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14.11.2008 General News

Collins Dauda Promises Constituents

The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Asutifi South, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has urged his constituents to vote massively for him in the December 7 polls for him to continue to serve them in humility.

He has also pledged that when retained as the MP, he would continue to fight for more development projects for the area as he had done for the past four years.

Alhaji Dauda, who has been retained as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the December 7 election, said this when he addressed thousands of his supporters at a rally at Acherensua in the Asutifi District of the Brong Ahafo Region.

According to him, MPs did initiate projects but the overall development of the towns and villages in the constituency was the responsibility of the district assembly and central government.

He stated further that MPs only received about one per cent of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) sent to the assemblies for development projects and, therefore, there was not much that an MP could do with his or her share to provide development projects for all communities in his or her constituency.

Alhaji Dauda, therefore, urged his constituents to ignore the impression being created by his opponents that the total development of the constituency was the responsibility of the MP and that he had not done much in terms of the overall development of the constituency.

The incumbent MP urged the electorate to vote massively for him and the NDC's presidential candidate, Professor John Atta Mills, to execute the party's human-centred policies to alleviate the current economic hardships they found themselves in as a result of the bad policies and programmes that had been pursued by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, led by President Kufuor.

Alhaji Dauda stated that poles for the electrification and street lighting project in some of the towns in the constituency, for instance, Nkasiem, were provided by him and that he had also initiated and completed other development projects to bring relief to the people.

He dared the Asutifi District Assembly to come out clearly to tell the people how it had utilise the DACF and other internally generated funds to provide development in the constituency to improve the standard of living of the people.