May 13, 2012

The former Minister for Health and Member of Parliament for Wa West constituency in the Upper West Region, Joseph Yiele Chireh has denied discriminating against people who are not members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) or his ethnic group with his share of the District Assembly Common Fund.

Hon. Chireh made the denial in an interaction with the media in the Upper West Regional capital.

He stated that since he became a Member of Parliament for the constituency in 2005, he has made it a ritual to always publish and post on the notice board of the Wa West district assembly, the names of beneficiaries of the common fund and that it will be disingenuous for anybody to come up with such an allegation.

He added that the fund is administered by rules adding no one person decides how to use the funds.

The former minister stated that the district has seen unprecedented developments.

He said before 2009, only 8 communities were hooked to the national electricity grid but now thanks to the NDC government 53 communities are going to benefit from the rural electrification project and they would be hooked to the national electricity grid before the end of the year.

He pleaded with the other communities whose names are not on the list to exercise patience saying all steps will be taken to ensure that they too are included in the project within the shortest possible time.

According to the Wa West MP, the district is a multi- ethnic district and the people have lived in peace most of the time.

He however admitted there is no permanent police station in the district which always raised security concerns but said the assembly will secure accommodation for officers who will be stationed in the district in order to ensure that police men are stationed there permanently.

Joy News