An aspiring parliamentary candidate for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ayensuano Constituency in the Eastern Region has expressed shock that the incumbent Member of Parliament is the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport while 99 per cent of roads in the Constituency are in deplorable state.
Madam Josephine Awuku Ansaah said the name of the District capital is ‘Coaltar’ but none of the roads in the constituency has not seen tarring with coal.
The aspiring candidate made the observations in an interview on Onua FM’s Election Command Centre on Monday.
The Ayensuano Constituency is currently occupied by Samuel Ayeh-Paye, who is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport. He is seeking re-election.
The female contestant admitted that though MPs do not undertake developmental projects, they can lobby for developments for their constituents and that has not been done by the sitting MP.
“MP does not do roads but can lobby. Common fund can be used for the benefit of the communities,” she noted.
Madam Ansaah noted that most schools in the constituency do not have desks for the pupil and this is affecting teaching and learning.
“Educational challenges in the constituency are a worry. Most of them do not have computers for ICT. They are taught on books but for ICT, they must be taught with computer and I have provided some to some of the schools.”
She noted that tables and desks are not available in most of the schools.
“We have trees all over the constituency, yet pupils do not have desks to study on and as a leader, you need to think outside the box. Come out with an initiative to help the constituents and that is what I will do,” she promised.
She explained that unemployment in the constituency is very high and before becoming a candidate and hopefully MP, she has been able to help some of the youth and women in the constituency.
“Through Forestry Commission, I have been able to secure some jobs for the youth. Some are also into security services.”
Madam Ansaah added: “I have given some soft loans to some women to trade with and I am ready to do more should I win to become the MP.”
The aspirant noted that in modern world, access to information is very key and therefore, children in the constituency need to be on the same level with their peers in the cities.
“There is poor telecommunication network in the constituency and we are into the technological era. Those in Accra and other parts of the country are writing the same exams. It does not matter which school you attend so students would need a reliable data to study ICT in their schools and that is one of the things I will champion.”
By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|3news.com|Ghana