Woman contests five men at Akwadum Electoral Area

Koforidua, Feb. 23, GNA – Ms Gloria Gyapong, a 56-year-old beautician and a caterer, has expressed the hope to overpower her five male contenders to become the next Assembly member for the Akwadum Electoral Area in the New Juaben Municipality.

It is the first time in the history of the Electoral Area that a female is contesting in the district assembly elections.

Speaking to the GNA in an interview at Koforidua, Ms Gyapong, said she wanted to change the face of local politics and whip up interest for local participation in development in her area.

According to her, the men had done their part and that it was now time to give women the chance to prove the worth of leadership in the Akwadum Electoral Area.

She said when elected, her focus would be to help young women and the vulnerable in the area to be equipped with entrepreneurial skills to enable them generate income for themselves and their families.

The aspiring Assembly woman said she would use her links to court support from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other international organizations to provide some amenities for the area.

According to her, she would lobby the assembly to construct a community centre and to expand and renovate the only market in the electoral area, adding that she would get the assembly to level and tar all the dusty streets in the area.

Ms Gyapong said the Akwadum area was fast developing and the youth did not return to the area after attending secondary school outside the community.

She said when elected she, together with the Unit Committee members, would liaise with the assembly and some private persons to start a senior high school to retain the youth to help develop the area.

Ms Gyapong said she would also liaise with chiefs and people of the area to come up with a bye-law to check negative lifestyles of children and young people in the area to ensure the upbringing of responsible adults in the area.

She expressed worry about poor sanitation, lack of refuse dump sites and high fertility rate among young unemployed women in the area and pledged to collaborate with opinion leaders in the community to get some entrepreneurs to invest in the area. GNA EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE

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