Businessman and politician, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, has disclosed that former Ghanaian military head of state, Ignatius Kutu Acheampong is one of his favourite presidents.
The outspoken personality said policies introduced during his tenure in office as head of state propelled the country to greatness making Ghana a net exporter of rice in the West Africa sub-region.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Original 91.9FM’s Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Thursday, the business mogul outlined three major policies the military leader introduced and executed excellently which won his heart.
The Member of Parliament for Assin Central mentioned that although Acheampong was sabotaged throughout his rule he was firm with his decision and accomplished a feat worthy of a round of applause.
“If you like check Acheampong’s record; cleanliness and Operation Feed Yourself. Principal Secretaries at Cantonments planted garden eggs, pepper plantain, tomatoes in their backyard farm. Ghana exported rice during his regime, at a point. What happened, why not this time around?” he quizzed.
“Two notable things I was pleased with were; The Woaratu woarasa – cleaning campaign and the Operation Feed Yourself programme – a programme aimed at developing self-reliance in agriculture.
“Thirdly, when we decided to change from driving on the left to right-hand traffic. That time we had GBC, Akasanoma Radio, and others. Acheampong’s government was able to advertise on these radio stations incessantly that when the country finally moved to drive from left to tight a few accidents were recorded.”
Born Ignatius Kutu Acheampong was a military head of state of Ghana who ruled from 13 January 1972 to 5 July 1978, when he was deposed in a palace coup. He was later executed by a firing squad.
Acheampong led a bloodless coup d’état to overthrow the democratically elected government of the Progress Party and its leader Dr Kofi Busia on 13 January 1972. He became head of state and chairman of the National Redemption Council (NRC), which was later transformed into the Supreme Military Council on 9 October 1975, with Colonel Acheampong (promoted to General) as its chairman.
Notable historical changes and events introduced or implemented in Ghana during the period under Acheampong include: the change from the imperial to the metric system of measurement, change from driving on the left to right-hand traffic in “Operation Keep Right”, “Operation Feed Yourself” (a programme aimed at developing self-reliance in agriculture), “National Reconstruction” (aimed at promoting employment and skill for workers), face-lift projects in cities, and the reconstruction/upgrading of stadia to meet international standards.
There were, however, widespread accusations of the encouragement of corruption in the country under his rule.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana