-President Akufo-Addo is in Saltpond to celebrate UGCC anniversary
- He attended a Memorial Service at Saltpond Methodist Church
The leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), President Akufo-Addo together with some party functionaries have gathered at Saltpond in the Central Region to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).
The NPP which traces its root to the UGCC, in collaboration with the Ghana@60 committee have lined up some activities to commemorate the birth of the UGCC for the first time.
The UGCC is a political movement that led struggle for Ghana’s independent from the British colony.
To this effect, the President in his first day joined hundreds of party members in a Memorial Service at Saltpond Methodist Church, a town where UGCC was born.
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The NPP in an earlier press statement explained that, it will eulogize some founding fathers of country including; Dr J.B. Danquah, Paa Grant, William Ofori-Atta, Obetsebi Lamptey, Hon. Edward Akufo-Addo, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, V.B. Annan, Oheneba Sakyi Djan, Hon. Akilakpa Sawyer.
Others are Hon. N.A. Ollenu, Councilor E.A. Bossman, K.B. Teko, Enoch Mensah, Q. Tagoe, Councilor W.Q.M. Halm, Quist Therson, Councilor Richard Akwei, E.C. Quist, Ben A. Tamakloe, Councilor G.N. Alema, Joe Myers, Dr. F.V. Nanka Bruce, E.C.A. Quarshie, Dr. J.E. Armah, Solomon Odamtten and many others.
The statement added that, it would commemorate and celebrate some enviable virtues and sacrifices made by these heroes in the fight for Ghana’s freedom.
The UGCC broke its forefront after it put a poor performance at the 1951 elections to Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his Convention People’s Party (CPP).
The UGCC at the time, polled 34 seats out of the 38 elected at the assembly. As part of the anniversary, a memorial lecture will be delivered by the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Prof. Mike Oquaye at the National Theater in Accra today at 6pm.
President Akufo-Addo will be at the lecture as the special guest of honour.
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