A former Trade Minister of Ghana, Mr Allan Kyeremanten, has described the decision of the African Union (AU), to honour Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Nkrumah, as the union’s aknowledgement of the pioneering role Dr Nkrumah played in the fight against neo-colonialism.

“The occasion is historical and a symbolic acknowledgement of the role Dr Nkrumah played in the liberation of Africa and taking concrete steps to bring Africa together,” he said.

Mr Kyeremanten said this after the Heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) unveiled a statue of Dr Nkrumah at its 18th Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Saturday.

The giant statue of Dr Nkrumah was jointly unveiled by Ghana’s President, John Evans Atta Mills, Dr Jean Ping, Chairperson of the AU Commission, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, President of the republic of Equatorial Guinea and Chairperson of AU. In attendance, were some African leaders.

Mr Kyeremanten underscored the need to keep the flame that was lit by Dr Nkrumah burning, in order to bring the continent together.

“I think the honour is symbolic and depicts the significant role he played. It symbilises hope to match for progress, he said, stressing that “AU is a testimony of the work of Dr Nkrumah.”

An Adviser to former President John Kufuor of Ghana, Mrs Mary Chinery Hesse, said the occasion was a symbol that “there is a right time for everything.

Source Graphic Ghana

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