THE National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in collaboration with Friends of the Nation and Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) have organised debate for aspiring members of Parliament in the Effia constituency of the Western Region.
The debate was to enable the aspirants unveil their plans and policies for the Effia constituency and also provide platform to maintain peace. Only the NDC candidate appeared on the programme.
The NDC parliamentary aspirant, Mr. Moses Otoo, in his contribution promised to improve the livelihood opportunities along the coastal communities beginning with the construction of a sea defence.
He said fishermen will also be trained to enable them acquire knowledge on safety and other practices to protect the sea to help boost the fishing industry.
Mr. Otoo further stated that the 10% of the oil revenue for the Western Region is too small looking at the infrastructural growth and development.
To this end, he believes the region deserves more than the 10% because it has lots of projects to undertake, and not only that but was also creating a standard limit for the government to increase the 10%.
He promised to protect the right of children and women in the society.
“The right of children and women must not be taken for granted. Children, especially girls, have the right to education but sometimes their rights are abused taking our society into consideration. It does not allow girls and women to have equal opportunities and this really goes against their fundamental human rights.”
The NDC candidate further promised to give loans to women to establish and expand their businesses. They will also be educated on how to manage their finances to help them grow their businesses.
Programmes Manager of FON, Mr. Kojo Kyei Yamoah, said the debate was to promote issue-based campaign as part of development priorities of FON which, according to him, would help the aspirants sell their messages to the electorate.
“Most importantly, the debate is to promote peace and encourage law abiding citizens and to address developmental priorities of the constituency” he stressed. He disclosed that although invitation was thrown to all the aspirants some could not make due to personal reasons.
A consultant of Golden Project for CDD-Ghana, Mr. Mohammed Naziru, in an interview agreed that though there were initial challenges the programme was able to achieve its desired results. CDD has already organised similar programmes along the coastal areas of Shama, Agona and Ellembelle.
Source: Ghana/todaygh.com/Simon Ahensah