Barely just after a week of the first ever youth forum organised for the youth of Atwima Nwabiagya North Constituency in the Ashanti Region, the Leadership of the Nwabiagya North Youth Forum, the organisers of this forum, has come under serious criticisms, accusations and attacks from supporters of the current MP, Hon. Benito Owusu Bio and some NPP constituency executives of Nwabiagya North.
Rumours reaching us indicate that, some followers and sympathisers of both the sitting MP and the NPP in the constituency believe the forum, which was held on 16th March at Esase, a community within the constituency, was organised to incite the youth of the area against the current political leaderships of the area. Critics say the forum is a deliberate movement to make the MP and the other leaders unpopular in the constituency as most these leaders were not invited to the forum.
Speaking to modernghana.com , the interim President of the Forum, Mprah Barnieh Francis (Kwame Blakk) debunked all these rumours and allegations, describing them as mere rumours driven by malice and mischief. He said ” We are not against any leader, being MP, DCE, Assembly man or woman. Infact, the dreams, visions and aspiration this platform go beyond the selfish interest of any personality in or out the constituency. We just want the best for our people especially, the youth.
The extent of poverty, hardship and desperation among the youth is so alarming that we just cant sit down and watch. We love our people and all we are doing is to bring all youth in this constituency under a non-partisan, objective and an intellectual umbrella thus; the Nwabiagya North Youth Forum, to discuss the best way forward and i think we dont need any sort of permission from anyone before doing so. Obviously, we will fight any leader who does not stand for the interest our people, that i can promise and i thinks thats their fear. It will be so unfair for anyone to brand the NYF to be against one particular leader. We have nothing against anyone, we just love our people and their interest is paramount”
He also denied the speculated rumour that, the massively attended forum was motivated and funded by one political figure in the constituency . ” Currently, we are funding this forum ourselves with the help from some concerned youth of this constituency and not any political figure. Nwabiagya North constituency has over the years paid it dues to development of this nation and its about time we stand up to demand development for ourselves. The NYF has come to uplift the living and moral standards of our people especially the youth through aggressive advocacy, debates, seminars, training, scholarship and motivation schemes. We are not here to push anyone’s political agenda as its been speculated. ” he also asserted.
With the next forum schedule to take place on the 27th April at Atwima Akropong, he called upon all the youth of Nwabiagya North to put aside pitiness, mediocrity and their political difference and join the NYF in its quest to change current absurb situation of the constituency.
Finally, the young enthusiatic Prez of NYF warned against any victimization and intimidation on its members and executives, saying, “we have a clear vision and mission, and there is no way we will be frightened by any sort of intimidations or threats”
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