A former journalist of the Daily Graphic and a past Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr Frankie Asare-Donkoh, is contesting the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa parliamentary seat on the ticket of the New Patrotic Party (NPP).
Asare-Donkor hopes to unseat the incumbent Member of Parliament, Mr P. C. Appiah-Ofori, and as such has already filed his norminations.
According to Mr Asare-Donkor, his vision and immediate plans if elected the Member of Parliament for the constituency was to set up an educational fund to support bright needy children.
He said that this would ensure that the human resource and intellectual base of the district were strengthened while the marketability of most graduating children from the area were greatly enhanced.
He said that his tenure would encourage team-work and gave the assurance to mobilise all the various talents, experiences and expertise of people from the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District (Constituency) both home and abroad for the speedy development of the district.
He said that the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa Constituency had a wealth of talents and experienced personalities some of whom had previously occupied very high national and international positions but who had been neglected in the past in the affairs of the area.
He, therefore, plans to effectively mobilise and get them involved in the development of the area.
He said the area was lagging behind in development and there was the need to mobilise everybody to assist in the development of the area, adding that if he won the seat he would set up a health fund to cater for the health needs of people aged 60 years and above and the fund would also support extremely poor people who would be identified by their communities.
He indicated that there seemed to be division in the party so he hoped to unite the various groups in order to retain the seat and ensure a resounding victory for the NPP.
Asare- Donkoh is currently an Associate Lecturer at the Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom.
He is a product of the Ghana Institute of Journalism and holds a Master of Arts degree in International Journalism from Cardiff University.
Asare-Donkoh was a former Head of News Department of Choice FM, and the Secretary of the Ghanaian Centre of International PEN, a worldwide association of writers.
Story by Mary Mensah