Today, the 4th of August, 2018, marks exactly 71 years of the founding of the first political movement (party) in our country, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), which spearheaded the social agitation that culminated in our independence in 1957. As the nation commemorates this historic day, the NPP, which is the “descendant party” of the UGCC, is pleased to extend goodwill message, first of all, to all compatriots in the Dombo-Danquah-Busia political tradition and to the rest of the nation.
The party also wishes to, on this momentous occasion, extol the legendary virtues of the forebears of our independence struggle including J.B. Danquah, Paa Grant, R.S Blay, K.B. Teko, Councilor Richard Akwei, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Quist Therson, Joe Myers, Councilor G.N. Alema, Solomon Odamtten, Dr. J.E. Armah, Hon. Akilakpa Sawyer, Hon. Edward Akufo-Addo, Oheneba Sakyi Djan, Councilor E.A. Bossman, Hon. N.A. Ollenu, Enoch Mensah, Dr. F.V. Nanka Bruce, Q. Tagoe, E.C.A. Quarshie, V.B. Annan, William Ofori-Atta, Oheneba Sakyi Djan, Ben A. Tamakloe and Hon. Obetsebi Lamptey among others, all of whom are the key architects of Ghana’s independence struggle.
It is interesting that the commemoration of the 71th Anniversary of the founding of the United Gold Coast Convention is happening at a time we have one of the finest proponents of the UGCC political tradition, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as the President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces. Not only that, his government has also, by far, demonstrated the strongest commitment yet to the ‘UGCC Project’, anchored on good governance and the delivery of prosperity in all facets of life to the Ghanaian people.
As part of activities earmarked to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of the UGCC, the party, will, this morning, be holding an Interdenominational Thanksgiving and Memorial Service at the Central Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) in Cape Coast.
Finally, the NPP wishes to use this occasion to call on Ghanaians to, at all times, exude high spirit of patriotism and nationalism, hard work and dedication, adherence to rule of law and democratic principles, freedom and liberty, commitment to duty and unwavering love for country, which were the very ideals underpinning the founding of the UGCC and for that matter the NPP.