By Gifty Arthur
A campaign group within the folds of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has said it was working tirelessly with the party’s elected parliamentary candidates in the orphan constituencies to ensure that, the party grabs many of the seats occupied by the opposition parties.
The youth group, NDC-Crossfire, formed in July 2014 to compliment efforts of the party executives to retain power at the December polls, has already been to orphan constituencies in the Greater Accra Region such as Ablekuma North, being represented by Sally Amaki Darko (Tilapia); Okaikoi North, Abdul Razak Issah; and Trobu, Maame Efua Sekyi-Huoadzeto.
Other orphan constituencies visited so far by the young men and women in the Ashanti Region were, Oforikrom, represented by Deputy Chief Of Staff, Jonny Osei Kofi, Nhyiaeso, represented by the former Ashanti and Central Regional Minister, Samuel Sarpong, who once served as the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Mayor.
He now heads the State Housing Company (SHC) Limited as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
The rest were, Suame Constituency, where Yaw Brogya Genfi, will be locking horns with the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu and then Jirapa, Dr. Francis Bawana Dakura.
At a cleanup exercise organized by the group at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency which has Delali Kwesi Brempong as it candidate, the convener of NDC-Crossfire, Nana Osei Tutu explained “what we do basically is to campaign for the party and the president but then this year, we decided to adopt and work mostly in orphan constituencies”.
The journalist-turned politician cum businessman, said it was the first time a group has decided to devote it time to work with parliamentary candidates in orphan constituencies and they are happy to do that.
According to him,, the responses from the people in the various constituencies have been tremendous.
“This is the first time a campaign group has decided to work only in orphan constituencies and the response has been tremendous”.
In the various constituencies, Mr. Osei Tutu, said with the help of their regional chapters, they have organized health walks, health screenings and other events in these constituencies for the aspiring parliamentary candidates.
At the clean up exercise held last Saturday, September 3, 2016, the group said the programme could be described as very successful, as they were joined by members of the Madjitey Institute, the Atta Mills Care, an NGO, the Ayawaso West Wuogon sub-metro chairman, Albert Amenku, and volunteers from the community in the voluntary exercise.
While some of the members of the groups, swept the street in front of former President John Kufuor’s Airport West residence all the way to the Airport Police Station, others desilted the drains and weeded to free the area of dangerous reptiles, such as snakes etc.
The clean-up, was part of the groups contribution to government’s national sanitation day marked every first Saturday of every month. While engaging in the clean-up exercise, NDC-Crossfire said it was able to convince some first time voters to vote for the NDC’s candidate, President John Mahama.
According Nana Osei Tutu, their choice of the Constituency was, because of the importance of the roads in that community, which is used by very prominent people.
“We realized that it is one of the ceremonial roads in Ghana and almost everybody there including those who visit the country. Anybody who matter passes on that road and there are hotels and other facilities located in that area as well.
And so looking at the environment and the disgrace it can bring to the country if it not cleared of filth, we decided to clean the area”.
He said, though patronage of the national programme was low, they were fortunate to have been helped by others, including the residents, making it
He urged the youth to get involved in initiatives such as the national sanitation day and any other social activities, aimed at making the country better.