25 March 2005
CPP launches Positive Dialogue at University of Ghana
Accra, March 24, GNA -
The University of Ghana Chapter of the Positive Action Group of the Convention People's Party (CPP) was launched on Tuesday with a call on the leadership to develop a new understanding and direction relevant to the present day.
In a speech read on behalf of the CPP Parliamentary Candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon in Election 2004, Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, he noted that as Ghana would be celebrating her 50th independence anniversary in 2007, a large number of people might not have had a first hand experience in the event that was championed by the CPP. "This does not mean that we cannot obtain valid guidelines from that period, one of which is the need for organisation," Mr Greenstreet said in the speech read by Dr Asiedu Yirenyi of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana.
"In this rapidly changing and complex world, the CPP, due to the current crisis of ideas and loss of faith in governments and politics, whether right or left, must develop a new understanding and direction relevant to the present day," he said.
The Positive Action Group is a pressure group within the Party dedicated to contribute to the development of a new understanding and direction for the CPP "through the process of positive dialogue, positive situations, positive planning and the positive acquisition of the features of a wining nation".
It is also to contribute to fighting for Nkrumaist unity with the People's National Convention and by constitutional means ensure that the national leadership of the CPP renews its mandate or otherwise at the earliest possible opportunity in view of its dismal performance in the 2004 vote.
Mr Greenstreet said there were those who were of the opinion that governments were out of reach and indifferent to popular opinion. "Even so, we want our political leaders to provide hope, comfort and certainty."
Mr Greenstreet said following the footsteps of the earlier days of the CPP with its emphasis on organisation, the decision was taken to form the Positive Action Group and to launch Positive Action."
The extensive structural adjustments that have been and continue to be introduced with scant concern for their effects necessitates that we have positive dialogue with all Ghanaian stakeholders...."
Mr Greenstreet said this new understanding and direction through positive dialogue involved an exploration of alternative possible future situations for all stakeholders.
Students, as the future of the nation, were critical and the Party could not acquire the features of a winning nation without them, he noted.
Mr Greenstreet said: "Don't just blindly follow government, don't just blindly demonstrate, it is the 21st Century; let us rely on ourselves to be innovative and to think our way out."
You have a right to act and the exercise of your rights shall be the cornerstone of our new understanding and direction relevant to the present day, for it is only in acting that you will achieve social and economic justice for yourselves and those around you."
CPP calls for spiritual, moral revival at Easter
Accra, March 24, GNA -
The Convention People's Party (CPP) on Friday appealed to Christians to commit themselves to upholding religious values to bring about spiritual and moral revival this Easter.
A statement signed by Dr Nii Noi Dowuona, General Secretary, said Ghanaians needed to remind themselves of the significance of Easter, which has always been the most solemn event on the Christian calendar. It noted that the celebrations were being held "against the backdrop of economic hardships, joblessness and hopelessness, social indiscipline and general despondency.
"The apparent state of hopelessness calls for a sober reflection and renewal of faith in our religious beliefs," it said. The CPP also appealed to drivers to exercise caution during the Easter season "to maintain the sanctity of this unique occasion".
06 March 2005
CPP urged to adopt "Neo Nkrumaist"
Kumasi, March 5, GNA-
Mr Kwame Appiah Boateng, Convention People's Party (CPP) parliamentary candidate for Nhyiaeso in the 2004 elections, has proposed the immediate adoption of "Neo Nkrumaist" by the CPP to lay the ground work to help lead the party to victory in the 2008 elections.
He said, "Neo Nkrumaist" which is the African version of "social democrats" believed in the noble ideas and ideals of democracy, elective representation, advocate a free enterprise and support the government's intervention to correct inequalities generated by the market system.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Kumasi on Friday, Mr Boateng said "Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah would have converted from being a 'socialist' to a 'social democrat' in the new millennium". He said "Neo Nkrumaist" supports government intervention to correct the inequalities in the free market system through progressive taxation, transfers of payments, access to capital, creation of employment for the vulnerable as well as the elimination of all forms of discrimination in society.Mr Boateng said "Neo Nkrumaist" opposed the dictatorial or communist style of socialism and believed in the struggle against what he termed "high-tech colonialism", neo colonialism through puppet governments and imperialism, which created unfair trade in favour of powerful countries.
He commended the CPP leadership for its new open door policy, which called for new ideas in order to charter a new course for the party to win the 2008 elections.He urged the leadership to use the 48th independence anniversary celebrations to reflect soberly on the "Neo Nkrumaist" idea and adopt it to propel the party to victory in 2008.