At a news conference in Ghana's capital, Accra, on Thursday (9 January), Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, presented the nation with its first Five Year Plan to cover Ghana's development between 1975 and 1980.
GV EXT Burma Hall, Accra (SILENT)
SV INT Acheampong takes seat (SILENT)
SV Audience looks on (2 shots) (SILENT)
CU Acheampong speaking (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: COLONEL ACHEAMPONG: "During this period, in spite of the difficulties brought about by grave international circumstances--of which we have no control--we have been able to achieve through the enthusiastic response of all Ghanaians a reasonable measure of social and economic stability. We--as a people--are now more confident in tackling our national problems. We have also created the right climate in which positive development can take place. Accordingly, we are proposing guidelines to set up a framework to help our economic development and growth, during the ensuing five years. In the light of these guidelines, we are calling Ghanaians to even greater sacrifices and achievements. It is the present hope of the Government that Ghanaians will rally round now--as they have in the past--and together we shall move forward as a team to achieve a better life for all. I now show you a copy of the guidelines for the Five-Year Development Plan."
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Background: At a news conference in Ghana's capital, Accra, on Thursday (9 January), Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, presented the nation with its first Five Year Plan to cover Ghana's development between 1975 and 1980.
The speech marked the start of celebrations throughout the country to honour the third anniversary of the National Redemption Council's seizure of power on 13 January, 1972. The Council -- under the leadership of Colonel Acheampong -- overthrew the civilian administration of Dr. Kofi Busia, and has ruled the country since then. Plans for the establishment of a civilian government in Ghana have not yet come to fruition.
The Five Year Development Plan announced by Colonel Acheampong is designed to consolidate and improve upon the economic and social advances made in Ghana since 1972. The new policy guidelines involve "expanding the production base" and promoting the use of all national resources in the coming years. In addition, price stability and the policy of national "self-reliance" have been given prominence in the Plan, which covers both agricultural and industrial development.
The Ghanian leader called upon all his countrymen to put every effort into making the Five-Year Plan a success.