May 27, 2014

The Member of Parliament for Akim Oda, William Agyapong Quaitoo has raised serious concerns about delays in the release of common fund and the effects on their quest to assist development in their constituencies.

The MP noted that because common fund is still in areas they could not do much to in terms of rolling out development projects in their constituencies as their constituents would have wished.

According to him, MPs are burdened with personal problems of their constituents ranging from payment of school fees, money for business, health care and a host of others that individuals should have solved themselves. All these should have been made possible through the MP’s share of the common fund.

Mr. William Agyapong said most MPs rely on their personal resources to solve some of the challenges confronting their constituents. He indicated that because of the misconception about the role of an MP, people only judge the performance of the MP through how much he has been able to spend on them or the projects he supported. Anything short of this is not recognized.

The MP said his quest to help the youth with business ideas is not been fully appreciated except for a handful who are ready to benefit from that, adding that all the people wanted was financial assistance, hence the delay in the release of the common fund is not helping them at all.

The Akim Oda MP has therefore made special appeal to the government to expedite the release of the fund to bring the needed development to the people in the various districts.

He also called on the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to educate citizens on the core function of MPs so that they can appreciate the various contributions they make to national development.

Dominic Shirimori/