The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency Honourable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has outlined some major achievements during his tenure of office as the North Tongu Legislator in the Ghanaian Parliament between 2012 and 2020.
Speaking at the Parliamentary Candidates’ debate organized by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) at Battor D/A Basic School premises in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region monitored by Coverghana Media Network (Coverghana.com.gh), Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said, it is his considered view that accountability to the people, having confidence in your track record and respecting the people’s right to assess your stewardship must be paramount at all times.
According to him, his track records within the constituency and beyond has been identified globally making him to be ranked the outstanding Member of Parliament in the Volta region due to his tremendous achievements. “Across Ghana, when a research is conducted, if I am not placed first, I will be among the top ten performing MPs. This is a manifestation that, I am working as the MP for the North Tongu.” He said.
Addressing the constituents, the Member of Parliament has therefore outlined some key achievements in the area of education, electrification, agriculture, roads and health.
The Member of Parliament has outlined a few educational projects he has embarked on within the District including;
- Construction of the first ever modern kindergarten in North Tongu at Battor D/A basic school.
- Construction of a six (6) unit classroom block for Battor R/C primary school.
- Donation of two-hundred (200) pieces of furniture to the Battor D/A Basic School.
- Distribution of motorbikes to all circuit supervisors in the North Tongu District.
- Donation of laptop computers to over 60 ICT teachers in North Tongu.
- Donation of laptop computers to all circuit supervisors
- Expansion of classrooms in most Senior High Schools in Tongu.
- Construction of 20 kindergarten blocks in North Tongu.
- Construction of over 20 basic schools.
According to Mr. Ablakwa, his contribution to education has increased Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) performance from 22% to 68% in North Tongu. Also, his investment in secondary education has increased performances by 25% in second cycle institutions.
Speaking further, he said, his outfit has built boys and girls dormitories for Battor Senior High School (BASEC), Aveyime-Battor Senior High Technical and Vocational School (ABAST) and Dorfor Senior High School (DORSEC).
According to him, his influential leadership has birthed an entirely new Community Day Senior High School at Volo in the North Tongu District. He bought school buses and pickups for all Senior High Schools in North Tongu. He disclosed that, there was no school bus at Senior High Schools in Tongu before he was elected. He had managed to lobby for busses for schools in his constituency.
He also identified top performing teachers in North Tongu and therefore gave a full scholarship to a basic school teacher at Battor-Agbetikpo to China for further studies due to his hard work. “I gave scholarship to the best and performing ICT teacher at Mepe St. Kizito Senior High Technical School to Europe for further studies to encourage teachers.” He disclosed.
“As a Deputy Minister of Education, I was able to brought additional four-hundred (400) trained basic school teachers to the district to support teaching and learning in North Tongu to address the phenomenon of lack of professional teachers among many.” Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa told his constituents monitored by Coverghana Media Network.
He again said, he has distributed logistics to schools in North Tongu including furnishing science laboratories and libraries. Meanwhile, he is currently working hard as a Member of Parliament to prioritize education within the North Tongu Constituency.
“I have lobbied for World Bank Secondary Education Improvement Programme (SEIP) for Senior High Schools in North Tongu. The first phase of the project covers Landscaping, provision of gates and fencing. The second face of the project will be construction of bungalows for teachers on the campuses.” Mr. Ablakwa clarified.
“Before I was elected, the North Tongu District has no Education Office. I have rented District Education Office in Mepe to be used by Ghana Education Service Staff. I bought a pickup for the education directorate for monitoring and supervision in the North Tongu District.” He added.
Finally, the MP said, he was the only Member of Parliament in Ghana who paid the salary of all private school teachers in his constituency during the novel coronavirus pandemic lockdown. He also paid salary to Musaharma Farm workers who were laydown due to the negative impact of the Covid-19. According to him, he is very much committed to the creation of jobs for the youth in the Constituency.
Under electrification project, the Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency said, he won’t make empty promise because he is already delivering on his promises and will surely accomplish everything in the due course.
According to him, before he was elected a Member of Parliament, electrification in North Tongu was 48%. But due to his hard work, by December 2016, he and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have increased electrification project from 48% to 92% in the North Tongu Constituency.
Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa added that, he has lobbied for over 50,000 electricity meters which was distributed to household in the North Tongu District since he entered Parliament.
Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said, he never joke with farmers in the constituency in the field of agriculture. Outlying some of his achievements at the sector, he disclosed that, the only State of the Art factory in North Tongu thus Musaharma Farm on Battor to Sege road was lobbied by him. The Musaharma Farm is the biggest banana farm in the North Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region. Every week, the management of the Farm export banana from North Tongu to Britain, Jordan, United State of America and France. According to him, his commitment towards farmers is not in doubt in his constituency.
He also bought a tractor for the constituency to assist farmers. Distributed boots, fertilizers and chemicals to support farmers. “During the Millennium Challenge Account Negotiations, I have lobbied for an irrigation project at Torgorme which is totally going to transform agriculture in the District. I am far ahead of my competitors in all fields within the Constituency.” He said.
The North Tongu legislator indicated that, his contribution at the health sector is uncountable. But speaking during the Parliamentary Candidates’ debate, he outlined few achievements at the sector including;
- Renovated of children ward at the Battor Hospital.
- Donation of Cervical Scanning machine to Battor Hospital.
- Distribution of laptop computers to nurses and doctors of Battor Hospital, Clinics and CHPS Compounds.
- Payment of NHIS cards renewal for over 1,000 constituents.
- Payments of hospital bills for constituents.
- Construction of Infectious Disease Centre at Battor Hospital.
- Rentals for doctors and nurses etc.
ROADS AND JOBS
Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa who was accounting to his constituents during NCCE’s debate said, Volo Community Day Senior High School has employed not less than one-hundred (100) people. The employees according to him include teachers, drivers, messengers, laboratory technicians among many. He added that, most of his projects have created jobs for the people of North Tongu.
He also added that, his outfit has lobbied for the construction of Juapong-Adidome road, Juapong-Fodzoku road which have brought jobs for the teaming youth. “As a member of Parliament, I have lobbied for the recruitment of youths into fire service, military, immigration, police, Ghana Armed Forces among others. For the record, I have lobbied for fire service station at Battor and others” He touted.
The Member of Parliament said, he thoroughly enjoyed the NCCE’s North Tongu Parliamentary Candidates’ debate. According him, the NCCE deserves credit and commendation for their efficient facilitation of the debate. “God bless you all for your exciting and insightful patronage. Democracy wins; North Tongu is the richer” He told.
Watch some videos from the debate below.