our Generation,” also marks the 60th Anniversary of
the Pan-African Body.
It draws participation from the diplomatic
corps, youth organisations, women groups, and political activists from Africa,
Europe, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean.
President Akufo-Addo noted that 60 years on,
the vision of an Africa free from colonialism, which was the main object of the
holding of the Conference, had effectively been realised, and the Continent,
the beneficiary of the work of the Conference, ought always to remain thankful
for its intervention.
However, the promoters of the Conference, he
said, wanted more than just to fulfill the dreams of political freedom and
independence of their peoples.
“The promise, implicit in the drive for
liberation, was that freedom would inspire the rapid enhancement of the quality
of life of the African people, and banish the spectre of mass poverty
bequeathed to us by the long period of colonial exploitation. Alas, that has
not happened for a variety of reasons, some of which do not give us credit,” he
“Be that as it may, our generation has an
opportunity to rededicate ourselves towards attaining the twin goals of
guaranteeing the liberties and freedoms of the African peoples and eradicating
mass poverty in Africa.”
President Akufo-Addo indicated that the
process of rededication would involve a deliberate policy for significant
investments in education at all levels.
“It would also involve policy for the
structural transformation of Africa’s raw material producing and exporting
economies into industrial, value-adding economies that can trade in products in
the global marketplace at the high end of the value chain,” he said.
“It involves policy that will draw a
clear roadmap for the political and economic integration of the Continent to
enable us maximise our potential, and deal with the outside world on an equal
“These are critical challenges but ones
we have to meet, if, at long last, we are to exploit Africa’s vast potential
and enormous wealth for the benefit of her peoples, and not, as has been the
norm in our history, for the benefit of peoples outside our Continent.”
The President expressed optimism that Africa
had the capacity to attain goals and vision of becoming a great force in the
“I am confident that we can achieve this
Africa, which our forefathers dreamt of, and for which some paid the ultimate
sacrifice, if we work together…We can do it.”
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