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Tolon MP, DCE in Hot Exchanges

2007-09-03 20:31:22
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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Tolon Constituency, Hon Umar Abdul-Razaq has attributed the sluggish pace of socio-economic development in the country especially the three Northern Regions to lack of coordination and dexterity between District Chief Executives (DCEs) and the sitting MPs.

This protracted problem that has impeded the growth of this country, according to Hon Abdul-Razaq was very extensive especially in areas where the sitting MPs did not belong to the ruling party.

Speaking in an interview with Sammy Ell, Morning Show Host of Fiila FM, a Tamale-based radio station, the Tolon MP who cited his area as example accused the DCE for Tolon-Kumbungu District, Hon Wahab Suyihini Wumbei of doing everything possible to sabotage his efforts at promoting development in his Constituency.

He accentuated that the DCE had unjustifiably failed to recognize him as his MP and partner in development of the people which he said was an attempt to discredit him and his party, NDC.

Hon Abdul-Razaq explained with extreme worry that the DCE had also succeeded in taking undue personal credit on every developmental project executed by the Assembly through the District Assembly Common Fund, because of the “ignorance” of the people in the area.

“The Tolon-Kumbungu District has allocated over two billion cedis annually for developmental needs of the area while MPs common fund stands at about eighty million cedis. It is therefore totally objectionable for my DCE to try to portray that I am not performing.

“He must be honest to himself, the government and the people he is serving and give credit where it is due and not to himself. For example, how can you build a school or a clinic for a community and tell them you have brought it to them and that if they want they should talk to their so-called MP to do same for them. Meanwhile, MPs Common Fund is just about 5% of the total Assembly Common Fund, so how can you make such wicked comments if you are not interested in sabotaging me?” he asked.

He accused the DCE of failing to invite him to Assembly meetings to discuss development and issues affecting the area, “simply because he wants to maybe corner the kickbacks”.

The MP disclosed that Hon Wahab Wumbei had extensively extended the hatred he had for him to all members of the NDC especially the youth who had expressed their desire to get employed under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).

According to him, the NYEP programme had been purely politicized especially the Youth in the Agriculture Module. “There was a time when those under the Agric Module were supposed to receive fertilizers and other farm inputs under the NYEP, but the DCE allowed the few youth from the NPP to take delivery of those inputs and told those from the NDC to talk to their MP to buy some for them and truly he refused to give them”.

Describing the attitude of Hon Wahab Wumbei as unacceptable, the MP indicated that some smuggled cloths that were allegedly seized and were supposed to be distributed to teachers and nurses in the District were taken from CEPS and distributed them to some NPP Constituency Executives and Polling Station Agents.

Hon Abdul-Razaq however said development could thrive swiftly in the area only when dirty politics and personal sentiments were disallowed to take centre stage in the running of the affairs of the Tolon-Kumbungu district.

He therefore called on the DCE to eschew his political sentiments and pride and provide a platform that would unify them and the people for accelerated development.

The MP who also called on the DCE to offer special attention to the plight of women in the area disclosed that he was personally making contact with some financial institutions and NGOs to come to the aid of the poor in the area.

Responding to this assertion by the MP, the Tolon-Kumbungu DCE, Hon Wahab Suyihini Wumbei admitted the rivalry between him and the MP but also accused him of under performing.

He denied not extending invitations to the MP to partake in Assembly meetings and blamed Hon Abdul-Razaq for turning down the invitations.

The DCE however outlined some of the developmental projects he had executed including schools, health centers, electricity and roads amongst others but denied attributing them to himself.

source: Chronicle

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