By Samuel Duodu, Acherensua.
THE incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Asutifi South, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has urged his constituents to vote massively for him in the December 7 polls to continue to serve them in humility.
He has also pledged that when retained as the MP for the Asutifi South Constituency he would continue to fight for more developmental projects for the area as he had done for the past four years in parliament.
Alhaji Dauda who has been retained as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the December 7 election said this when he addressed thousands of his supporters at a rally at Acherensua in the Asutifi District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
According to him, MPs do initiate projects, but the overall development of the towns and villages in the constituency was the responsibility of the district Assembly and the central government.
He stated further that MPs only received about one per cent of the District Assembly’s Common Fund (DACF) sent to the district assemblies for development projects and, therefore, there was not much that an MP could do with their shared, to provide development projects for all communities in his constituency.
Alhaji Dauda therefore urged his constituents to ignore the impressions being created by his opponents that the total development of the constituency was the responsibility of the MP of the area and as such he had not done much in terms of the overall development of the constituency.
He explained that MP’s share of the Common Fund could not be used to meet all the development needs of all the towns and villages in the constituency but he could lobby for development projects and initiate some in a few communities in the constituency.
The incumbent MP for Asutifi South, therefore, urged the electorate to vote massively for him and the party’s presidential candidate, Prof John Evans Atta-Mills, to execute its human-centered policies to alleviate the current economic hardships they found themselves in as a result of the bad policies and programmes that had been pursued by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by President Kufuor.
Alhaji Dauda stated that poles for the electrification and the street lighting project in some of the towns in the constituency including Nkasiem was provided by him. He had also initiated and completed other development projects to bring relief to the people.
He called on the people to rather demand more development projects from the assemblies and the NPP government which had failed to live up to such expectations.
Alhaji Dauda, therefore, dared the Asutifi District Assembly and come out clearly to tell the people how it had utilised the DACF and other internally generated funds, to provide development in the constituency leading to an improvement in the standard of living of the people.