Mr. Kum was among the new lawmakers who secured parliamentary seats for the NPP at the December 7, 2016 general elections that triggered the defeat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Lawyer by profession, the new legislator beat his closed contender, George Kwame Aboagye, of the NDC, with 30,596 votes representing 68.10%, as against 13,784 representing 30.68% of total votes cast.
Geographically, Ahanta West, which is a district with its capital, Agona Nkwanta, is bounded to the east by the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), the west by the Nzema East Municipality, and to the north by Mpohor Wassa East District and Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.
Agriculture is the major economic activity undertaken in the district and the major food crops produced include cassava, plantain, maize, yam, rice and vegetables, such as carrots, cabbage, tomatoes and pepper.
Rubber cultivation, which employs quite a number of youth in the area, is on small scale by out-growers to large-sized plantations mostly owned by the Ghana Rubber Estate Limited (GREL).
There is also an increasing demand for land for other non-agricultural activities in the district, especially in the wake of the Oil and Gas find, as well as other corporate entities in the district.
Nonetheless, Mr. Kum told The Republic exclusively in an interview that he would work hard to bring development to the constituency, following his own ambition and other concerns presented to him by the people.
According to him, his vision would focus on the social welfare, education, health, infrastructure and employment creation for the increasing youth to supplement the employment opportunity by the Ghana Rubber Estates Limited (GREL), which is one of Africa’s leading rubber producers in the area.
“My job is to see to it that I get more funds from my MPs Common Fund for some of the development issues, especially education, health and water and sanitation,” he maintained.
He told the paper point-blank that his victory was based on his conviction that Ahanta has a lot to offer, but lacks the kind of leader with the vision and foresight to use the available resources, both raw material and human, to propel development for the people.
“During the electioneering campaign, my people presented concerns of unemployment, the need for electricity, access to healthcare, education and road construction in other areas. With that, I will work hard to ensure that we get some, if not everything.”
“I have had talks with the ministers, especially the Minister for Roads, as well as the Ministers for Health and Education and they gave me their assurance to let Ahanta West get its fair share of the national cake.”
“As I am talking, some of the roads which are in bad shape have been mentioned in the 2018 budget and I believe definitely these roads will be worked on before the end of our four-year term,” Mr. Kum said.
He further told the paper that, the district road network is mostly feeder roads, some of which are in poor condition, making some of the settlements inaccessible during rainy season, nothing, “Easy access to the district capital from other communities becomes difficult during the rains.”
The few asphalted and paved roads are a section of the Trans-West African road that passes through the district capital, Agona Ahanta, and others including the Agona Ahanta to Dixcove and Busua Link, Aboadi- Ayiem stretch, Funkoe and New Amanful roads.
Some other communities with poor road network which he said needed serious attention include Princess Town, Princess- Aketakyi, Anyano, Gyabengkrom, Abease/Tumentu, Mpatase, Edumako, Adiewoso and Apemanim, Apimenim No.2, Hotopo, Ewusiejoe, Akentenchie, Kojokrom, Fulkpolr, Yaakow, Sankor, Himakrom, Abaase, Ntaakrom, Azani and Ahuntumano.
Touching on healthcare delivery, the MP said, though the district has a number of health facilities that has brought service to the door steps of the people, there were still problems confronting the sector in the area.
He said besides problems of inadequate facilities, there were also issues of inadequate personnel, as most of them are reluctant to accept postings to remote areas without facilities, medicines and medical equipment.
When it comes to Water and Sanitation, Mr. Kum said the district has several boreholes some of whichare functional, while others also need repairs, noting that, “the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) is providing more to most of the deprived communities as part of its corporate social responsibility.”
The district is also blessed with tourism potentials hosting about four of the forts which include Fort Dorothie, Fort Metal Cross, Fort Batenstein (Butre) and Fort Groot Fredriechsburg, while Cape Three Point Forest reserve has also been identified as potential for ecotourism development.
Besides that, Recercaѐ Corperazione (RC) has developed West Coast Tourism in three communities, namely Butre, Busua and Dixcove, with the view to promoting water-based tourism.
Other potential sites that could be developed are the monkey sanctuary and the crocodile pond at PrincessTown and Egyambra respectively, sandy beaches at Funkoe Beach, Adjua Beach, Victoria Beach at New Amanful, Miemia Beach, Princess Town Beach, Cape Three Point Beach, Asemkow Beach (Hideout and Fanta Folly) and the Green Turtle and Safari Beach at Akwidaa.
With all these resources, Mr. Kum assured, he would look at those development issues and work towards implementing change in the constituency, stating, “I have promised myself to fight all the way for my constituents, jobs, roads, health, education and water and sanitation and I am prepared to serve them.”
He disclosed that he is also taking measures for most of the youth to get better employment in the Oil and Gas sector and vowed to fight for more jobs in his constituency.
As a first time MP, Mr. Kum said he would do his best and that the people of Ahanta West should expect very useful work from him in parliament, assuring his supporters his contributions in the august house would be of a high caliber.
He thanked his constituents, especially the chiefs, his party executives in the constituency, women groups, the youth and all citizens of Ahanta West both within and outside for believing and voted for him to represent them in parliament.
“I want to thank my people for voting for me. I will always be there for their concerns as they voted me to represent their issues in parliament,” he concluded.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba