BUSIA INSTITUTE GIVES THUMBS-UP TO GOVERNMENT’S RURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICIES Featured

By KWASI FRIMPONG October 01, 2019 418 0

The executive director of the Busia Institute, Anane Agyei, has pledged the Institute’s support for government projects such as One District, One Factory, Planting for Food and Jobs and One Village, One Dam.

 

The decision, says Mr Agyei, is because all these policies are in line with the vision for rural development outlined by Ghana’s second Prime Minister, Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia.

Mr Agyei said in a statement that the Institute “is pledging its support to any initiative by government or any person or group that aims at enhancing the well-being of the rural communities for holistic national development”.

Overthrow

The statement, issued yesterday on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assumption of office of Dr Busia, said those who “overthrew the man sought their parochial interest instead of national interest”, and described the coup d’état as “a phenomenon that became the bane of Ghana’s progress”.

The institute however expressed happiness that despite the fall of his government, Dr Busia’s vision has been pursued by subsequent administrations.

“The vision of Dr Busia in building a multiparty democracy instead of a one-party state was accepted when the country returned to democratic governance at the onset of the Fourth Republic,” the statement said.

The Institute therefore urged Ghanaians, especially the youth, to read more about Dr Busia’s life and works, so as to be imbued with the noble traits that defined his life.

About Busia

Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia, born on 1913, was educated at Methodist School, Wenchi, at Mfantsipim School, and then at Wesley College, Kumasi, from 1931 to 1932. He later became a teacher at Achimota School and Wesley College. He gained his first degree with honours in medieval and modern history from the University of London, through correspondence. He went on to study at University College, Oxford, as its first African student.

He returned to the Gold Coast in 1942 and later obtained a BA (Hons) in philosophy, politics and economics (1941, MA 1946) and a DPhil in social anthropology in 1947 at Nuffield College, Oxford.

The Wenchi-born scholar served as a district commissioner from 1942 to 1949. He became the first African to occupy a chair at the University College of the Gold Coast (now the University of Ghana).

In 1951, he was elected by the Ashanti Confederacy to the Legislative Council. In 1952, he was appointed leader of the Ghana Congress Party, which later merged with other opposition parties to form the United Party (UP).

In 1959, Busia became a professor of sociology and culture of Africa at the University of Ghana. As the leader of the opposition against Kwame Nkrumah, he fled the country on the grounds that his life was under threat.

When the military-led National Liberation Council lifted the ban on party politics, Busia, together with friends in the defunct UP, formed the Progress Party (PP).

In 1969 the PP won the parliamentary elections, securing 104 of the 105 seats contested. This paved the way for him to become Prime Minister. He assumed office as Ghana’s second Prime Minister on October 1 1969, serving under President Edward Akufo-Addo, and his government was overthrown on January 13 1972.

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