A PRIVATE LEGAL practitioner, who has declared his intention to contest the Sekondi Constituency parliamentary seat in the upcoming general elections, has stated that when given the nod he would help eradicate poverty and joblessness in the area by setting up agro-based industries.
Mr. Kojo Sam-Amoah, 48, a practicing lawyer with Amua-Sekyi and Co. Chambers in Takoradi, noted that offering cash in the form of micro-finance to the youth would not always yield the desired results until they were occupied with jobs that could offer them regular income.
Expressing optimism to contest the seat on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) after collecting his nomination form on Wednesday, he said he would engage the youth in oil-palm, cassava, cashew and other agro-business, add value to the products and consequently turn their lives around.
Speaking with DAILY GUIDE in an interview, Lawyer Amoah said he had been a card-bearing member of the party since 1992 as well as a former secretary to the Council of Elders from 1993 to 2001 at Adabraka in the Greater Accra Region.
He stated that his contribution to the party had been very helpful since he sometimes paid utility bills and gave out plastic chairs for party meetings free of charge.
The lawyer, who is an old student of Fijai Secondary School in Sekondi, spent most of his life at Maxwell Road in Sekondi before leaving for Accra to enroll with the Law School in 1995.
He has since been a private legal practitioner in Takoradi, attending party meetings and playing active roles in the NPP in Sekondi-Takoradi and the region.
Lawyer Sam-Amoah pointed out that Sekondi needed someone who could fight for development projects for the constituency, explaining that Sekondi was still underdeveloped and lacked jobs for the youth.
He explained that the constituency needed someone with fresh ideas, and a results-oriented individual of his caliber to save Sekondi from its current state.
He noted that though the current MP, Hon. Papa Owusu Ankomah had been helpful in providing the town with some development projects, they were not enough to merit the status of a former regional capital.
Lawyer Sam-Amoah pointed out that when given the mandate as MP for Sekondi, he would work effectively to meet the expectations of the constituents.
He called on them not to lose hope, adding “Sekondi is not a dying town but it can only be revived if it gets a good leader of my caliber, who cares about its well-being”.
From Sam Mark Essien, Takoradi