The Member of Parliament(MP) for Wa East in the Upper West Region, Hon Godfrey Tangu Bayon, has reiterated his commitment to chart the path of development that would tackle problem of education, roads infrastructure, health and unemployment bedevilling the youthful constituent.
According to him, though the problem of education and youth unemployment remained deeply a national challenge, there was the need for him to tackle it because he is ambitious for the young people development in the Wa East constituency.
Hon. Bayon gave the promise during an interaction with THE REPUBLIC in his office at parliament in Accra yesterday.
Wa East District was carved out of the former Wa District and made a district by L.I 1746 in July 2004, with Funsi as it capital.
The district shares boundaries with West Mamprusi to the northwest, West Gonja to southeast and the Sissala East district to the north. The district occupies (17.3%) of the total landmass of the region (18,478.4sq/ km2).
The remoteness of the district relative to other districts of the region has deprived it of basic social and economic infrastructure and services.
Nevertheless, Mr Bayon identified four pillars upon which he would prosecute his accelerated development plan which includes education, roads networking, health and youth enterprise initiative.
He told the paper that no nation can achieve any meaningful development without supporting youth as future leaders with quality education and career guidance and counselling to enable them realise their full potentials.
Many experts says that, education is key to the development of any society and what any society owes upcoming generation is qualitative education. Even at the smallest unit of the society, the family, education is the greatest asset any parent can give to his children.
Some development analysts also argued that Ghana’s non-graduates still struggle with the transition between education and the workplace, partly because of poor educational background and careers guidelines and counseling in schools.
This, Mr Bayon said, education is a truism that any society that wants to advance must invest in the education of its people and expressed his commitment to boost secondary and tertiary education as key to the advancement of Wa East constituency.
So far, he said over 77 students who benefitted from his share of MPs common fund are either completed or still pursuing various programmes at tertiary institutions across the country, while others also benefiting same at the secondary schools level.
He added that, three of such students are pursuing professional courses in China, two pursuing medicine (doctors), one or two pursuing law and several of them into other profession including nursing, teaching and security services.
Mr Bayon also mentioned the roads from Funsi to Wa, Funsi to Bulenga, Bulenga to Ducie, among other as major economic roads under the urban and highway roads that government must tackle in the interim to reduce cost of traveling and health condition due to the dust from the road.
Other farming community roads that the MP said needed to be rehabilitated are the Kundungu-Belekpong, Funsi –Duu-Choggu, Kundungu-Kunyeben-Tinniabe and Funsi Duu East Roads.
As a measure to tackle the staggering unemployment in his constituency,the MP for Wa East constituency said one of such interventions is improved road network and agriculture with emphasis on irrigation.
He said, his hope hinges on the timely construction and completion of the Funsi -Wa road to help in easing farmers to convey their farm produces to major market centres in the region.
While asking the people to remained resolute and peaceful to each other, Mr Bayon said, “I have an open-door policy to collaborations. I am willing to work with anyone that has a mission to support the effort to improve well being of the people of Wa East through education, roads, and health care system for our people.”
He reiterated his commitment to ensuring access to good health and would work to improve health facilities, stating, “most of the few clinics available needed to be improved, some do not have delivery rooms, equipments and others.”
The MP however took a swipe on the previous National Democratic Congress(NDC) government for not adding a single developmental project in the constituency during its eight years administration, stating, ” projects that started when I was MP and Minister of State in 2008, are all left unattended to by the NDC government.”
Mr Bayon assured his people of better days ahead for Wa East constituency under the Nana Akufo Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, promising that all what he want is the betterment of the people of Wa East.
Sources:www.therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba