NDC, CPP Lock Horns at CDD Debate
Two Tema West Parliamentary candidates, Mr. George Medie and Mr. Kofi Asempa of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Convention People´s Party (CPP) respectively last Monday locked horns at a debate organised by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) at Tema.
The debate, which would also be held in other 30 constituencies in all the regions of the country, was to entrench democracy at constituency levels and assist voters to make objective electoral choices based on their assessment of candidates and their programmes ahead of the upcoming general elections.
Answering questions on local governance, disability, peace and security, corruption and democracy, the CPP candidate, Mr. Asempa stated that the general election is not about being the best in personality but it is about how one can initiate the necessary development for the prosperity of Ghanaians.
Touching on corruption, he said he would introduce reforms, which would reduce government expenditure to ensure proper accountability for rapid development. He said corruption is one of the major challenges facing the nation and therefore he would see to it that the government spends less resource so that money saved would be used in the development of other sectors. Mr. Asempa expressed his astonishment about how all the political parties in the country spend huge sums of money on campaigning and wondered where all those funds come from.
Concerning issues facing the disabled, Mr. Asempa noted that the two percent government allocation fund to the disabled through the various district assemblies had not impacted positively in the lives of people living with disability. When given the mandate as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, he said he would collaborate with the government to establish special schools to help keep the disabled off the street. He called on residents in Tema West constituency to cast their votes massively for him and the CPP Presidential candidate, Dr. Paa Kwesi Ndoum because they have the ability to solve all the problems affecting the country as well as bring total development and satisfaction to all Ghanaians.
On his part, Mr. Medie of the NDC hinted that the Tema Township is deteriorating and therefore, he would do whatever it takes to ensure the upliftment of the constituency and also bring development in the constituency. On his vision for people with disability, he stated that he would establish special schools to support them through education and training so as to become useful citizens. He would not stigmatize the disabled and promised that he would be there for them in times of need. On security, he mentioned that he would support other organisations to enhance peace when voted as the MP for the constituency. Asked if he could help improve businesses in the constituency, Mr. Medie said he would solicit loans from banks so that individuals would be able to establish their businesses adding that micro finance would be given to market women to help expand their businesses. He also called on the residents to vote massively for him because he is the right man to represent them in parliament adding “Vote also for Prof. Evans Atta Mills for a better Ghana”.
Source: The Daily Dispatch, Friday November 21st 2008, Vol. 22 No. 32