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19.04.2004 General News

Stop the threats to boycott Polls - MP

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Atwima-Koforidua (Ash), April 19, GNA-Mr James Adusei-Sarkodie, Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima Nwabiagya, has denounced what he says, are attempts by some communities to blackmail the government with threats to boycott the coming December general polls. "The situation where some people insist that they would not be part of the elections unless specific demands made on government are met is most unfortunate". Mr Adusei-Sarkodie was addressing a forum held to interact with the chiefs and people of Atwima-Koforidua in his constituency on Sunday. It was designed to provide him with the opportunity to educate the people on some important national issued and to listen to their concerns so as to articulate them on the floor of Parliament. The MP said it was absolutely inconceivable for anyone to expect the government to meet every single demand or need of all communities in the country at the same time.
"Certainly, we would need to be a bit patient and allow the government time to work out solutions to the myriad of problems facing us as a people".
Mr Adusei-Sarkodie pointed out that the performance of the Kufuor administration within its relatively short period in office had been commendable.
"This is a fact, that cannot simply be wished away by even our opponents".
He also touched on the need for Ghanaians to have a better understanding of the functions and roles of the Parliamentarian, as against those of the District Assemblies, the assembly members and the unit committees with regard to the physical development of the communities.
He noted that the inability to distinguish the roles of these groups had led to the situation where MPs are accused, blamed and insulted for lack of development in their areas.
Mr Adusei-Sarkodie told the people that there was no community in his constituency that had not benefited from one form of assistance or the other from his share of the common fund.
He announced a 20 million cedis support for the rehabilitation of an old school structure in the town.
Mr Charles Yeboah, the District Chief Executive, said the government, with assistance from its German counterpart is to construct a market and school for the community at a total cost of 4.8 billion cedis.
The people would contribute 10 percent of the funding.

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