An aspiring Member of Parliament for the Subin constituency in Kumasi, Eugene Yaw Boakye Antwi has said he intends to establish a resource centre that will offer training for Subin constituents, especially the youth and women to equip them with employable skills and help them to source credit to enter into productive ventures when given the mandate to represent the constituency.
He said Subin is the hub of business and major trading in Kumasi and when selected, he will make a case for increased investment in Subin to create more employment opportunities while ensuring the proper implementation of the New Patriotic Party administration's policies and initiatives.
Launching his campaign in Kumasi on Thursday, Eugene Antwi mentioned the $44 million Venture Capital Fund, the development of Small and Medium scale enterprises, the $50 million Micro Credit Scheme and the National Youth Employment Programme as initiatives that he harness to educate members in the constituency and help facilitate access to them to bring greater employment to Subin.
He said as a banker and someone with a business background, he would use his expertise to help create more jobs and wealth for the benefit of the constituency in general.
"My priority is to encourage a pro- business, pro-enterprise constituency with the existing resources available to us."
In the field of education, Eugene Antwi, who has since 2005 served as the Secretary of the United Kingdom and Ireland branch of the NPP pledged to ensure that Subin's schools and pupils benefit fully from the increased funding and higher standards within the framework of the FCUBE whilst strengthening links between schools and local businesses which will ultimately enhance economic development.
He said he would make a case for the enforcement of a balance between parents and teachers in decision making within the school framework vis-à-vis the interests of local communities in preserving standards of schools for the future generation.
Recounting his contributions to the Subin constituency, Eugene Antwi said since 2004 he has among others donated bicycles, a computer and a printer, paid office rent arrears and advance and other substantial financial donations to support constituency operations.
"In my concern for the welfare of Subin I have paid National Health Insurance Scheme premiums for polling station chairpersons. These are my modest contributions which demonstrate my commitment, loyalty and true party credentials in the constituency" he said.
Articulating a new vision for the constituency, Eugene Antwi said Subin needs a candidate who will not only deliver but will also be an instrument of positive change driven by the spirit of enterprise, underpinned by conviction, confident in his beliefs and that his main purpose for being in politics is to make a real to public service in the constituency.
He prayed for a level playing field and charged those with the protection of the selection process to strive to maintain the integrity of the party.
"We need to demonstrate that our party is open to all those who share our values of freedom, enterprise, responsibility, tolerance and love of country but have too often found our party unwelcoming," Eugene Antwi declared.