Drama unfolded at Assin Dompim in the Assin Central Municipality of the Central Region at the weekend when chiefs in the area trooped to the house of the Member of Parliament (MP), Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, to plead with him to contest the 2016 parliamentary election.
According to the chiefs, the MP has been supporting the people of the area and did not see why he has to vacate the seat at a time the country is in serious crisis. They wanted a confirmation to rumours that the Assin Central MP was not going to contest the 2016 polls.
Some of the chiefs had no other option than to shed tears immediately the MP said he was not going to contest again.
The spokesperson for the chiefs, Nana Kutin Amoah III, who is the Benkumhene of Effutuakwa Traditional Area, told the MP to rescind his decision immediately.
Nana Amoah mentioned some of the projects which had been initiated during the MP’s tenure of office and appealed to him to contest again to complete all his unfinished projects.
He noted that plans were underway for the chiefs to construct a nursing training college in the area, adding the MP had been very instrumental in that the project comes to fruition and should therefore ensure its completion before he backs out of politics.
Mr Agyapong hinted that although he had planned to quit politics, he would contest again, because of the respect he has for chiefs and the love they have shown to him.
‘I will contest the seat again for the sake of you but please don’t tell me to contest again in 2020 since I have to allow others to come and contribute their quota towards the development of the area,’ he underscored.
He donated an amount of GH¢10,000 to the chiefs in support of the nursing training college and promised to provide 40 acres of land for its construction.
He urged the chiefs to sign an agreement with the government to allocate 30% of the admissions into the nursing training college to the people of the area after its completion.
‘It is very sad when I see that people from Assin are not getting admission into our training college and the Immigration Training School, even though the school is on our land,’ he bemoaned.
FROM Sarah Afful, Assin Foso
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