NPP condemns attack on Ekumfi MP

Monday 10th September, 2018

By Issac Arkoh, GNA

Cape Coast, Sept. 10, GNA - The Central Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned the attack on Mr Francis Ato Cudjoe, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ekumfi Constituency in the Central Region last Saturday.

Some irate youth at Ekumfi Eyisam accused the MP of allegedly failing to fulfil his campaign promises to them in the run-up to the election 2016 that included; the establishment of a Senior High School in the community and employment creation for the youth which enticed many people to vote for him.

According to the youth, he also failed woefully to initiate moves to address the issues.

The MP who doubles as the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture was in the community to grace their annual Akwambo Festival, but the youth who appeared angry accosted him for neglecting them after election.

Speaking in an interview with the media in Cape Coast on Monday, Mr Tekyi Mensah, the Regional Secretary of NPP described the act and similar others in recent past as the underhand dealings of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He called on the leadership of NDC in the Region to bring their thugs who were bent on impeding government's development efforts to order and noted that the law would ruthlessly deal with people found to have contravened the laws.

The party must also educate the youth to restrain themselves from committing any form of provocation that were likely to disrupt the peace and advised the youth to endeavour to eschew vandalism, machoism and intimidation and render their unalloyed support to the government to facilitate development in their localities.

He stated that regardless of the vile propaganda by the NDC to disrupt the government's development efforts, it remained resolute and determined to transcend accelerated socio-economic development across political, ethnic, religious and geographical borders.

According to him, no amount of intimidation and confrontations would stop the government and the MP from achieving its development agenda in the districts.

The President last year cut the sod for the construction of the first factory under the 'One District One Factory' (1D1F) industrialisation programme to create employment for the youth in the area to boost their incomes."

In all, the factory is expected to create over 4,000 direct jobs and expected to employ some 5,000 out growers engaged in the cultivation of pineapple to feed the factory.

Besides that, the government also introduced various social intervention programmes and innovative policies to ameliorate the plight of the Ghanaians and urged the youth to be appreciative of government’s efforts.

The interventions included; the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), expansion of the School Feeding Programme, the National Health Insurance Scheme among others.

He described the act as shameful and a drawback to Ghana's remarkable democratic gains that must be condemned by all well-meaning Ghanaians.