Simon Gibson Achavusum Anuegabey, the independent candidate fighting for a seat in the Bils North district in the Upper East area, stressed the need for traders in the Sandema market to do so in hygienic conditions.
He explained how he could improve the health of people in the north of Beals if he was mandated by an MP through the debate programme: When I look at the market where our women sell, we don’t have clean water and that makes my heart bleed.
The debate organised on this subject: The role of parliament, local government and participatory governance in community development, as done by the Commission for Justice and Peace in cooperation with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCEC).
The programme was supported by the European Union and the German non-governmental organisation Conrad Adenuer Stiffing and was accompanied by candidates from the National People’s Congress (NAC) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
James Maurice Abakisi, candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), did not participate in the programme.
The independent candidate, who is an educator by profession, noted that traffickers, especially the women on the market, were fighting for water to drink and for other reasons, he said: If possible I will dig a well on the market to make sure the market traders have water to drink.
He said that not only would Sandema’s main market benefit from drilling a well, but that the well would be extended to all five markets in the province, adding that in addition to the plan to provide the traders with drinking water, he would also work to ensure that the market had decent toilets.
Mr Anuegabey expressed concern at the lack of a health centre in Sandem Market for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses to market residents and said he was committed to a healthy lifestyle for his constituents.
The market health centre will provide first aid to victims of a medical problem or accident at the market immediately before they are sent to the district hospital for further treatment.
The independent candidate stated that he would work with the district council and the district health department to provide the medical staff necessary for the operation of the health centre, particularly on market days: These are some of the things I intend to do when I become a Member of the European Parliament.
With regard to security, Mr Anuegabey explained that, given the mandate, he would involve stakeholders in the district in setting up a security unit in the district to assist the police in the fight against crime, given the small number of police forces.
He explained that the high school graduates, who are part of his various school cadets and have yet to continue their studies, could be recruited into the security team to help the Ghanaian police officers fight crime in the drivers’ communities.
Mr Anuegabey said that the lack of street lighting on some major roads, plunging parts of the region into darkness, is fertile ground for looting, especially on market days: I’ll make sure that when I become a Member of Parliament, we provide street lighting on the main roads.
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