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The Polling station executives for the Busunu polling station in the Damongo constituency of the Savannah region led by the polling station secretary, Mr John Ndoudu Adoshie, said the member of parliament for Damongo and Minister for Lands and Natural Resources never donated or offered rice to any NPP youth or youth group in Busunu or anywhere in the constituency. Mr. John Adoshie stated this at a press conference organized on Thursday 29th July, 2021, at Busunu following an accident that happened on the 18th July, 2021, when some youth of Busunu in the Damongo constituency rejected rice delivered to the community by the member of parliament for Damongo, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor.
Mr John further explained that, it is customary and out of generosity that the Hon. MP made such donations to the Chiefs, Queen mothers, Elders and Imams of the various communities across the constituency for the feast of Eid Al Adha and that it is a custom that is practiced and well established across Ghana.
Mr. John stressed that, this was not the first items to have come from the MP and that it was therefore strange that a group of persons who are not the beneficiaries of the said donation rejected it.
The contributions of the lawmaker towards the development of the constituency and it’s impact is huge and felt across the constituency.The youth of Damongo have benefited from several employment opportunities and Busunu had it’s fair share of such opportunities into the public services and private sector and his continuous support in assisting other to set up their own enterprises can not be underestimated.
On developmental projects, Mr John stated that Hon. Jinapor has over the years undertaken several physical projects including educational infrastructure and the provision of motorbikes to volunteer teachers with monthly allowances, drilling of boreholes and also facilitating the construction of a multi-purpose shea processing factory in Busunu.
He further stated Hon. Jinapor has over the years ploughed for various farming communities to boost their yield accompanied with the provision of fertilizers and pesticides to several farmers in the area.
Read the press below.
PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY EXECUTIVES OF BUSUNU POLLING STATION, DAMONGO CONSTITUENCY, ADDRESSED BY THE
POLLING STATION SECRETARY, JOHN NDODU DOSHIE
ON 28TH JULY, 2021
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,
We called you to today’s Press Conference to address an incident that featured on social media about a week ago, alleging that the youth in this Community, Busunu, rejected rice delivered to them by our hardworking Member of Parliament, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor.
As you are aware, in the heat of the allegations, the Constituency Chairman issued a short Statement, debunking these claims. Besides this terse statement, we have held our peace, for matters to settle, so that we can set the records straight on matters pertaining to the said video.
We also take note of the fact that the people who were said to have rejected the rice, have since apologised to the Hon. MP and the chiefs and elders of the Busunu Community.
Friends from the Media, the fact is that our Honourable MP, never donated or offered rice to any youth or youth group in Busunu, or anywhere in the Constituency.
As it is customary, on the celebration of the festival of sacrifice and generosity, the feast of Eid al Adha, the Honourable MP made donations to the chiefs, queenmothers, elders and Imams of the various communities in the Constituency, Busunu inclusive. This custom is practiced across the country and it is well established in Ghana.
This is not the first time the Hon. MP has made such donations. It is an annual ritual Hon. Jinapor has been performing long before he became the Member of Parliament of this Constituency. This year’s donation was therefore not new. It is, therefore, strange that a group of people, who are not the beneficiaries of the said donation, or anywhere linked to it, will claim to have rejected same.
Persons who were not recipients cannot, therefore, reject such items.
Hon. Abu Jinapor has, since becoming the Member of Parliament for this Constituency, and even before, been working very hard to ensure the development of the Constituency and constituents.
His contribution to the development of Damongo and its impact is huge and felt across the Constituency. But you will all appreciate, that unemployment generally, and youth unemployment in particular, is an age-old problem in our country and indeed, Africa as a whole.
Since assumption of office, the Government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been working seriously to deal with this age-old problem.
This has seen several people recruited into the public services of our country and the private sector, others have been assisted to set up their own enterprises. These recruitments have been fair, transparent and based on merit.
The people and youth of Damongo have benefitted from these employment opportunities. Busunu had its fair share of such employment opportunities and there is evidence to support this claim.
Hon. Jinapor has, over the years, undertaken several physical developmental projects, including educational infrastructure, boreholes, and indeed, facilitated the construction of a multi-purpose shea processing factory in Busunu. He has plans to facilitate even more infrastructure in the Constituency and plans are actually far advanced to establish an SHS in Busunu. The construction of these infrastructure brings direct and indirect jobs in the communities.
Apart from these physical infrastructure, Hon. Jinapor, in his bid to support education in the Constituency, has from his own resources, provided motor bikes to volunteer teachers in the Constituency and gives them monthly allowance to motivate them in their work. Most of these schools have no teachers from GES, and have to rely on these volunteers to ensure that children in these communities are not deprived of their fundamental right to education.
Apart from the teachers, he has given hundred (100) bicycles to students around the Busunu community, who, hitherto, were walking miles to access education in Busunu, and he provides free transportation and other facilities for students in the community to travel to Damongo to write their BECE exams.
He also provides direct financial support to over hundred students in the Constituency in various tertiary institutions, for the payment of their fees.
All these interventions, our Member of Parliament undertook and continues to execute way before his election as the Member of Parliament of this Constituency.
In agriculture, Hon. Abu Jinapor continues to provide fertilizers and pesticides to several farmers in the Constituency, including farmers in our electoral area. Every farming season, for the past five years, our MP, through his Damongo Constituency Farmers Empowerment Programme (DCFEP), engages the services of tractors, to plough for the various farming communities to boost their yield. For instance, this year, five (5) tractors were deployed in several communities across the Constituency, and in the case of Busunu, for a month, these tractors ploughed the farms of various farmers.
In healthcare, Hon. Abu Jinapor has donated an ambulance to the Busunu Health Centre to facilitate healthcare delivery in the Community.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the contributions of the Hon. MP to the Constituency in general, and Busunu in particular, are uncountable. All these have been done, despite the fact that he is yet to receive any share of the MP’s Common Fund since becoming the Member of Parliament. His works, in fact, goes beyond the Constituency.
Ghanaians will attest to his tireless work since he was given the privilege to serve as a Cabinet Minister in President Akufo-Addo’s Government.
Friends from the media, while we acknowledge the right of any person to express his views and concerns, whether based on facts or not, the resort to violence and rowdy conduct to vent such concerns cannot be encouraged.
Hon. Jinapor has, for the first time, built an Office for the Member of Parliament for this Constituency, where any constituent who has an issue can present them easily. The use of force and violence is not an option.
As stated earlier, we acknowledge the apology of the section of the youth of Busunu who were involved in this conduct, but it is important to give you and the whole country the true facts so that you can judge for yourselves whether our MP is delivering on his mandate or not. Our MP is one of the hard working legislators in the country and his constituents continue to appreciate him for that.
The issue of youth unemployment, is systemic, and cannot be solved in a day. But with what we have seen since 2017, we are confident that the Akufo-Addo Government, and Hon. Abu Jinapor will work to create the hundreds and thousands of jobs required to solve this age old problem. We wish to conclude by stating that people of Damogo Constituency and Busunu continue to have absolute trust and faith in their Member of Parliament who will clinch another decisive victory come 2024.
Adoshi John Ndoudu
Polling Station Secretary.
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