NCCE: Vote for competent politicians

 Ms Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson, NCCE

Ms Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson, NCCE

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has urged the electorate to vote for persons who are competent and lobby for development for their constituents.

It said there was the need for the citizenry to vote for competent Members of Parliament (MPs) and other politicians who can lobby for development aside law making.

Wading into the rift between the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Kingsley Ato Cudjoe and his constituents, Arthur Wilson, Ashanti Regional Director of NCCE, admitted parliamentarians were not agents of development but the competent ones lobby for development.

He however charged MPs to change their campaign strategy since they are fundamental lawmakers and could be seen as agents of development because they access common fund and other financial activities used for development.
Mr Codjoe had gone to the town to attend some festivities on the invitation of the chiefs.

According to the youth, the then candidate, Mr Codjoe promised to provide jobs and also make sure that Ekumfi Eyisam would get its own senior high school if he was voted into office but has since failed to honour his part of the bargain.

He was booed and nearly beaten by some angry youths of Ekumfi Eyisam in the Central Region last Saturday.

There have been varying arguments about the functions of parliamentarians with sections indicating they were key to development whereas others indicated they are just to make laws for the country.

Some contend that the lawmaker’s role is not to fix, build health clinics, construct schools and expand other infrastructural development in their constituencies but the stance appears in variance with the promises made by the lawmakers.

It would be recalled that the Deputy Minister who is also the lawmaker for Ekumfi Eyisam escaped the claws of angry youth over failed promises as they almost pounced on him at a public function. –

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