Wa West NDC calls on Martin Amidu to prosecute DCE

Wa West NDC calls on Martin Amidu to prosecute DCE

The Wa West Constituency branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is calling for the interrogation and prosecution of the District Chief Execu

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The Wa West Constituency branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is calling for the interrogation and prosecution of the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Edward Laabiiri Sabo over allegations of corruption and for causing financial loss to the state.

Executives of the largest opposition party in a statement accused the DCE of blowing some One Hundred and Six Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC106,000) on the renovation of his official residence which he has abandoned.

They detailed in the statement how the DCE has abandoned his official bungalow over claims of insecurity in the district due to the activities of armed robbers which he has failed to address.

The NDC disclosed that residents in the district are living in a state of insecurity and fear as a result of the rise in criminal activities including murder cases.

“…in Wa West as there are daily reports of armed robbery across the District. Fresh in memory is the gruesome killing of a man and his son in their own residence at Domagyili in the Wa West District and up to date no single soul has been arrested in connection with this barbaric act. What is rather shocking is that the DCE as the chairman of DISEC refused to live in his official Bungalow citing insecurity as the reason. Rather strange is the fact that out of these Torturing and Excruciating Socio-economic milieu a whopping amount of 106,000gh cedis was used to renovate the official Bungalow of the DCE yet Hon Laabiiri Sabo did not see reason to use the bungalow. It is our considered opinion that the Special Prosecutor should take interest in prosecuting Hon. Sabo Laabiir for causing financial loss to the state,” they stated.

They expressed disappointment in the DCE who doubles as the Chairman of DISEC for failing to put measures in place to ensure the residents are safe from criminals, hence the need for the Special Prosecutor to look into the issue and prosecute Mr. Sabo.

The Wa West NDC also accused the DCE of supervising the diversion of fertilisers allocated to farmers in the district under the Planting-for-Food-and-Jobs programme.

“Farmers were very happy to receive the news of Planting for Food and Jobs aimed at assisting farmers to improve upon their productivity in the country. Little did we know that the hopes of farmers in the Wa West were going to be dashed as fertilizer meant for the planting for Food and Jobs programme were stolen from the Depot in Wechiau by people allegedly affiliated to the New Patriotic Party. It is interesting to note that the DCE Hon. Laabiiri Sabo was not left out in this accusation as local people reported seeing his official vehicle being used to convey some of the fertilizer to some communities. What is even more worrying was the level of smuggling of the fertilizer across the borders to neighboring Burkina Faso to the detriment of the ordinary farmers in Wa West District. The Hon DCE who promised to investigate and punish the perpetrators of this criminal act is yet to report of any progress made in that direction to the good people of Wa West,” they alleged.

Below is the full statement

DEVELOPMENT SUFFERING UNDER THE SUPER INCOMPETENT NPP GOVERNMENT IN THE WA WEST DISTRICT –A CRY FOR HELP

This press release is in response to the call by the president H.E Nana Akufo-Addo for us to be citizens and not spectators. As a responsible opposition party we have taken up the challenge to point out the low level of development in the Wa West district since the NPP assumed power in 2017. As much as we will commend government for the continuation of the progressively Free Senior High School in a larger scale as enshrined in the 1992 constitution, the people of Wa West are not enthused about the level of development under the NPP government in the District. It is therefore necessary to engage the media to help cry for help on behalf of the people of Wa West.

PLANTING FOR FOOD AND JOBS

Farmers were very happy to receive the news of Planting for Food and Jobs aimed at assisting farmers to improve upon their productivity in the country. Little did we know that the hopes of farmers in the Wa West were going to be dashed as fertilizer meant for the planting for Food and Jobs programme were stolen from the Depot in Wechiau by people allegedly affiliated to the New Patriotic Party. It is interesting to note that the DCE Hon. Laabiiri Sabo was not left out in this accusation as local people reported seeing his official vehicle being used to convey some of the fertilizer to some communities. What is even more worrying was the level of smuggling of the fertilizer across the borders to neighboring Burkina Faso to the detriment of the ordinary farmers in Wa West District. The Hon DCE who promised to investigate and punish the perpetrators of this criminal act is yet to report of any progress made in that direction to the good people of Wa West. “If guinea fowls with wings were allegedly said to have flown into Burkina what about fertilizer in Burkina without wings” Wa West deserves better.

SECURITY

In 2016, the manifesto of the NPP stated that “The NPP Government will secure peace and security for all Ghanaians. Under the NPP Government, Ghanaians will feel safe on the streets and in their homes. Ghanaians will go about their daily business in the secure knowledge that their persons, properties and lives are safe under an NPP Government”.

