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14.05.2008 NDC News

I will beat Nana Akomea-NDC candidate vows

By Michael Addo - Ghanaian Chronicle

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary candidate for Okaikoi South, Mr. Isaac Mensah has vowed to do everything possible to snatch the seat from the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area, Nana Akomea.

Whilst admitting that the incumbent MP may have more resources than him, the former officer of the Ghana National Fire Service said he has the ability to judiciously utilize the little that he has to cause an upset in the upcoming elections.

Speaking in an interview with the paper, Mr. Isaac Mensah confirmed that the people in the constituency have vested their trust in him and he believes that he is the only candidate who can re-brand the constituency and give it the desired image.

According to him, residents of the area have long been marginalized, stressing that “it is for this reason that my people have chosen me as somebody who can intercede and lead the constituency to fulfil its aspirations.”

He noted that Nana Akomea has not been able to bring the expected development to the area, hence the need to change him.

Mr. Mensah cited the lack of infrastructure as the bane of the constituency and promised to achieve a lot for the constituency when elected as the MP.

The ex-Fire officer, who claims to have been born and bred in the area, believes that the time has come for the people to give him the green light to continue the good work that he has so far started.

According to him, he has offered financial support to some residents in the area for their education, including the less privileged.

When elected as the MP, he promised to set up an educational fund which he has already started in some churches to support the youth to continue their education.

He stated that the safety of the people was paramount and that the expected development can only become a reality if the people are protected from armed robbers and mobile phone snatchers, which is on the increase in the constituency.

He believes that with the institution of an area watchdog committee or policing, the constituency will be protected and properly secured.

Further, Mr. Isaac Mensah indicated his preparedness to establish a football academy for the youth, since most of them are interested in soccer.

He also promised to make sure that the market women in the area have access to credit facilities from the banks for their businesses.

Currently, some negotiations are on going with some banks to bring hope to these market women who need assistance, the aspiring MP said.

That notwithstanding, the NDC Parliamentary candidate for Okaikoi South has also resolved to fight malaria in the constituency by organising regular community clean up exercises and offering community education on the need of living a healthy life.

“I would encourage the youth to take up science and technology in order to contribute to the development in the constituency” he added

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