NDC Gender Committee Tours Essikado, Shama Areas; Assures Residents ‘Change Is Coming’

The Gender, Children, and Social Protection Committee of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged residents of Essikado-Ketan and Shama constituencies in the Western Region, not to lose hope, despite the current economic hardship, as the NDC understands their struggles and will soon come to their rescue, if the party wins the December 7, elections.

The Committee, led by its Chairperson, Nana Oye Bampoe Addo, which has been touring the country and holding engagements with informal sector workers and persons with disabilities to, include their inputs into the party’s manifesto, told the residents there is a brighter future for them under the next NDC government.

She conveyed the commitment of the part’s flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama and running mate, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang’s campaign message, which is to include the concerns of every member of the society in the manifesto.

“John Mahama wants you to know that he hears your cries and sees the destruction caused by the current administration. He is ready to return and fix it. We know you are suffering, [but] change is coming” Nana Oye, assured the informal sector workers, while speaking in Fante.

The Committee, told gathering that the next NDC government, will respond and resolve all the challenges confronting the informal sector workers.

In collaboration with the NDC Women’s Wing and Parliamentary Candidate for Essikado-Ketan, Dr Professior Grace Ayensu, the Committee, visited several communities within the two constituencies.

The tour, which took place on Saturday, June 22, 2024, aimed to incorporate the issues of these groups into the NDC’s 2024 manifesto and policy document.

The well-attended tour, began in Essikado, where Committee members met with various associations of informal sector workers, including hairdressers, barbers, seamstresses, market women, traders, and artisans.

Dr Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, a member of the Committee, urged the workers to vote for John Mahama and the parliamentary candidate, Dr Ayensu in the upcoming general elections slated for December 7.

He explained the NDC’s free primary healthcare and 24-hour economy policy to the people, assuring them that the policy is doable.

The team also visited Ngyresia Beach in Essikado, where fishmongers welcomed the entourage with drumming and dancing.

The Committee, later proceeded to the Sekondi School for the Deaf in Shama, accompanied by the Parliamentary Candidate, Emelia Arthur.

Here, students and school authorities, discussed their challenges and how the NDC’s 2024 manifesto could address them.

Nana Oye Bampoe Addo, who is also the secretary of the NDC’s 2024 Manifesto Committee, promised that the issues raised by the school, would be significantly featured in the party’s policy document.

The team, also presented some food items to the school.

The final stop, was at the Church of Christ in Shama, where hundreds of persons living with disabilities, voiced their concerns on policy issues.

In the lead-up to the 2024 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, the NDC’s Gender, Children, and Social Protection Committee, plans to hold similar engagements with various stakeholders across the country.

These stakeholders, include Civil Society Organizations, market women, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), the media, and youth groups, as the party discusses its proposed policies and programs ahead of the upcoming elections.


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