Unfortunately this is not the case in Wa West as there are daily reports of armed robbery across the District. Fresh in memory is the gruesome killing of a man and his son in their own residence at Domagyili in the Wa West District and up to date no single soul has been arrested in connection with this barbaric act. What is rather shocking is that the DCE as the chairman of DISEC refused to live in his official Bungalow citing insecurity as the reason. Rather strange is the fact that out of these Torturing and Excruciating Socio-economic milieu a whopping amount of 106,000gh cedis was used to renovate the official Bungalow of the DCE yet Hon Laabiiri Sabo did not see reason to use the bungalow. It is our considered opinion that the Special Prosecutor should take interest in prosecuting Hon. Sabo Laabiir for causing financial loss to the state.

The apparent helplessness of NPP government and Hon. DCE in dealing with insecurity in Wa West was the weird solution proposed by the DCE to install CCTV cameras to fight armed robbery. This simply shows a lack of understanding of security issues in the district.

FAILURE TO APPROVE ASSEMBLY BUDGET

Comrades and Friends in the Media, it is important to note that Hon Edward Laabiiri Sabo was the first DCE in Wa West to have had 100 percent endorsement from the Hon. Assembly members and ironically he is also the first DCE to have lost popularity and touch with Assembly members in less than two (2) years as well as the DCE under whose stewardship is the District Assembly failed to approve the 2019 Budget on the 26/10/2018. This is due to the super incompetence, disrespect and disregard for Assembly members in the District. Let no one cite the issue of procurement of motorbikes for Assembly members as the reason for the inability to pass the 2019 budget of the District Assembly as it was not part of the agenda.

Hon Edward Laabiiri who is a beneficiary of a  District Development Fund (DDF) he inherited from the former NDC administration which he used to construct a road from Ga junction to his home village Maadoteng could not qualify the District to benefit from the DDF for 2018.

In fact the Assembly has been operating illegally in revenue mobilization since there was no determination of the Fee Fixing resolution which expired on 31st December, 2018.

FAILED PROMISES

The NPP government under the leadership of his Excellence Akufo-Addo has always treated the people of Wa west with Disdain. First of all, as citizens we want to call on His Excellence the president to fulfill his promises by walking the talks. We deem it as a responsibility to always draw the attention of the DCE to matters of concern to the people of wa west. It is in this vain that we will call on the DCE to draw the attention of the new Regional minister and the President to:

1. To complete the COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL (E- BLOCK) project at Dorimon for his pledge to finish it  before September, 2018 and place students into the school for the 2018/2019 academic year has far elapse without any show.

2. As if this disregard was not enough, the regional minister Alhaji Alhassan Suleman (now former) at the “SEONTAA BOOR” (A Daga-wiile Annual Festival) in Vieri stated that documentary preparations are far advanced and by the beginning of February they will kick start the construction of an Agric College in vieri, tarring of the Ga- Wechiau- Dorimon- Wa road, wa –vieri –Tanvaare road and the construction of other several roads in the District. On same venue and date (i.e 07/01/2019) the Wa west DCE also mention that by the end of January Vieri will be connected to electricity. The Good people of wa west will never forgive the NPP for not seeing any sign of work on these projects.

3. Wa west is a farming community and we therefore demand a concrete explanation on when specifically the people of the district will see the construction of ten dams allocated to them.

4. The list of the 103 communities in the District that are to be connected to the national grid

5. Fast track the completion of the Eggu, Gurungu and Vieri health centres which were about 85–95 percent complete respectively and several uncompleted projects in the District.

CONCLUSION

NPP as a government cannot easily show any completed and operational project if not that of the Member of Parliament; Hon Joseph Yelle Chireh. Some of these projects of the MP include:

1. Building of six class unit block at Nerikuteng

2. Drilling of six bore holes across the District

3. Purchasing of seven boxer motor bikes for the district health directorate, expansion of OPD in the Wechiau District Hospital, Donation of mental waiting chairs across numerous health centers and CHPs in the District and many other projects in the Health Sector. In fact it is public knowledge that Hon. Joseph has been given a Citation of Honour in this regard.

The priority of the NDC in Wa west will always be focused on the Growth and Development of the entire district and its people and Ghana as a whole.

Thank you!

Signed!

Stephen Aseon

NDC Comm. Officer

Tel: 0200717988/0543625092

Hon. Ababaasa Olinaa

Deputy Comm. Officer

Tel: 0249938323/0208727150)

Source: Awakenews