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The Member of Parliament (MP) for Atiwa East in the Eastern Region, Abena Osei-Asare, who also doubles as a Deputy Minister of Finance, appears to do it double, as besides her tight schedule she finds time for her constituents by visiting them regularly to assess their needs and demands to meet them (needs) accordingly.
In this regard, the MP, together with the District Chief Executive for the area, Kwabene Panin Nkansah, and officials from the District Assembly have toured 25 such communities and the adjourning towns since June this year.
According to Osei-Asare, the visits have paid off effectively as the responses have not only been massive but also very overwhelming. “This makes them (constituents) feel very special as being part and parcel of governance. This is because, you go to them and you don’t talk, but you ask them about their needs and they tell you, because they put you there,” she told newsmen.
According to her, the tour that takes place every second week and the last week of every month, started from Ankaasie on June 16 2018, through Asamang Tamfoe and Tiawia and many more.
She pointed out that the tour enabled them to identify the real needs of the people and that made them intervene with the provision of goods basic needs and services of the people with rapid response as the case demanded. Some of these basic needs, she noted, were CHIP Compounds, Spraying machines, Agro-chemicals, transformers and extension of electricity from within.
Hon. Osei-Asare stated that at Sekyere, where there is a toll both, the place used to be very dark at night and caused lots of inconveniences. She hinted that quickly. She wrote to the Ministry of Energy and the problems has since been solved.
Also at Ankaase, which is on the high way, crossing of the road from one end to another was a problem for the residents. She said that having noticed this, she wrote to Highways and they have responded swiftly to provide them with speed rumps.
New Jejeti Clinic
The MP stated that the New Jejeti Community Clinic has been bedeviled with perennial flooding since 2011 with the massive destruction of drugs and properly running into millions of Ghana cedis anytime the flooding occurs.
To avert this problem, she stated that together with her DCE and Assembly officials, they approached the chiefs and elders of the town for a new land to relocate the clinic.
Fortunately, the elders received their proposal with joy and a large track of land far away from the flood-prone area has been given them at Old Jejeti for relocation of the clinic. She hinted that the road leading to this site is tarred and therefore moving to the place won’t be a problem.
According to her, sod had been cut for the commencement of the project and that it will be handed over to the community in a year from now. She stated that the contract sum of between GH¢300.000 and GH¢350.000 was estimated for the project.
On his part Kwabena Panin Nkansah, District Chief Executive (DCE), the MP had done exceptionally well for both the Assembly, the district and the people. He indicated that when she was informed of the flooding of the Clinic, and the destruction of drugs and materials, she quickly mobilized and goat sponsorship of Gh¢10,000 for the purchase of the spoilt drugs. The Assembly, he stated, also bought eight mattresses for four affected nurses and four wards. Also the Assembly bought 500 pieces of folders to replace the spoilt ones. While expressing his gratitude to the MP, he revealed that it was the uttermost aim of the MP and Assembly to move the constituency forward in terms of development.
According to the District Health Office, Eric Atuahene, his outfit was concerned with the health needs of the people in accordance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) policy of sustainable good health for the people to enhance development. According to him, each time the issue of flooding of the health facility was reported to them, they would forward it to government for assistance.
However, the MP intervention had not only come handly, but also appropriate and timely describing it as exceptional. He commended her greatly for her efforts.
The Krontihene of the town Nana Kwadwo Odame, on behalf of the chief and people also expressed their profound gratitude to the MP for her rapid response to their plight. However, like Oliver Twist, he pleaded with the MP to come to their aid in other matters as well.
The construction firm C and A construction works undertaking the projects, has Nana Prempeh Okoyeabour as Managing Director. The MP was full of praises for him for work so far done. According to him, work on the project will be completed in one year. This is because the funds are available and having taking into consideration inflationary situations he tends to complete the work within the stipulated time since inflation often eats into such extended project. He pointed out that the project comprises and OPD, a Pharmacy, Consulting Rooms, Injection Rooms, Male and Female wards with toilet facilities, a Theatre, Exit doors and windows as well as Lobby also with toilet facilities.
The Minister – MP pointed out that the Hospital had helped greatly in reducing the member of referrals to the Koforidua Government Hospital. This meant that doctors at the hospital were qualified. Sadly enough, they lacked such basic things as accommodation. To this end herself, the DCE and their officials had agreed to provide flats for Doctors there, with the sod having been cut for the projects to start about two months ago.
One Community One Spraying Machine
Hon. Osei-Asare also noted that the constituency, which is predominantly a cocoa producing one, lacks spraying machines as well as Agro-chemicals for the mass spraying exercise. As such, she presented each community she visited with one spraying machine for the mass spraying exercise. Also the needed Agro-chemicals were provided to enhance faming activities.
School Feeding Programme
The MP noted that the matrons that supplied schools with food in this programme needed little assistances such as bows, cooking utensils and seed money to facilitate their worth. As such, she and her officials gave each matron GH¢1,000, 200 bowls and some cooking utensils to enable them speed up and sustain their work, stressing that some of these demands were so minimal that they needed rapid response, which they did. The MP has also increased the number of school feeding programmes in various schools with the assurance that enough materials would be supplied matrons to enable them sustain their work. This in turn will sustain children’s interest in school.
Touching on the batch of students waiting for their turn in this Double Track Programme, she indicated that in order not to let them rust during their waiting period, she has engaged some university students in the area who have agreed to give tuition to these students in English and Mathematics, with the programme having taken off at Anyinam and Mosiaso.
District COCOBOD Office
To encourage cocoa farmers in the constituency, the MP and her entourage also informed the people of New Jejeti that all had been done to have the District COCOBOD Office established there. She expressed here gratitude to the elders for readily accepting to provide an office for the Board. This, she indicated was a two-story apartment and that the office would be opened any moment soon.
While describing the MPs efforts as exceptional, the chiefs, elders and the people could not hide their appreciation for her. According to them, this was the first time that an MP and for that matter a minister of state has been so down to earth with them in their demands and needs as well as interactions.
However, Osei-Asare sees it differently, arguing that “since they put you there, it was high time you reached out to them to assess their needs and endeavor to meet them, if even half way”. She was however quick to point out that such appreciation goaled them on to do more.
Among the communities visited were, Ankaase, Tiawia-Subrisu, Asaman-Tamfoe, Tiawia, Ehiawoaenwu, Moseaso, Mampong, Kadensa and Enyeresi. Others were, Awurensua Kwakwaduam, Sekyere, Akutauase, Osorase Krobom, Asaswase, Ahenkrasu, Anosoase, Tremponse/Vanderpiye, Accra village and Wanapa.
Source: Prince Joe Boadi and S.O Ankamah