The Parliamentary Candidate of the All Peoples Congress (APC) in the Ashaiman constituency, Yakubu Musah, has set job creation and quality health care delivery as his areas of priority if voted as law maker of the area in the December elections.
According the aspiring Member of Parliament (MP), joblessness and poor health care delivery are the biggest problems of the highly populated area.
In an interview with The Ghanaian Times in Ashaiman at the launch of his campaign on Sunday, Mr. Musah said the sitting MP, who has occupied the seat for more than two decades, has failed the electorate.
“We don’t have a hospital here in Ashaiman. Our wives, who can’t afford the private ones, had to journey to Tema for treatment. Our hearts pant anytime they are in labour and need to be referred to Tema amidst the traffic.
“How can a town like Ashaiman, with a population of more than Hundred Thousand people be without a public hospital?”, he asked
Mr. Musah said it was unthinkable to realise that Ashaiman needed to rely on Tema for health care after several years of keeping faith with the ruling National Democratic Congress in the face of the increasing population of the area.
Jobs, he continued, are unavailable for the residents, mostly youth, to engage in meaningful ventures so as to contribute to the growth of the area in particular and country as a whole.
“The MP for the area is obliged to lobby developments into his constituency apart from making laws and that is what I intend to do if voted for” the hopeful MP said when he was reminded that the legislator is not a development agent.
Mr. Musah said the assumption that MPs are not development agents was an erroneous one because “if you make laws for the people and you don’t care about their development, then you better don’t go to parliament as their representative.”
He said the pending election gives the electorate the opportunity to choose a candidate who cares about their welfare than to choose one that just focuses on making the laws for them without caring about their well-being.
Mr. Musah challenged his opponents to issue based campaign so that residents choose from the ideas and urged the electorate to shun candidates who would want foment trouble in the area.
Endorsing his candidature, the General Secretary of the APC, Razak Kojo Opoku, said Ashaiman couldn’t have gotten a better option for a parliamentary candidate.
He said faithfulness and honesty were the key ingredients of service and that was what their candidate boasts of.
By Julius Yao Petetsi