The Ga West Municipal office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has organised a debate for the parliamentary candidates in the Amasaman constituency.
It was to create a platform for the candidates to interact with the constituents, who would also solicit commitments from the candidates on the area’s development.
The forum also enabled two of the three aspiring candidates to debate on issues affecting the people and how they would address those challenges if elected into Parliament.
The candidates were the incumbent, Mr. Emmanuel Nii Okai Laryea, of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and Mr. Clement Nii Lantey Wilkinson of
the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
They debated on various issues including education, health, agriculture, energy, disability rights and other concerns of the constituents.
Mr. Robert D. Anas Okoe, the Municipal Director of NCCE, said the stakes were high for the upcoming elections, and “it is an opportunity for the candidates to sell themselves to the people.”
He said the debate was also to help the people form an opinion on the candidates and vote based on issues, not on sentiments, emotions and personal affiliations.
Speaking on the the various topics, the incumbent, Mr. Laryea said the NDC, through the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) and the help of the Ministry of Education, had constructed two, three and four-unit classroom blocks for some basic schools in the constituency.
He said government would increase access to health through the building of hospitals, clinics, Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds and the provision of an ambulance to the Municipal Health Directorate.
On agriculture, he said district extension officers would be equipped with the necessary equipment and training to help farmers to produce on large quantities.
Mr. Wilkinson said, when voted into power, he would see to the provision of furniture for some schools, and ensure the free education policy of the NPP would be implemented in the constituency.
He said an NPP government would build a hospital, polyclinics, CHPS compounds stocked with enough equipment to provide quality healthcare.
“I will ensure that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards are used effectively, and also have a special card for the people to access quick health care”, he stated.
For agriculture, Mr. Wilkinson said he would promote grass-cutter and tilapia farming while ensuring that there was a factory for the district.
Both candidates pledged to ensure violent-free elections, and advised their candidates to eschew acts that would promote violence in the constituency.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu