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Politics | Nov 3, 2004

Kpone-Katamanso constituents interact with parliamentary aspirants

GNA

Kpone, Nov. 03, GNA -- An independent parliamentary candidate of the Kpone-Katamanso constituency, Ms. Stella Agyeman, has called on the constituents to give her the mandate to represent them in the next parliament to help move the constituency forward.

As an educationist who has been in the teaching service for more than 20 years she promised to make laudable efforts that would help improve on the educational standard of the people.

Ms. Agyeman made the call at a public debate organised by the Community Social Responsibility Movement, (CSRM) a Tema-based non-governmental Organisation for parliamentary aspirants in the Tema municipality.

The forum aimed at affording the aspirants in the constituency the opportunity to present their manifestoes to the electorate to assess them and to make informed choices.

Ms Agyeman promised to ensure transparency in the disbursement of her share of the MPs Common Fund, which she would use to embark on developmental projects in the area.

She gave the assurance that, given the mandate, she would make sure workers have much education on the labour law and to know their rights even before they get themselves employed in an institution. On waste management, she promised to collaborate with the Tema Municipal Assembly (TMA), to insist that factories get into recycling of waste.

On the issue of HIV/AIDS, she expressed the hope that a law could be enforced to help reduce the stigmatisation attached to the disease. She however, promised to work in unity with anyone irrespective of his or her political affiliation, stressing that, "at the end of the day, it is the development of Kpone that is important and not the individual's ideology".

Mr. Solomon Appiah, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), candidate who has been an assembly member of the area urged the electorate to vote for him to continue with the good work he has done in the area. On the labour front, he gave the assurance that given the mandate he would ensure that there was transparency among the management, union and the entire employees to avoid mistrust for each other and help solve issues confronting casual labourers.

He also promised to mobilise the youth to acquire vocational skills to be self-supporting and come out of the poverty line. The Convention People's Party candidate, Mr Justice Tetteh, identified environmental pollution as a major problem facing the area, saying that given the mandate, he would liaise with the Environmental Protective Agency, (EPA) to make sure that factories in the Municipality operate within the framework of the law.

Two other contestants, Mr. Nii Joseph Afotey Laryeh of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Ms. Rita Quaye of the People's National Convention did not attend the forum.

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