The people in the north of Tonga seemed to listen to the three people who had applied for a mandate to represent them in parliament.
A crowd of people watched closely as candidates from the New Patriotic Party (PPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Ghana Union Movement (UMU) declared that they were the best candidates worthy of being elected as the next MP.
On Tuesday, parliamentary debates were organised by the Interdepartmental Dialogue Committee and the National Commission for Civic Education with the aim of ensuring interaction between voters and PCs. During these discussions PPD and PC NDC have tried to understand who and which government deals best with the people in Northern Tonga.
The two main competitors described their activities in areas such as agriculture, education, health, employment, road infrastructure, youth development and improving the lives of people with disabilities (MmB) and vulnerable segments of society, as well as their plans to improve their situation when the opportunity arises.
Collins Arku, an MP from the nuclear power plant who has doubled his term as district chief, said his term as MP will continue to grow and create jobs, just as the current government has launched policies and programmes to improve the lives of PAPs, vulnerable groups, farmers and unemployed graduates in northern Tonga.
He said this would be achieved by providing voters with free vocational training, while advocating, among other things, the establishment of a teacher training college, an industrial estate and landing sites for the benefit of all.
Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, NDC PC and current MP, said that his good work in job creation, his commitment to education, health, welfare of vulnerable groups and LSD and infrastructure development were there for his people to say that it was not in vain that he had been appointed by Toghbezi I (Keeper of Promises).
The former deputy minister and current senior member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs has promised that the construction of the Volivo and Aveim-Asuzuare road bridge will be completed in his first year in office when he gets a nod, given that a fund of USD 120 million has already been allocated for this purpose.
He promised to expand his project to provide free hospital services to the poor, revitalize the rice factory in Aveyime and the textile company in Juapong to create jobs, advocate for a new institution of higher technical education and ensure that the North Tongu gets a fair share of the NDC People’s Manifesto.
Raymond Akakho, the president of the GUM, said he would focus on vocational training, support the establishment of an agricultural university to improve agricultural production in the agricultural district, introduce a pension system for employees in the informal sector for their welfare, and offer voters an interest-free rate on loans under GHC 2,000.
It is stated that the policy will focus not only on rebuilding destroyed factories, but also on combating poverty and the related consequences of divorce and teenage pregnancy in the region, noting that if people are well fed and have money, they will be willing to contribute to progress in the north of Tonga.
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