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15.10.2004 NPP News

Krowor Constituency NDC/NPP exhibit political maturity

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Accra, Oct. 15, GNA - Parliamentary Candidates of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the Krowor Constituency and their supporters on Friday danced together.

The Candidates, Dr Nii Oakley Quaye-Kumah of the NDC and Mr Abraham Laryea Odai of the NPP with their supporters wearing their party colours danced to brass band music after participating in a debate.

The debate organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) dubbed: "IEA Town Meeting" was to offer the Candidates the opportunity to market themselves, assess the capabilities of their opponents as well as interact with the electorate.

Presenting his manifesto, Dr Quaye-Kumah said he would institute a Krowor Central Education Fund, to finance the best teachers; best student and best parent award schemes and organise an outreach programme for final year students of Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools in the constituency.

Both JSS and SSS Students would benefit from Guidance and Counselling programme for the selection of courses and programmes. Hairdressers, Tailors and Carpenters would be trained in managerial skills, record keeping, customer care, bookkeeping, management of apprentices and the importance of social security.

Dr Quaye-Kumah, who is a Veterinary Surgeon, said education, sports, sanitation, unemployment, agriculture, women and children and the unity of the entire constituency would be is priority.

He said: "A new era has dawned on the election as the MP is a golden opportunity to take up the contest to holistically resolve the numerous challenges facing our communities.

"I will use my smart partnership skills in business, and my dynamism to transform the lives of our youth into an enviable and prominent one, I believe in servant leadership and not lordship." Mr Odai (NPP) also identified education, health and sanitation, youth development and employment, women and children, infrastructure development, sports and harnessing of human resources for meaningful development as his priority areas.

Other projects and programmes the Candidate outlined included: Setting up of Education Endowment Fund, sourcing of funds from companies operating in the area, facilitating the establishment of a community clinic and intensifying education on the National Health Insurance Scheme.

The rest were provision of more refuse containers at vantage points, the reactivation of Nungua Town League to serve as a source of recreation for the people.

Mr Odai said he would hold quarterly durbars with the chiefs, elders and other opinion leaders in the constituency to apprise them of Government's policies and programmes.

Mr Theophilus Mensah Boye, of the Convention People's Party, Mr Emmanuel B. Boyefio and Mr Theophilus Tei Okunor both independent candidates also identified education, human resources development, economic empowerment, health and sanitation as their priority areas if voted to serve.

Mrs Doris Acheampong Greater Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education; emphasised the need to maintain political maturity exhibited throughout the debate by candidates and their supporters.

She said: "Politicians and other political activists need to develop the culture of tolerance and focus on issues instead of attacking opponents."

Mr Kwesi Jonah, Acting Head of IEA Governance Centre, said the Town Hall debate would be done nationwide to offer the electorate the opportunity to assess their aspiring candidates. 15 Oct. 04

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