By Abdul Razak Bawa
On a scale of One to Ten, I will score Francis Xavier Sosu three, not because he has done anything better and worthy of commendation, but because he is occupying a space. Nature it is said abhors vacuum.
Francis Xavier Sosu, should watch before he leap. Madina Constituency, has not witnessed any change since 2021, when he was graciously elected to represent the constituents in Parliament, to start patting himself on the shoulder for a job well done, is a little too early.
Development, it is said is never in abeyance, even the worst dictators, have added something to their economies, but what counts is the magnitude and the number of lives one is able to touch.
They is a saying that, those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.
Sosu, was a lucky child of fortune, the opportunity to serve the people of Madina fell on his lap, largely because his predecessor, Amadu Sorogho, had overstayed his welcome and so took the people for granted .Sorogho also got so comfortable that, he had a slogan in 2012, saying Madina is for Sorogho and Sorogho is for Madina.
The people who own Madina, showed him in 2016 that, he cannot arrogate the Constituency to himself, but like all of us, he is a part of a bigger picture.
Then came in Boniface Abubakar, who won the constituency for the New Patriotic Party for the first time since it was created. Boniface did what he could, he had a difficult job, because the people of Madina, are predominantly NDC and have always voted for the party, until he came along.
Like Sorogho, he also like a fly following the corpse to the grave, failed to heed to advice. What politicians, have stubbornly refused to learn is that, some of us don’t take pleasure in criticizing, in fact we criticize to correct.
We bring to the attention of politicians, what is happening in the Constituency that those close to them are failing to tell them.
Let me put it on record that Amadu Sorogho and Francis Xavier Sosu are not more NDC than me, so to entertain the thought that, because they represent a Constituency means, they love the party than me or anyone else, is completely wrong.
After another failed attempt by Boniface Abubakar, who also took almost three years to construct a 4km road, the people of Madina decided to turn a new page and embraced Sosu in the hope that, he would guide and lead the Constituency on a new paradigm.
So far, Sosu, has not done justice to himself as a Member of Parliament, he is leading Madina in the wrong direction. They is no single visible sign of his achievements in the Constituency, except his job creation drive which only targets seamstresses and what he terms youth in driving.
I have always wondered whether Sosu is in the same August House like his colleague, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who has put his best foot forward since he entered Parliament.
Ablakwa is a model that, some of our MPs, should emulate. He is excelling in combining his work in parliament and his Constituency. He has succeeded in putting his Constituency on the world map. If you doubt me, just google his Constituency, can the same be said about Madina? No.
Just a fortnight ago, Ablakwa, engaged a company to employ beneficiaries of the Nation Builders Corp, whose engagements with the programme, has come to an end. This is real employment, something to be proud of, not what we are seeing in Madina.
He is not providing adhoc solutions to the problem of unemployment in his constituency, but rather holistic and long lasting, as well as far-reaching solutions. He is providing public solutions to public problems. Sosu collect the same salary and allowances as Ablakwa, but does little.
In an interview Lawmaker forMadina, Francis-Xavier Sosu, said he became popular and successful a Member of Parliament due to his preparedness for the job.
Speaking to Anthony Dzamefe on a Father’s Day Out, Mr Sosu who is also a private legal practitioner “said he knew the problems that his constituents were facing and was ready to work for solutions when he was elected as leader.
“He added that he immediately started solving the issues after being elected. That, he said, made him a popular figure in his constituency and earned him the tag of a successful Member of Parliament in less than 3 years.
“It’s been I think a year and a half, not even three years and I think that it is essentially the readiness for the job that is part of the reasons. I have been desiring to serve in any capacity,” he said.
Mr Sosu also listed some of the problems he solved in his community”.
I beg, however, to disagree with the Member of Parliament for his patronizing assessment, which is far from the reality.
In a democracy, there is no sacrament as sacred as the consent of the people, and there is no oath as potent as We The People. Those who defy them bring upon their heads truckloads of eternal curses. The people of Madina are not seeing the dividends of his presence in Parliament. Organizing a demonstration to complain about bad roads in the Constituency, is like joining the people to wail, when you should be out there lobbying to have the roads done.
Sosucame in with an eye on a national office and an exaggerated sense of importance, he is moving from one half-baked project into another. His agenda for the Constituency, are not any different from his predecessors. They lack focus and vigorous examination.
Sosu should know that Rome was not build by men who took one step forward and two steps backward. He knows that a man who takes a step forward and two steps backwards is retrogressing. But he has specialized in amplifying that step forward to create an impression of a forward movement.
Nothing he has done so far in the Constituency, shows that he was ready for the job, as for his popularity, the least said about it the better. He should discard this convoluted sense of self.
A word to the wise is enough.
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