Somewhere last month the MP for Sissaala West District Mr. Patrick AlHassan Adamah made a huge donations of brand new motor bikes to the assembly members and the District Health Directorate. Many including my very self are those who appreciated his kind gesture but I later thought otherwise.
On the part of the assembly members, it was all with joy to have received those motor bikes knowing very well that, the very purpose for which the donation was made will soon be defeated due to their insensitivity, greed, selfishness and ineptitude when it comes to the plights of the people they serve and hence a misplaced priority on the part of the legislator. In my opinion many questions need answers from both our assembly members and MP.
At this critical times of deprivation on the part of many communities in the District, many well-meaning people would have thought of the MP channeling the little available resources to where they are most needed. Is the MP and the assembly members not aware of the harrowing ordeals of pregnant women trekking long distance to access health care? Are they not aware of the newly built health facility in Dassima since last year February gradually being turned into a ghost house whereas people walk long distance to access health care? Are they not aware of the newly built health facility between Kusali and kunkorgu that is yet to be manned by health personnel? Must someone come from Accra to solve the plight of school children in Kunni community studying under a makeshift structure and almost collapsing? Must someone tell us to equip the Gwollu hospital and salvage it from its current deplorable state, which my opinion can be equated to someone’s first aid box? Haven’t we seen or heard of people from Sissaala West District trekking to a community by Outuoli in neighboring Burkina-Faso for health care?
What plans do we have for the uncompleted classrooms blocks in Puzene not to mention that of the uncompleted teachers’ quarters in Buoti community? Shouldn’t we position the District to be attractive to teachers and nurse to accept postings?
Are we telling the whole world that, we take delight in seeing senior high school students trek to town in search of water and they paying for the water as well as paying for the transportation of the water to their school via the hiring of tricycle.
Is the MP not aware that, the District Education Office has no printing machine nor photocopy machine and thus has halted the tradition of conducting District wide mock examination for the final year students hitherto to improve and better prepare students for the B.E.C.E exams? Are we not aware of lack of fuel for our circuit supervisor to go out for supervision?
Couldn’t the assemble member for Dassima had appealed for personnel and equipment to furnish their health facility instead of taking the motor bike? Couldn’t the assembly member for Kunni asked for even a tricycle as an ambulance to help carry sick and pregnant women to avoid deaths. Couldn’t the assembly member for Kunni had rather asked for just two class room block for this community to avoid future disaster on the children? And again couldn’t the assembly member for Gwollu had tabled in an appeal for a reliable source of drinking water for the Hilla Limann Senior high school and avert the situation of students wasting their precious time in search of water, incurring cost on water and rather concentrate on their books?
Ghana is in its current stagnation due to the attitude of you and me. Our sickness stings to high heavens in our daily routines. We can’t sacrifice luxury just to put smile on the faces of the very people we claim to represent. We simply cannot learn to love others but always me, me and me only.
We entice these vulnerable with nice and cajoling propaganda and when we get the nod to represent the people, we tend to fulfill our parochial interest at the expense of the populace. Couldn’t any of the assembly member have alerted the MP about more pressing issues that need to be addressed?
I table in my candid opinion without malice but seek to bring duty bearers to the ill happenings in our District. We can change and together we find sustainable solutions to our problems. We need no external researcher to point at our problems but ourselves.
By Ayamga Bawa Fatawu