Mr. David Tiahno Quarshie, the Ketu South Parliamentary Candidate (PC) of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has donated assorted items in support of the aged and the vulnerable in the constituency.
These included bags of maize, sachet water, mosquito repelling incense, boxes of bar soaps and match sticks – all costing about GH¢40,000.00.
The gift went to people in border communities, hardest-hit by restrictions introduced to contain and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
A total of 1,170 elderly people in the 39 electoral areas of the constituency, alongside 120 head porters at the Aflao border, benefitted.
Madam Awleshie Gemegah, aged over 80 years, expressed her gratefulness to Mr. Quarshie for the gesture and said it would keep her going for some time.
Mr. David Anani Eglu, the assembly member for Adafienu, also applauded the candidate for the support at such a critical time, when COVID-19 had turned the world everybody upside down.
He gave the assurance that the local assembly would do it bit to assist those in real need.
Mr. Justice Tamekloe, a Unit Committee Member in Denu, said the donation to the elderly could not have come at a better time.
Madam Adzo Babanawo of Adafienu, was however unhappy she did not benefit from the package and although, “I did not qualify because of my age, I am equally needy”.
“I help to carry loads for people at the beach and the border but these few weeks, nothing seems to be happening after the closure of the border and that is making life unbearable for me and the children.”
Mr. Quarshie, speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said he was moved by the demands of the time to be “a citizen and not a spectator” – to extend support to the less-privileged in the constituency that “I hope to represent in Parliament”.
“This is my personal contribution to the people. It is not enough and I will appeal to government to still help because in Ketu South here, we are indirectly locked down as a result of the border closure, which is making things hard for residents who live from hand-to-mouth and so, require crossing the border daily to feed themselves and their families.”