– Pokuah Sawyerr charges NDC
…As she inaugurates community centre
Hon. Queenstar Pokuah Sawyerr, Member of Parliament (MP) for Agona East in the Central Region, has advised leaders and members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to avoid a repeat of the ‘mistakes’ the party made during the 2016 general elections.
According to her, the mistakes, for which some members of the party refused or failed to turn out to vote for the party, while others cast theirs for the current government to register their grievances, should not be repeated.
Madam Pokuah Sawyerr, affectionately called ‘Obaatanpa’ by her constituents, gave the advice last Friday at a ceremony to commission a community centre she built for the people of the Fawomanye community within the Agona East District.
She said, prior to the general elections in 2016, some members of the party who felt aggrieved because they did not benefit from one thing or the other from the then NDC government decided not to cast their votes.
Others, the MP noted, were also misled by the ‘sweetheart’ promises made by President Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) and threw their support to them, but six months into the new government things are not the same as was expected.
She said these were all mistakes and that such mistakes should not be repeated so the NDC could return to power to continue with the development of the country, where Agona East stands to get its fair share.
“As we inaugurate this community centre today, let me use this forum to urge all of you here, especially the NDC members, not to make that mistake again. If you did not vote or you voted for the NPP at the last elections, do not make such a mistake, as you can see, since they (NPP) came to power have you heard of any development project?
“The road from Kwayarko to Agona Swedru that we (NDC) started will be there, they will not do anything on it, till NDC and Mahama comes back and ‘Isha Allahu,’ if John Mahama comes back that road will be completed,” Pokuah Sawyerr stated.
The former Deputy Central Regional Minister therefore called on all aggrieved members of the party to join the ‘most democratic party’ in its re-organisation and restructuring to return to power.
The NDC, as a party, she said, has demonstrated a lot of democratic instincts by ensuring uninterrupted and unmingled rule of law in Ghana, but that could not be said today under the NPP led by Akufo-Addo.
She urged the constituents, especially the political class in the Fawomanye community and Agona East in general, to run for cover by pitching tent with the NDC, the party with grassroots at heart.
Hon. Pokuah Sawyerr said the NDC government has brought a lot of development in all facets in Ghana, representing light instead of darkness being witnessed at the present dispensation, adding that, the next general elections, in 2020, would afford the aggrieved NDC members the opportunity to make ‘amends’ for the mistakes of 2016.
She added that, it is only NDC that can once more take Ghana to greater heights in the areas “of qualitative education, robust economy, unparalleled investment, quality healthcare and investors now more than ever,” as the palpable issues that led the party to its defeat in 2016 are being resolved.
Addressing the chief and people of Fawomanye after cutting the tape to commission the community centre, Hon. Pokuah Sawyerr said she remains committed to their needs day and night as their MP and urged them to continue supporting her to deliver.
She commended the residents for committing their time and energy to help erect the building, which she noted would go a long way to help them have convenient and conducive environment to organise their social activities and durbars.
‘Obaatanpa,’ as she is affectionately called, further promised to provide similar community centre project to other communities of over 15 within the constituency and advised the people to take good care of the facility and maintain it regularly.
The project was funded through personal resources, as part of her responsibility as an agent of development for communities under the constituency.
The chief of the Fawomanye, Nana Sekyi Annan IV, expressed his gratitude to the MP for responding to their needs with a community centre.
He said the completed project would provide an enabling environment for them to hold gatherings and meetings and assured that they would ensure good maintenance to serve the purpose provided for.
Some youth members who spoke to The Republic described the MP as honest and hard working and that until she came into the light as MP, they never knew MPs could bring such wonderful projects.
They however pledged to stand by her at all times as they wait patiently for opportunities to gain employment, as farming, which has been their preoccupation, is becoming expensive to the young farmers due to lack of farming implements.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba