THE DEPUTY Ashanti Regional Minister, Osei Assibey Antwi, last Sunday dropped a bombshell when he sternly criticized Hon. Mohamed Issifu Pangabu, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ejura Sekyeredumase Constituency in the Ashanti region, for being inactive and heightening the poverty rate of his constituents.
Addressing a gathering of non-resident citizens of Sekyeredumase and Anyinasu at the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi last Sunday, Hon Assibey said, “Do not blame the government for your predicaments because it is your MP who is not up to the daunting task of sending your grievances across in parliament”.
Hon. Antwi, who is the first Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) asked the charged crowd, “When was the last time you saw Hon. Pangabu making contribution in parliament?”
He alleged that Hon. Pangabu was not that fluent in the Queen's language, a development which was debarring him from adequately lobbying to bring development projects to the area.
“Your MP cannot even contribute in parliament. How do you expect him to lobby for development projects for you?” he asked, amidst wild cheers from the crowd.
To significantly reduce poverty in the constituency, Hon. Assibey urged the electorate to vote massively for the NPP Parliamentary candidate elect, Dr. Joshua Ayarkwa to replace Hon. Pangabu.
He contended that it was the surest way for the constituency to catch up with the vibrant and well endowed constituencies in the country in terms of development.
“Dr. Joshua Ayarkwa is intelligent, hardworking, God fearing, respectful and learned, so with him as your MP he can lobby for developmental projects for your area.
“Unlike Hon. Pangabu who cannot express himself in parliament, Dr. Ayarkwa can rub shoulders with the best in parliament, like Hon. J. H. Mensah and bring developmental projects to your area”.
Hon. Assibey observed that Ejura Sekyeredumase abounded in much potential, especially in the agricultural sector, reiterating that the constituency needed a person like Dr. Ayarkwa to lead it to the next level.
The durbar was held primarily to encourage the non-resident citizens of Sekyeredumase and Anyinasu to come and cast their votes at the constituency during the upcoming general elections.
On his part, Dr. Joshua Ayarkwa, who is also the DCE of the area, stated that the NPP was far better than the NDC, and urged the electorate to retain the NPP government in power to sustain the development process in the country.
“Within the spate of seven years, we have been able to achieve what the PNDC/NDC could not achieve in 20 years in political power,” he said.
He commended the government for embarking on various development projects in the area, stressing that “we are yet to give our best to the people”.
Dr. Ayarkwa outlined the construction of a six classroom block, ICT Centre, Nurses Quarters, Market and Lorry Park at Anyinasu as some of the achievements of the government in the area.
He promised that the government would build a modern community centre with offices and library as well as a jubilee school project with kindergarten and primary school at Anyinasu and Sekyeredumase respectively this year.
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