Aspiring assembly member outline plan
An aspiring assembly member for the Aful-Nkwata Electoral Area in the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Otuo Acheampong Daniel aka O.T has urged his community members to build their capacities and confidence to enable them participate in the development of their communities.
Mr Otuo Acheampong, who is contesting for the first time in the district assembly election launching his campaign, said he is optimistic that he would win the election to support efforts by city authorities to develop the area.
According to him, before contesting as an assembly member, he has lobbied for street lights for his area to ensure the safety of residents since the area becomes dangerous at night.
Support for women
Mr Otuo Acheampong mentioned financial constraints and traditional beliefs as factors that hindered women’s participation in decision making at the district and national levels.
Touching on traditional beliefs, he explained that some customs prevented women especially widows from assuming leadership roles and contributing to national development, and suggested that, “Much as it is still important to hold on to our traditional values, traditional leaders and authorities should intensify efforts to modernise some of these customs, to involve women to participate in development. In view of this, he has created widowhood funds to support women who has lost their husbands.
“Some women desire and have the ability to be leaders. However, due to lack of finance and support from society, they are discouraged to take that initiative,” he said, and therefore called on organisations and individuals to support women who decided to be part of governance and the leadership process.
While urging women to be transparent and dedicated when given the mandate of leadership, he advised them to serve their members since that was a sign of good leadership.
He said his achievements as citizen provided enough evidence for his community members to vote him as an assembly member for the area in the upcoming elections.
The election for the area is a close contest between him and the incumbent, Lawrence Adu.
Mr Otuo Acheampong said he would continue to work to harness the potentials of the people in order to improve their living standards.
Projects and programmes
He mentioned that he has distributed more than 2,000 exercise books and mathematical sets to students in the area and also organised women in her area into groups to access loans from to start their own business while more than 100 youth in the area have been send to trained in shoe making and other technical training.
She mentioned that the area had sanitation problems and, therefore, lobbied for the provision of refuse containers to be placed at vantage points to improve sanitation. He has once again promised to make sure that every household gets toilet to minimize poor sanitation.
He indicated that he had organised free health screening for the aged in the area and helped them acquired National health insurance card.
Source: Akwadaa Nyame