…Celebrates Birthday With Massive Health Walk & Donations In Weija-Gbawe Constituency
By Alfred Dogbey
The principal streets of Weija-Gbawe Constituency in the Ga-South Municipality, will tomorrow come to a standstill as the 2012 parliamentary candidate of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Madam Obuobia Darko-Opoku, begins another journey to parliament to better their lives.
The mega event; a Health Walk, which coincides with her birthday, will be used to donate several wheel chairs, crutches and white canes to the physically challenged and the visually impair in the community, who are in need of support.
This is part of her non-partisan humanitarianism contributions towards the development of the area. The purpose of the Health walk is to keep fit.
The Health Walk, will be followed by the commissioning of an electrification project, dubbed, “Lightening up Weija-Gbawe”. The NDC stalwart, facilitated the installation of a staggering 1500 modern streetlights in the entire Constituency.
Madam Obuobia, had engaged herself in various humanitarianism missions in the Constituency, winning the hearts and admiration of many in the area,
especially chiefs, opinion leaders and the youth. Residents say, they appreciate her work even more than that of the outgoing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Member of Parliament, Rosemund Comfort Abrah.
Madam Obuobia, through her organization, ‘Obuobia Foundation’ has focused mostly on supporting the less-privileged in society by providing them with free basic amenities, making the foundation and its work a topic for discussion in every household in the Constituency.
The former Radio Gold ace broadcaster called “Black Queen” by her peers told The Herald in an exclusive interview that, her focus has always been to use her talent, resources and connections to help humanity especially, those around her, since “charity begins from home”.
Sounding very confident and passionate, she reiterated, “I don’t have to be in Parliament to help my people, but I am promising to share the little including, my talent to the betterment of the community, irrespective of one’s political affiliation”.
Madam Obuobia was emphatic, her decision to enter parliament is to harness everybody as a “collective effort to turn lives around to make the society a better place to live in”.
Checks by The Herald have confirmed that, the ‘Obuobia Foundation’ since its establishment few years ago, has been at the forefront of many developmental projects in the community including, partnering the Ga-South Municipality to make living in the community worthwhile.
Madam Obuobia’s works, has been in the areas of education, healthcare, electrification, building bridges among others, putting her ahead of any potential challenger.
She has also provided water, relief items and educational supports to the brilliant, but needy school children in the constituency. For instance, she has given scholarship to 10 brilliant, but needy students in second cycle and tertiary institutions.
At the just-ended Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), she distributed over two thousand five-hundred (2,500) mathematical sets to all eighty-seven public and private schools candidates who sat for the exams.
“OB” as she is affectionately called, recently intervened to have two dilapidated footbridges at Mallam which have become a deathtrap to students and residents of Borla Road rehabilitated, after several media reports. Earlier, a major gutter around New Gbawe and Old-Barrier was also re-constructed to save the lives of pupils of Blessed Generation International School.
The 2 kilometer Mandela to Ashbread community road, which was awarded to a contractor on July 30, will see to the construction of drains to control flood situations that besiege the community during raining seasons and the spillage of the Weija Dam.
The poor road, had been the bane of many residents with many reporting damaged vehicles.
Madam Oboubia, through her Foundation earlier this year, donated a 17000-litre water tank to the people of Wiaboma and other communities as temporal solution to address their perennial water problem.
The donation, also included ten (10) pieces of metal chairs for use in the chiefs’ palace, airs and five (5) Philips branded street lights to enhance the security in the community, after fruitless appeal by residents to authorities, as well as past and present sitting Member of Parliament (MPs).
According to her, she hoped the installation of these street lights, will not only give light, but also go a long way to curb the spate of armed robbery in the vicinity.
She hopes to make the Health Walk an annual event to help keep the people healthy. She believes good diet and regular exercises, promotes a healthy and long life.