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05.01.2008 Politics

Don’t Brag Over Common • Says Ndebugri

By Daily Guide

Member of Parliament (MP) for Zebila in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region, Hon John Akpaligu Ndebugri has asked his colleague MPs not to brag about projects they have put up with their share of the District Assemblies Common Fund because that is what the fund was set up for.

He stressed that the fund was to enhance the welfare and development of the people in every district of the country.

“In fact they don't have the right to toy with the lives of the electorate after they have been elected into Parliament. They only come to pacify them (electorate) with projects and material items purchased mostly with their share of the Common Fund, and the electorate also praise them for that and re-elect them into office to continue toying with their lives. That money is not for politics.”

The MP was addressing some members of his constituency at the inaugural durbar of the Boya Development Association (BDA) held at Boya in the Bawku West District.

BDA is made up of seven communities, namely Kpalsako, Zuayanga, Boya Natinga, Gumba, Adonsi, Kpantarigo and Boya, all of which make up the Boya Traditional Area.

Mr. Ndebugri commended the people in the area for coming together to form a group that will represent them and lobby for developmental projects, and asked them to hold the executive members accountable to ensure that they do not hide behind the group to enrich themselves.

He noted that any MP who did not take practical steps to ensure that his or her constituents got their basic needs during his or her tenure of office was not worth re-electing, and urged Ghanaians not to be scared of politicians but rather hold them accountable and ensure that they did what was expected of them.

He was not happy with the low school enrolment level in the area, and advised the BDA, parents and the youth to consider education a major key to developing their communities.

The MP advised parents to take advantage of the Capitation Grant and the School Feeding Programme and educate their children, to boost the human resource base of the area.

Since this year is an election year, Mr. Ndebugri advised the people not to fight each other over candidates and their political parties but unite to eradicate illiteracy, poverty, hunger and diseases, which are the common enemies to development.

He tasked them to demand their share of the national cake from the district assembly and whoever will be elected MP or President.From Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Boya

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