On Friday, September 25, 2020, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Dr. Barfuor Adje-Barwuah, paid a private visit to the parents and family of Babara Tommey, the young Ghanaian woman who was gunned down by her husband on September 8, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. During the visit, the Ambassador expressed his deepest sympathies to the family on behalf of President Nana Akufo-Addo and the entire nation.The following day, the Ambassador attended both the memorial and burial services of Barbara Tommey. Speaking at the memorial service, the Ambassador said that although it was unusual for the country and the President to be represented at every citizen’s funeral, it was the gruesome and tragic nature of Barbara’s death that pressed heavily on the country to show up and support the Tommey family. “Even with the brightness of the day, I feel rather cornered that in this room, I can only wish you a very cold morning because of what we are here for. Coming here is a little abnormal because it is not usual for the country and the president to be represented at every citizen’s funeral. However, it is the demonstrably un-Ghanaian way of Barbara’s exit that has made it necessary for me to be here today to register the condolences of the President and the 30 million citizens of Ghana,” the Ambassador sadly expressed. The Ambassador encouraged friends, family and sympathizers present at the funeral to support the family as the days ahead would be extremely difficult, and also pledged his support to the family. “I appeal to all present here today to lend your support to the family in these difficult times so they don’t fall apart. And on my part as the nation’s representative, should it become necessary for any kind of support, I am only a phone call away,” he said.Later in the day, the Ambassador also met with the Ghanaian Association of Orlando, Florida and charged them to build a resilient and resourceful community that is economically viable, socially cohesive and politically relevant.The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Kofi Tonto, Head of Information and Public Affairs at the Embassy.

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By: Amos Nuamah Duodu

Nkrumah’s Vision
The productivity of any country cannot reach a competitive level unless there is much investment in industrialisation. Kwame Nkrumah thought it wise to promote industrialisation, to provide enough employment, boost the economy, and increase our chances of being self-reliant. As such, Nkrumah established over 300 factories in Ghana within 10 years. Unfortunately, successive governments abandoned (GIHOC Fibre Products Company, Glass Manufacturing Corporation at Abosso etc) , sold shares (Ghacem cement, Nsawam cannery etc), and sold full assets of these fatories to private individuals (GIHOC bottling, Ghana Oil Palm Development Company etc).

The Rebirth of Nkrumah’s Vision
Prior to election 2016, Nana Akuffo Addo promised to establish a factory in every constituency. This was given the slogan, one district one factory (1D1F). Ghanaians were expecting 275 factories since we had 275 constituencies. The people have not seen the 275 factories, as such, a lot of people say the promise to undertake 1D1F is a failure. This assertion is true in principle, but if the quest to deliver 275 factories has resulted in the construction of 28 new factories, revival of 48 existing factories, and 31 factories under construction (, then it is a commendable failure.

The Mediocre Argument
The issue of Nana Addo reviving existing factories and taking credit for it always come up. This notion is absurd, unpatriotic, and laughable at best. If successive governments were committed to reviving existing factories, and taking credit for it, the over 300 factories Nkrumah established would still be alive and working by now.

1D1F is beyond a manifesto promise. It should be a long-term vision of the country and any subsequent government should be committed to promoting industrialisation. It will be okay to change the slogan from 1D1F to whatever will be suitable if need be, but dropping of this fruitful long-term vision by any subsequent government will be perturbing.

The 5 challenge
With the exception of Kwame Nkrumah (who built over 300 factories in 10 years) and Nana Addo (who built 28 new factories in 3yrs), can you think of any head of state or president in the history of Ghana who built more than even five new factories?

Amos Nuamah Duodu