C COAST: NCCE organizes Parliamentary debate for Oguaa South
The Cape Coast office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) on Friday organized a debate for Parliamentary aspirants in the Cape Coast South constituency to enable them inform the electorate about their visions and aspirations.
The well attended debate had Mr. Kweku Rickets-Hagan of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Bright Edem Droefenu of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and Mr Ato Adu Nyanor of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) answering questions on education, unemployment, corruption and health.
Alfred Kojo Thompson of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was however absent
Dr. Mrs Sena Kpleplo, a lecture at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and Mr. Kwabena Antwi-Konadu, the Manager of ATL FM station in UCC moderated the debate of which the aspirants gave their answers in Fanti (local dialect) to enable all to feel part of the debate.
On Education, Mr. Rickets-Hagan said when given the nod he would ensure that teacher trainees are given quality education who would in turn give quality education to the students which would go a long way to improve upon their performance in Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results
On corruption he said he would lead an exemplary life and would make sure that those who embezzle Government funds are punished accordingly stressing that no one is above the law.
Mr Hagan said to boost the agricultural sector, he would put in place infrastructure that would help mechanize farming in the country to make it more attractive to the youth, adding that he would institute a loans scheme for the fisher folks so that they could invest more in their fishing activities .
On health, he said he would put in place measures that would help reduce HIV/AIDS cases and that he would ensure that the treatment for the disease is included in the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS) and that he would also ensure that condoms were made available and affordable to all especially the youth.
Mr Hagan further said he would use health workers and psychologists to intensify public education on the need for those already infected with the disease to take care of themselves so they do not infect others.
On Unemployment Mr. Rickets-Hagan said plan were far advanced to address the situation and that the NDC party in the region has already acquired a piece of land which would be used as a poultry farm of which some unemployed youth would be engaged to manage the farm.
For his part on education Mr. Droefenu said he would promote the use of community libraries and that students would be provided with the requisite books to enhance teaching and learning adding that students who perform well at the SHS would be encourage to go to the teacher training college so that enough trained teachers would be produced to manage schools in the constituency .
On agriculture, he said when given the nod he would provide facilities and farm implements to make farming easier for farmers and that he would also give farm implements on credit to those who would not to be able to buy them out-front.
On corruption, he said he would make sure that contractors did not pay any percentage of money to any one before they are awarded contracts and that he would also get involved and closely monitor their work to ensure that jobs were completed on schedule whilst avoiding shoddy works.
Touching on health he pointed out that he would ensure that public education on HIV/AIDS is extended to homes, communities and schools and that the treatment of the disease would be included in the NHIS.
On the reduction of unemployment Mr. Droefenu said, he would set up labour desk and register those in need of jobs and fix those with the requisite qualification into the appropriate companies, and give soft loans to those who have a vocation but do not have the capital to set up their own businesses.
He said those who did not have any vocation at all, he would be place them in individual homes to do jobs like gardening, cooking and babysitting for a fee, this he noted would provide them with an income.
The CPP Parliamentary aspirant, Mr. Nyanor of the CPP said education would be his priority and that he would employ committed and dedicated teachers who he would motivate to give of their best.
On agriculture, he said he would give incentives to farmers which he noted would also encourage the youth to take up farming as a vocation and that fishers would also be provided with equipment to enhance their fishing activities.
He said his vision for the health is to ensure that electricity is provided at hospitals and health centres that did not have lights to enhance health care delivery and that he would also make sure that the treatment for HIV/AIDS is included in the NHIS.
To reduce the level of unemployment, Mr. Nyanor said he would encourage the youth to start their own businesses such as fruit processing since the region has a lot of citrus which could be processed into juice.
At the end of the debate all the three candidates advised the people to restrain from any form of violence in the coming December 7 election so that the elections would be free, fair and violence-free and that they should see themselves as just political opponents and not enemies