History is always the best judge. The many good things done under the administration of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for the benefit of his beloved nation, Ghana, ought to be brought to the limelight for today’s generation since most are ignorant or underestimate his achievements.
Senior High Schools
Under the Ghana Education Trust policy, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah built a number of Senior Secondary (High) Schools including:
Mfantsiman Secondary School, Ofori Panyin Secondary School, Techiman Secondary School, Winneba Secondary School,
Swedru Secondary School, Apam Secondary School, Dormaa Secondary School, Tema Secondary School, Oda Secondary School, and the Labone Secondary School.
Colleges of Education
Kwadaso College of Education,
Atebubu Training College, Berekum Training College, Fosu Training College and the Enchi Training College, Ghana National College of Cape Coast, etc.
Universities and Technical Institutes
Kumasi Technical Institute (now University) , Ajumako
School of Languages (now under UEW),
Accra Polytechnic now Accra Technical University, University of Cape Coast (UCC), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Institute of African Studies, Kwame Nkrumah Institute of Economics and Political Science (now south campus of UEW), made University of Ghana (then University College of Gold Coast affiliated to university of London) a full fledge university to award its own degrees and became their first chancellor, among others.
Other Education Policies
Free education for primary and middle schools (JHS) to ensure that every child of school age had education in Ghana.
Built the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (previously Kumasi central hospital)
Made Korle Bu a teaching hospital and expanded its capacity by constructing the Medical, Maternity, Surgical and Child Health blocks.
Established the Ghana Medical School
Free Medical care to all citizens
Established GIHOC pharmaceuticals
Built several hospitals and clinics.
Factories and Industries
Abosso Glass Factory
Zuarungu Meat Factory
Wenchi Tomato Factory
Kade Match Factory
Akosombo Textiles Limited
Kumasi Shoe Factory
Pwalugu Tomato Factory
Asutuare Sugar Factory
Komenda Sugar Factory
Kumasi Jute Factory
Nsawam Cannery, Brick and Tile Factory
Tarkwa Bonsa Tyre Factory
Bolgatanga Meat Processing Factory
Bolgatanga Rice Mill Factory
GIHOC Fibre Products Company, etc.
State Owned Enterprises and Companies
Ghana Black Star Line with almost 15 ships
Bank of Ghana (BoG)
Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB)
Agricultural Development Bank (ADB)
National Investment Bank (NIB)
State Insurance Company (SIC),
Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT),
Ghana Oil Company (GOIL)
Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GHAPOHA)
Tema Oil Refinery (TOR)
The National Management and Productivity Institute,
Ghana Film Industries, Accra
Ghana Airways Corporation
Ghana National Trading Corporation
Cocoa Marketing Board (COCOBOD)
Tema Steel Works
State Housing and Hotel Projects
In Accra (Labone Estate, Kanda Estates, Osu Ringway Estates, Airport Residential Area)
In Kumasi (Patasi Estate, Kwadaso Estate, Buokrom Estates, North and South Suntreso)
Tema Township (Communities)
State Hotels (Star, Meridian, Ambassador, Continental now Golden Tulip Accra, Atlantic, City Hotel Catering Rest Houses now Golden Tulip Kumasi), Peduase Lodge.
Ghana Film Corporation
Ghana News Agency
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Atomic Reactor Station
Restructured the British Military base into Accra (now Kotoka) International Airport.
State Farms and Institutes
NB: All the above were achieved in less than 10 years (1957 – 1966)
Whatever Ghana is today, we all owe it to the ideas and innovation of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his administration. Out of envy and mismanagement, most of the factories built under his administration were left to decay.
If you have ever underestimated the achievements of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, I believe you have been enlightened.
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