Politics of Sunday, 14 October 2012
The Eastern Regional Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Bismark Tawiah-Boateng, has called on the people of Atiwa to vote for the party to witness further infrastructure development of the area.
He was speaking at the launch of the campaign of the NDC parliamentary candidate for Atiwa, Mr. Emmanuel Atta Twum, who is also the District Chief Executive of the Atiwa District.
He said in spite the fact that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) more often recorded very high votes in the area, it never rewarded the people with the necessary projects and the area remains very deprived.
Mr. Tawiah-Boateng said the reward that the people received was the appointment of many of its citizens into various positions under President John Agyekum Kufuor’s government.
He said those appointees instead of lobbying for development projects for the area, only visited the place on festive occasions and holidays to display the expensive vehicles that they had acquired.
Mr. Tawiah-Boateng said it was only under the government of the NDC that the Atiwa area saw tremendous development projects and called on the people to vote for the parliamentary candidate of the NDC, Mr. Atta- Twum and President John Mahama, to have more development projects.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Victor Smith, said after 12 years of being the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South, eight years of which he was a senior member of President Kufuor’s government, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, could not boast of any serious development project in the area.
He urged the people of Atiwa not to take the promises of the NPP serious.
Mr. Smith said the NPP gave similar promises in 2000 when they promised to extend the railway line to the North but could not fulfill it.
He said the NPP only extended the Senior High School (SHS) programme to four years without making provisions for extra classrooms and dormitories and created a lot of crisis for the country.
Mr. Atta –Twum said he was offering himself to the people to be their servant to go to Parliament to lobby for development projects for the area.
He promised to work towards the provision of the small town water project for the area if given the nod among many projects.