Mr. James Agalga, Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa North Constituency in the Upper East Region, has unveiled a strategic programme to transform the constituency, which is said to be facing an acute water shortage and entrenched poverty.
The plan will focus on increasing access to water, roads and education, while increasing access and quality of health care service and preventive care also targeted.
It will also prioritise investments in resiliency and affordable financial loans to rural women, as well as job creation, youth development, and community/chieftaincy violence prevention.
According to Mr. Agalga, under his first term as MP, he had worked hard and chalked some success for the people, but emphasized there were more to be done.
Statistically, he said he had been able to drill boreholes for over 20 communities to reduce the incidence of water problems in the constituency, noting, ” before I took office as MP, there was huge problem in accessing water, especially during dry season, but today the story is not the same.”
“As I speak, 20 communities have benefited from boreholes, while some old dams also received repairs and expansion in Sandema-Kori, Gbedema, Fiisa, Wiaga-Yesosa, Wiaga-Zue, Vaari-Wiaga, Wiesi and Chuchuliga communities to provide water for both domestic and animals consumption,” Mr. Agalga stated.
Touching on health care delivery, the former Deputy Minister for the Interior said the constituency had benefited some CHIP Compound facilities but hinted that more effort was being made to get a clinic.
Mr. Agalga said, “I am going to employ a new holistic plan that will bring health and wellness to one of the most disadvantaged parts of the country. Today, we begin to create a brighter future for our people, and make Builsa North constituency a model for development of high need communities across the country.”
He said, under the previous government of National Democratic Congress (NDC) in which he had the privilege of serving as a Deputy Minister, some road construction was begun to open the place for investment and expressed the hope that the current government will continue where they left off.
The Builsa North legislator said, the road from Chuchuliga town through Tono to Fumbisi and other communities has the potential to open investment to agriculture produce and expressed the hope that the government will give the road a priority.
Asked how he intends to support women and the youth in the constituency, judging by the fact that the people are predominately subsistence farmers, Mr. Agalga said, before he was elected as MP in 2012, statistics from the region indicated that the constituency was the poorest recipient of government financial assistance to the rural women empowerment through the MASLOC programme.
But within the four years he had been MP and Deputy Minister, he was able to lobby to turn the situation and, today, women within the area are beneficiaries of MASLOC and are performing creditably more than others in the region.
He further disclosed that through his hard work and lobbying skills, most of the youth who had completed schools at certain levels with good qualifications have had some jobs, either in the security services or the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), which, he added, has helped reduce poverty among the people.
On security front, he said he had been able to bring two feuding chiefs to smoke the peace pipe, after a protracted dispute on legitimacy over the enskinment of the Chuchuliga chief, which lasted for decades.
He noted to battle the dual challenge of being vulnerable to the extreme Harmattan weather, while its need for electricity is increasing, Builsa North will see more communities hooked onto the national grid to supply power.
Mr. Agalga explained that, although there are factors that could impede the project, mainly funding, he remains committed to ensuring potable water, good sanitation, quality education and health care services and power are extended to every community in the constituency.
The former Deputy Minister for the Interior thanked his constituents, especially the chiefs, the immediate former district chief executive (DCE), the women, the youth and all citizens of Builsa North for believing and elected him as their representation in parliament.
He further urged members to stay calm and not allow themselves to be provoked by the action and inaction of members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), stating, “what is most important for Builsas now is how to develop our communities which have suffered development for years and urged all the constituents not to allow politics to divide them.
He further promised to work cordially with any person appointed as DCE for Builsa North District by the government to ensure that the district gets its fair share of the national cake.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba