01.04.2008 Politics

‘Vote For Credible Candidates’

01.04.2008 LISTEN
By Daily Guide

WOMEN HAVE been called upon to shun inferiority complex, consider the development of their communities and its transformation, and vote for industrious parliamentary candidates in the December polls. This way, they would be able to leave a very good legacy for the next generation and hold the stewards responsible for their promises.

The Organizing Secretary of Songtaa Nyongta Association, a women's group at Lawra constituency in the Upper West Region, Mrs. Victoria Kabo, gave the advice during a sensitization workshop organized for 500 women leaders within the Lawra paramountcy to sensitize them on the need to actively get involved in politics.

According to her, it was time women assumed their rightful place in society by contributing significantly to the development of their families and the communities as a whole by getting involved in the decision-making process.

This, she noted, could only be achieved if they turned out in their numbers to register and vote, each time there was a general election, to choose the rightful candidates to represent them in government.

She explained that it was only through this that they could take their fair share of the national cake.

Madam Kabo appealed to the women in the area to look out for candidates who would place priority on the development of the Lawra-Nandom traditional area.

She also appealed to them to carefully access the performance of each government, and vote accordingly to bring more development to the Lawra district.

Later in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, she acknowledged the significant contributions towards the alleviation of poverty, and the improvement of the economy in the Upper West Region by the NPP government.

She praised the government and said it had not let its supporters down.

Other participants at the event told DAILY GUIDE they had received enormous assistance from the NPP government through the Micro-Credit Loan Scheme (MASLOC) which had helped them in establishing various businesses.

Others were very pleased about the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme and said it had lessened the suffering of patients after it replaced the cash and carry system.

The event, which attracted women groups from over 45 communities within the Lawra-Nandom area, was also to highlight issues on the impending women's annual durbar.

The durbar, held every April, is aimed at creating awareness on important government policies and programmes, and raising funds in support of the development of the area.

This year's event, according to the organizers, would attract illustrious sons and daughters of the region and various gender activists.

Issues would be centred on the 2008 general elections and the way forward for women in the area.

From Stephen Zoure, Back from Wa

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