Dormaa-Ahenkro (B/A), Nov. 16, GNA - Three Parliamentary Candidates in the Dormaa West Constituency of the Brong-Ahafo Region have pledged their commitment to boost poultry production, which is the main economic activity in the area.
They made the pledge at a forum organised in Dormaa Ahenkro on Monday, by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) with support from the Open Society Initiative of West Africa and the United States Agency for International Development, to enable the Candidates to educate the electorate about their programmes and vision for the Constituency.
The candidates were Mr Vincent Oppong-Asamoah of the National Democratic Congress (NDC); Mr Yaw Asiedu Mensah of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Mr Kwadwo Adjei Dwomor of the Democratic People's Party (DPP).
Mr Oppong-Asamoah said he would document poultry production to provide first hand information about the venture to investors. He said he would promote sports and offer financial assistance to needy pupils, especially girls, to enable them to continue their education to the tertiary level.
As a means of uniting the people Mr Oppong-Asamoah he would establish an office of the Member of Parliament in the Constituency to facilitate frequent interaction with the people.
Mr Oppong- Asamoah was of the view that the office of District Chief Executive position should be an elective one, to enable competent persons to be voted to the district assemblies to serve the interest of the people.
He said politics was for development and, therefore, urged the people to unite and vote for candidates, who could improve on their standards of living.
Mr Mensah, who is seeking re-election on the ticket of the NPP, attributed the spread of the HIV/AIDS in the area, to lack of employment and said he would initiate programmes that would provide job opportunities to the youth, especially women to prevent them from engaging in activities that would put their lives in danger. He appealed to supporters of political parties to embark on decent electoral campaigns to ensure the success of Election 2004.
Mr Dwomor said he would establish a community farm and procure a tractor and other farming equipment to promote agriculture in the area. He would also develop Dormaaman Website, to market the economic and tourism potentials of the District to the outside world.
Ms Nansta Yakubu, Coordinator of the Programme, said the CDD was training about 7,000 observers to monitor Election 2004.