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15.04.2008 Social News

Ablekuma South primariesBen Brown says "education is my priority"

By Accra Mail
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The Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) Mr. Ben Brown has declared his commitment to the advancement of education in Ablekuma South and the nation at large.

“Education is a prerequisite tool for socio-economic development, if we want this nation to develop, then we must critically address the challenges confronting the educational sector, I am happy the government has introduced the school feeding programme and the revision of the pre-school age from 5 to 4 years that even children of 4 years can start going to school. This is what I stand for and will do everything possible to spearhead this crusade” he said.

He said in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, he will reverse the trend where children in fishing communities prefer fishing to schooling. “The message of education has not gone down well in some parts of the constituency especially the Chorkor enclave, this is the concept I want to erode”.

Speaking in an interview with the ADM on his bid to contest the Ablekuma South constituency parliamentary seat on the ticket of the NPP, he said the desire to be a member of parliament is a call to deepen his service to the constituency and Ghana.

“I believe in the constituency, this is where I was born, educated and have lived all my life, I know the challenges of the area…I am ready to serve the good people of the society. It has given me so much, how can I pay back? I can only do so by being on the floor of parliament serving as an instrument of development for my constituency.”

Mr. Brown is contesting the Ablekuma South seat with Louisa Bruce Quainoe, Mr. Bruce Appiah, and Mr. Kojo Smith following the voluntary decision of the incumbent, Madam Theresa Tagoe, not to seek re-election in the December parliamentary elections.

He said he has paid for the bills of fifty residents for the National Heath Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

“From this modest beginning, the health needs of the people in the constituency will be solved. I resolve to continue serving them in whichever capacity…but more when I am voted as an MP of the constituency.”

He talked about plans underway to modernize fish farming from small to commercial scale. This he said is a major initiative expected to help alleviate poverty in the area.

“Last year I was able to secure outboard motors on soft loan terms, for the fishermen; it had a positive impact on their businesses. That is my vision, which would best be realised if I am in parliament; there I would have a bigger voice as an MP to partner and to advocate.”

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