An aspiring Assemblyman for Dwenase Electoral Area in the Akwatia Constituency, Nana Obeng-Danquah has said that if the expected developmental programs are to take place, the electorate should elect serious minded people who are prepared to sacrifice for the people.
“For speedy development to take place at the districts across the country, the electorate should in the impending district election, examine the aspirants critically and vote for those who have a grasp of the core functions of being an Assembly member. We need to elect serious minds to go to the Assembly if the needed developmental programs are to take place”, he said.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle over the weekend, Obeng-Danquah, affectionately called ‘Daakyehene’ said the Dwenase Community deserves better, since it cannot afford to continue lagging behind development, hence the “sacrifice I am making to provide quality and effective leadership and representation at the District Assembly”.
“For me, I am being driven by communal spirit, the burning desire and the passion to sacrifice to serve the good people of the Dwenase community”, he said, with a broad smile on his face.
The District Assembly election is schedule to take place on December 28, 2010, in line with the decentralization concept.
The districts represent the central government, where majority of the poor rural folks reside. In addition to making bye-laws, Assembly members are expected to offer ideas geared towards finding solutions to problems, and at the same time initiate programs that will help uplift the living standard of the people.
As part of his ambitions towards development for the Dwenase community, Obeng-Danquah said he would mobilize the people to embark on self-help projects through fund raising, contributions and sponsorship.
He said some of the initiatives he would introduce include regular meetings with the people to take decisions, ensure proper sanitation, raise awareness about teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS, and to settle the perceived mistrust between the Chief in the community and the people for peace to prevail.
He told The Chronicle that he would also ensure his people derive maximum benefit from the natural resource that the community is endowed with, whilst protecting the environment from degradation, as it happened in most mining communities.
As a media practitioner, Obeng-Danquah said he would use his expertise to highlight the problems of the electoral area to catch government’s attention.