Shai Osudoku NDC To Renew MP’s Mandate Over Hard Work
Delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Shai Osudoku Constituency, in the Greater Accra Region, are poised to renew the third term mandate of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Madam Linda Obenewa Akweley Ocloo, for her hard work and support for the electorate.
The MP, who is currently serving her second term after the unfortunate demise of her husband, has launched her campaign to seek re-election as the 2024 parliamentary candidate of the party.
Described as affable and easily accessible, Madam Linda Ocloo is facing stiff competition from her predecessor, David Tetteh Assumeng, who served as MP from 2005 to January 2017. Also, in the race is Dr.Michael Kpessah White,a senior university lecturer and former executive director of National Service Scheme (NSS),who fiercely contested but lost in previous primaries.
Madam Linda Ocloo is hailed by the minority leadership as one of the few distinguished female lawmakers in the 8th Parliament of Ghana. She is confident that, her third term bid is fortified on strength of her achievements, even though in opposition.
Launching her campaign, after a successful vetting in Accra, amid singing and drumming by hundreds of enthusiastic supporters, she told her constituents, “the account of my stewardship is highly evident before you and many of the things we planned, by the grace of God, have seen the light of the day.”
Detailing her achievements in health, education and rural development, the lawmaker said, “We provided classroom infrastructure to many schools and lobbied for the construction of a health facility at Odumse, as well as supported the Agortor Clinic Project.
“Today, we have connected many communities to the national grid more than never before under the rural electrification project.”
Hundreds of tertiary students, she said,continue to benefit from the MP’s academic year fee-paying interventions.
She further touched on water and sanitation, in accordance with the SDGs, saying,”We have extended water facilities to communities. Few days ago, I lobbied an NGO to sink boreholes in communities without access to the services of the Ghana Water Company Limited. I also lobbied for many Water Closet facilities to communities in the constituency.”
“We have recently commissioned the Djabletey Water Closet Toilet facility. Fellow Party Members, these are key aspects of our success,” she added.
She indicated that, “We have to lobby, and ensure that it’s done, for the construction of toilet facilities at Wedokum, Salem, Doryumu, Asutsuare Junction and Apperkon. I have already commenced discussions for the possible start of the Salem Water Closet Project under the Health Fund.”
“Last year, I worked very hard on the Sota and Asebi Water projects. Unfortunately, the discussions were unsuccessful because of the financial outlay that was required. This year, by the grace of God, we will resume the negotiations and ensure that we achieved the best for communities along that stretch,” she pointed out.
In terms of job creation and opportunities, the MP noted that, “in recent recruitment into the security services, I worked extensively to lobby for the intake of many of our members. As we speak now, many people have gone into the Prisons, Police, Military and Immigration Services.”
The MP acknowledged many challenges in the constituency, but says she will continue to use her share of the common fund to address them as she impresses on central government to take up capital intensive projects, such as reconstruction of deplorable roads in the constituency.
“I have raised the poor state of our roads on the floor of Parliament. The Minister for Roads assured me of government’s efforts to work on the roads. Doryumu Junction – Ayikuma has been awarded, likewise, Agortor – Osuwem road also awarded.”
“The Asutsuare – Aveyime road is part of the Eastern Corridor Roads earmarked for implementation,” she stated.
She said, “Permit me to thank Golden Exotics Limited for completing the first phase of the spot improvement. In due course, I shall join Golden Exotics Limited for a unique partnership with the necessary support that is required to finish the other phases.
“I am also mindful that, Ningokope, Lorlorvor, Fevlokope, Dedenya and Fiakonya are in serious need of water facilities. We shall deliver on these.
“We are also working very hard to complete some of the rural electrification projects. As we speak now, the contractor is aggressively working at Narhkope in Natriku. We will complete the Gozakope, Nyapienya, Dedenya, and ManyaJorpanya projects, which are all similar to the Natriku project. I am aware of the developing areas which require extension of electricity.”
According to her, “The Osuwem and specially the Adaam areas require more attention for the extension of electricity. These are efforts we have worked on before and can work on again.”
On economic empowerment, Linda Akweley Ocloo said “we are also mindful of the promise we made to the people of Doryumu. We will reconstruct the Doryumu Market to uplift it into the modern and appreciable peri-urban market status.
“We will complete the Abuviekpong Classroom Block Project, including the construction of the Teacher’s Bungalow at Huapa. We are also working hard to lobby the District Assembly to work on the Tokpo CHPS Compound.”
The MP mentioned that,she provided a befitting constituency office for the party to facilitate its administrative activities.
Madam Linda Ocloo, who succeeded her late husband as the candidate in 2016, charged members of the party and delegates to continue to have confidence in her, hoping that under the next John Dramani Mahama-led NDC government,a lot more developmental projects will be executed in the constituency.
The Shai Osudoku constituency is a stronghold of the NDC. In the 2020 parliamentary election, Linda AkweleyOcloo polled 32,517 votes representing 67.16, while the NPP candidate, Benjamin Nargeh, had 15,900.
In the presidential election, John Dramani Mahama secured 34,555(72.14%) against Nana Addo 12,920(26.97%).