Journalists/presenters vie for electoral seats

From Issah Alhassan

From left: Bawuah Adu-Gyamfi, Frank Nsiah Appiah, Richmond Frimpong, Patric B. K. Apreku

THE DECEMBER 28 district assembly elections are expected to witness a keen contest, with a number of radio personalities and journalists competing in their various electoral areas in the Ashanti Region.

A number of radio presenters in the Kumasi metropolis have filed nominations to contest in the elections, which is few weeks away from now, with most of them coming from F-Giant Broadcasting Limited, operators of Fox 97.9FM in Kumasi.

About four presenters of the station are competing in the race, with two of them coming from the metropolis, while the other two are contesting in the Ejisu Juabeng and Bosomtwe assemblies.
The four include Richmond Frimpong, Frank Nsiah Appiah, Bawuah Adu Gyamfi and Patrick B.K. Appraku.

The four radio personalities have, in separate interviews, been explaining to the Ashanti File their reasons for contesting in the race.

Richmond Frimpong, who is contesting in the Abenase Electoral Area, in the Ejisu Juabeng Municipality, says he wants to use his influence as a broadcast journalist, and a BBS student at the Kumasi Polytechnic, to improve the living the standards of the people in his electoral area.

He said he had been in the community for a long time, and knew the problems and challenges the people there were going through, and believed that when given the nod, he would be able to articulate their grievances at the assembly, and secure the needed development for the area.

Patrick B.K. Appraku, who is a sports presenter at the station, on his part, said the Oforikrom West Electoral Area, where he is contesting, lacks basic social amenities which he hopes to lobby for the people, when elected into power.

He said it was regrettable that an area like Oforikrom, which is located right inside the metropolis, should still continue to suffer from problems like poor arterial roads, lack of proper water supply and other incentives which can enhance the living standard of the people.

Appraku further added that youth empowerment would also be one of his priorities, as he would be seeking to liaise with civil society organisations in the community to help develop the skills of the youth.

On his part, Frank Nsiah Appiah, who is a news anchor at the station, and is contesting in the Brodekwano Electoral area of the Bosomtwe District, said the area had been neglected for so long, in spite of its proximity to the district capital.

He said poor road networks were hampering the activities of farmers in the area, while the educational standard in the community was very low, as a result of poor infrastructure.

Nsiah Appiah therefore, pledged to work assiduously to address the numerous challenges facing the people, particularly, farmers and youth in the area.

Bawuah Adu-Gyamfi, who is contesting in the popular Asem Electoral Area, said ensuring the reduction of number of school drop outs in the community would be one of his priorities.

He said the popularity and the good name enjoyed by the Asem community was not reflected adequately in the level of development in the area, stressing that when given the nod, he would ride on the community’s image to strive for development projects.

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