Ghana heads to the polls 13 days away. Political parties across the aisle have devised various strategies to still drive home their suitability for the role of leadership of this great country.
In a bid to sensitize Ghanaians on the need for peace, the Catholic Diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission in collaboration with the Oforikrom Municipal Assembly held a Town Hall Meeting at the Appiadu Durbar Grounds in the Ashanti region of Ghana. The event was under the auspices of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference.
The event was graced by Imam Abubari Sidiq, Imam for Baribaa who also doubled as the Chairman for the occasion; the Member of Parliament for the Oforikrom Constituency, Honourable Dr. Emmanuel Marfo who is also seeking another term in office; the Council of Elders of the Appiadu Community led by the Kyeame for the community, Nana Akwasi Gyimah; Alhaji Bela, Sarikun Zawiya; Rev. Father Joseph Louis Antwi Bosiako, Resident Chaplain for Christ the Teacher College of Education, Mrs. Pearl M. Bampo, the Human Resource Manager for the Oforikrom Municipal Assembly and Madam Vera Offei, NCCE Municipal Director for Oforikrom.
Although other political parties were invited, circumstances beyond their control led to their absence. This gave the current M.P enough time to drive home the message of peace amidst a subtle account of the strides achieved by his outfit as the tenure in office screeches to a halt awaiting a renewal or removal from office.
Although other political parties were invited, circumstances beyond their control led to their absence. This gave the current M.P enough time hammer home the message of peace amidst a subtle account of the strides achieved by his outfit as the tenure in office screeches to a halt awaiting a renewal or removal from office.
Dr. Emmanuel Marfo touched on the misconception that infrastructural projects are a duty of Members of Parliament alone. To buttress this point, he lay out the five key roles of MPs; these being Representational role, Power of Purse, Making of laws, Deliberative function and Oversight function. He clarified that the role of infrastructural projects commissioning was not just the role of an M.P but an M.P does play a pivotal role in lobbying with the necessary ministry in charge of carrying out those projects.
He made it known to the gathering that Municipal Chief Executives also have a role to play in infrastructural development in constituencies and as such blame and praise alike should be dished out likewise. He commented on the pressures mounted on Members of Parliament to live society-dictated lifestyles which in turn gives rise to corrupt behavior in order to save face and keep the masses happy.
The Town Hall Meeting was a resounding success with community folks coming out of their homes to share their grievances and also have mano-o-mano conversations with their community’s leaders. More such events are in the pipelines according to the coordinating team led by Mr. Bernard O. A. Kubi who is ably supported by Mr. William Essuman and Ms. Elizabeth Fowaa.
Source: Prince Kofi Guadzi | Hypercitigh.com with additional resource from William Essuman