Tuesday, February. 13, 2007
DOWN MEMORY LANE
A GREAT NEW NATION STARTS ITS LIFE
Accra, Wednesday: Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Prime Minister of the Gold Coast and Dr. K.A. Busia yesterday made statements in the Legislative Assembly accepting the British Government’s White Paper on the proposed constitution of Ghana.
The two leaders commended the White Paper to all Honourable Members on both sides of the House and relied on their ready co-operation in making the exercise of Independence a success and an inspiration to many emergent Nations throughout Africa.
Gbedemah and Botsio return to Ghana
Queen signs Order in Council today.
*Premier and Opposition Leader make statements in Assembly
Accra, Tuesday: The Order-in-Council declaring Gold Coast an independent Sovereign State within the Commonwealth under a new name Ghana is expected to be signed in London today by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
This was disclosed to the ‘Ghana Evening News’ by Mr. K.A. Gbedemah, Minister of Finance a few minutes after his arrival from London last Sunday morning Mr. Kojo Botsio, Minister of Trade and Labour who arrived on the same occasion said the Prime Minister would make a statement on the White Paper in the Legislative Assembly today.
The two Cabinet Ministers flew to United Kingdom a week ago to confer with the Secretary of State on the final stage of the British Government’s White Paper for Ghana Constitution.
They were met at the Airport by a large crowd of CPP enthusiasts who hailed and described them as “good Ghana Ambassdors”.
Mr. Kojo Botio Trade and Labour Minister, added that he hoped the British Government’s White Paper had ‘finally settled the Constitutional issues in this country”.
Mr. Botsio, who was speaking at the airport here shortly after his return with Mr. K.A. Gbedemah, Finance Minister, from a visit to London said Dr. K.A. Busia, Opposition Leader, is expected to make a statement covering the Opposition views at the same time at today’s Legislative Assembly meeting.
Asked what Ghana’s worse problems were now, Mr. Botsio said: ‘The matter of development”. He said development had gone on rapidly during the high price of cocoa but now, he added, “We have to think afresh”.
Mr. Botsio and Mr. Gbedemah visited London for last minute talks on the British White Paper, setting out the proposed Constitution for the country which will achieve its Independence as the new State of Ghana on March 6.
The White Paper followed last month’s visit to the Gold Coast of the British Colonial Secretary, Mr. Alan Lennox-Boyd, and includes Constitutional safeguards for Ashanti and the Northern Territories. – Reuter.
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