General News of Friday, 11 December 2015
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has stated that the resolve of majority of Ghanaians is to vote out the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, which he described as inept and bankrupt, that has brought untold hardship on the people.
He also charged “united at the grass roots” party members to work assiduously to explain the good alternative policies of the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia ticket that would halt “the current rot and excruciating economic difficulties” and put Ghana back on the track of progress.
The MP was speaking during the seventh in the series of open interaction with the constituents in Kumasi as part of his policy to constantly interact with them, brief them about happenings in Parliament and react to their concerns.
He also rendered accounts for the usage of the MPs share of the Common Fund and other revenue and answered questions from the electorate. This was also prior to his intended house-to-house interaction with his constituents.
The major question posed by the people bordered on why the government would decide to demolish over four main markets in the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) at the same time, a move that had worsened traffic congestion, disrupted businesses and led to a disorganised metropolis.
Currently, the Kejetia, Atonsu, Asawase and Krofuom markets have been demolished.
The MP mentioned that before leaving office, President J.A. Kufuor made available resources for the construction of the Krofuom Market, but strangely, the Mills-Mahama administration diverted the resources for a different purpose, leading to the situation.
He advised the people who were complaining about the state of Kumasi that they “cannot take President Mahama to court for abandoning projects initiated by the Kufuor administration but what they can do is to come out in their numbers and vote massively for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to become President in 2016”.
Addressing the concerns about security at night and lack of water in some areas, Dr Prempeh donated street lights to assembly members for those areas that did not have them streets lights and promised to drill boreholes in some areas.
He said currently, studies were being conducted for the suitability of where to drill the boreholes.
He advised the people to constantly interact with their assembly members and raise some of the issues with them to be presented to the metropolitan assembly that had been resourced to take care of the development needs of the people.