Suhuyini  marks a year  in Parliament

— offers Bold Vision for Tamale North

Hon Suhuyini Alhassan Sayibu, Tamale North lawmaker has unveiled his vision for the constituency future and vowed to tackle  most of the developmental challenges facing his people despite been an opposition member.

The ace broadcast Journalist cum Politician wants the history books to remember him as more than just Member of Parliament (MP ) on the banner of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) for Tamale North in the Northern Region.

Sharing his experience in parliament after a year, Alhassan  Suhuyini told THE REPUBLIC exclusively that, “the opportunity to represent the good people of Tamale North as their Member of Parliament is both “humbling and exciting”

He hopes his tenure is filled with great accomplishments that relegate his milestone to transform status of Tamale North, the most deprived and poverty endowed constituency in the Tamale Metropolis.

Alhassan Suhuyini  parliamentary victory was one of those that  made headlines for  joining the main stream politics from the Media front as Broadcast Journalist with Accra based private radio, Radio Gold.

Exactly 7th of January this year,  marked a year for  the Tamale North  Legislator and his colleagues new MPs in the 7th parliament, having been declared victorious after a hottest contest in the 2016 presidential and parliamentary polls.

The young parliamentarian who defeated an incumbent independent Member of Parliament,  Alhassan Dahamani, to annex the Tamale North seat told the paper explicitly that, his victory was ordained by Allah and accomplished with effort of his party executives and supporters who repose high confidence in him.

He gained 21,280 representing 67.79% of the total votes cast to beat his closed contestant , Kulsumi Mohammed of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who managed 5,329, representing 16.98% votes.

Frankly, he said, hours before the elections on December 7, after  dawn prayers he committed the whole process into the hands of Allah, and was confident of victory per the results trickling in before  the Electoral Commission could finish counting the ballots.

According to him, for the first time in the history of the constituency, the NDC had won all the polling stations, adding that the mammoth victory gave him a nostalgic feeling of the opportunity to serve the people where he grew up.

Hon  Suhuyini said, even though he won the seat by overwhelming majority of all the polling station, the victory mood was shortchanged for sadness when results monitored nationwide indicated that President John Mahama has lose the presidential election.

The shocking defeat of John Mahama, he noted  had caused some people in the constituency to get heart attack, some lost their life’s, while others were also rushed to hospitals.

Nevertheless, he said he had come to learn from parliament, especially the contribution made on the floor and that there are evidence to point that parliamentarians have the nation at heart and that not everything discussed are of partisanship.

” while my one year in parliament, I have seen that, very little issues are discuss on partisanship or  have had political colorization. Many times when issues are discussed, they are done for the nation, the heated debates and all what have you, at the end you will realized  that they are all seeking for a common purpose  for  the same results, but only in different direction.”

However, he said, some of the partisanship debate and argument on the floor of the chamber  viewed by public are at time done so to expose the double standard exhibited in some cases.

For him, he has learnt the parliamentary procedures, the Standing Orders  and could confidently say that, he is becoming knowledgeable in the process both at the chamber and  at the committee level.

Just like his colleagues, Hon Suhuyini  said parliament is an institution of learning and one must learn quick to be able to adjust and conduct oneself as MP, but expressed the view that, if parliament could be adequately  resourced, it would improve the democratic development of the country.

Outlining his vision for the constituency, Hon Suhuyini said, he was in a fixed position  to use all legitimate funds at his disposal as MP, which includeshis shares of the  MPs common Funds, among others to develop the constituency and would not spare any step necessary to achieve his objectives.

“It’s an incredible privilege to represent the people of Tamale North. So I will do my best to serve as a role model for others to follow, and hope to emulate the finest qualities of those who led before me.”

“However, it is alao my responsibility, my challenge to give them the opportunity to enjoy some level of development. I will say, after Sangnerigu was carved out, the rest of the Communities  that made up the constituency are most deprived areas, the road network are so poor.”

Asked  if he has a focus area for his constituency in terms of development, Suhuyini said  he is  focusing on the poor roads network, inadequate health and

educational facilities, water and and sanitation  and as well as youth development and women empowerment.

He expressed sad on the fact that, roads contracts that were awarded legitimately under NDC administration  have all of a sudden been stalled as contractors left site,while new contracts awarded else where by the current government, describing such decisions as “heartless decision,” on the good people of Tamale North.

“Some of the roads that were awarded on contracts by previous government have been abandoned since January 2017. Contractors have since  left site. I raised this problem on the floor of parliament by way of question to the sector minister but up till date nothing is happening on those roads on contract and you how fast tarred roads could bring development,” Suhuyini said.

The Tamale North lawmaker stated that, the claims by government that the roads contracts were halt due to lack of funds could not be entirely true because, in some cases the contractors were willing and ready to raise funds to execute those projects and be paid later.

At the other end of the spectrum, Hon Suhuyini said he had the opportunity to lead his people and what made him more humble was the fact that, he now has responsibilities than ever.

He had within the period under review made some social  interventions as he work towards satisfying the health needs of his constituents by building new health facilities  and as well refurbishing dilapidated projects across his constituency.

The MP  mentioned a newly built Reproductive and Child Health Service Centre and a rehabilitated health post at Choggu as some of the recent projects undertaken to improve the lives of his people and restore hope in them.

He said he remembered how some health personnel  posted to communities had to attend to patients particularly lactating mothers and children under trees, hence his rapid intervention.

In terms of education, Hon  Suhuyini said he procured 400 dual desks for distribution to some selected basic schools that lacked furniture compelling pupils to lie on the bare floor to write, provided mathematical sets to 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates and over GHc40,000.00 was also disbursed for brilliant but needy students pursuing various courses in both  the secondary tertiary levels.

He  noted that, being parliamentarian also gives him the opportunity to get to know most of the people, attending functions and other social gathering, nothing  that, effort was being made to hook most of the communities including Nyanshegu, Wovo-Guma, Kalpohin, Kanvilli and Kpawomo onto the national grid for power supply under the Rural Electrification Projects.of  SHEP -5.

While expressing  his gratitude to the people for reposing confidence in him and giving him the opportunity to represent them in Parliament, the Tamale North MP  reiterated his commitment to ensuring that development is bought at the door step of the people with an emphasis on health, education and roads network.

He promised to work hard to transform the lives of the constituent, especially the youth, but called for peaceful coexistence to enable him accomplish his vision in fulfillment of his 2016 campaign promises.



Source: Felix Engsalige Nyaaba


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