THE Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, has disclosed that the name of the Jubilee Park in Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo Regional capital, is to be reverted to the name, Kwame Nkrumah Park.
He said the park was named after the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah by the chiefs and people of the Brong Ahafo Region during a durbar at the park to honour the late President, who created the Brong Ahafo Region on April 4, 1959, two years after Ghana attained independence.
According to him, the name of the park was changed to the Jubilee Park during the 50th Independence anniversary (Golden Jubilee) celebration of the country when some structures were put up at the park, which was orginally known as the Kwame Nkrumah Park.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo said this when he launched the Brong Ahafo@50 anniversary cloth and T-shirts at the residency over the weekend as part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary celebration of the creation of the region, this year.
The ceremony coincided with the presentation of cheques totalling GH¢24,000 towards the anniversary, and the donors were the President of the Dormaa Traditional Council, Osagyefo Oseedeyea Agyeman Badu II, on whose behalf a cheque for GH¢10,000 was presented, while the Ghana Customs Inspection Company Limited and the SIC Insurance company also presented cheques for GH¢10,000 and GH¢4,000 respectively.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo stated further that reverting the name to the Kwame Nkrumah Park would be effected by the Brong Ahafo Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC), in consultation with the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, whose predecessors and Nananom, who fought for the creation of the region, named the park after Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
He noted that the history of a people or nation could never be re-written, but at the appropriate time, the name of the park would be reverted to Kwame Nkrumah Park for generations yet unborn to come and learn the history of the region that the park was the ground where the chiefs and people of the region held a grand durbar to honour the late President Nkrumah for the creation of the region.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo also paid glowing tribute to Nananom of blessed memory who led the agitations for the creation of the Brong Ahafo Region, especially the Techimanhene, Dormaahene, Abeasehene, Bechemhene, Drobohene, among others.
He, therefore, called on all citizens of the region, both home and abroad, to contribute their quota towards the successful Golden Jubilee anniversary celebration of the region on the theme “Brong Ahafo@50: Achievements, challenges and prospects.
The Regional Minister mentioned part of the programme line-up for the anniversary as quiz competition to be centred on the history and the infrastructure development of the region, cultural activities that depicted the various ethnic groups in the region, a Beauty Pageant with very attractive prizes, Trade Fair dubbed “Adwakese” to showcase the tourism and investment potential of the region and a grand durbar of the chiefs and people of the region to climax the anniversary.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo thanked the donors for their support, and appealed to other individuals, institutions and organisations to emulate their example.