Media Practitioner Urges Collaboration Between Stakeholders

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Foster Enam Dagadu

A Media Practitioner and Executive Board Member of the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF), who doubles as the Founder and President of West Africa Union of Ewes, Foster Enam Dagadu is advocating a close collaboration between all stakeholders for an effective Local Governance system in the country.

According to him, it is imparative that stakeholders including traditional authorities, the clergy, women and youth groups, churches and other identifiable groups joined together to map out strategies that would shape and transform society based on the local government structure.

Dagadu said these in an interview with this reporter in Accra, Wednesday.

Using the upcoming district level elections as a point of reference, the sports journalist was of the view that, it was time the electorate voted for persons with strategies that would propel their electoral areas on the path of development and the well-being of their communities.

“Am proposing the following for consideration by whoever wins the upcoming district Assembly elections, in my electoral area, Akoefe- Akpenoe to consider.

We need the local union of churches to assist our traditional leaders, together with the local government representative to unite and develop our electoral area. I believe the local union of churches play a major part in community development. A vibrant youth association – a community or electoral college without a youth association is just like a community without future.

We need the youth associations to come on board to assist in the development of our communities. Local farmers associations will help our farmers benefit from government agriculture programs like planting for food and jobs – I expect the next assembly member to unite the unit committee members to work together for the socio-economic transformation of the electoral area, not the one man show as usual – one will be surprised citizens don’t even know their unit committee members in Akoefe- Akpenoe electoral area.

There should be a massive educational campaign to sensitize the population on local government issues so that they can effectively participate in the process,” Dagadu said.

He said, Akoefe-Akpenoe electoral area needs someone who can lobby outside the municipal assembly to bring development to the area.

“We need a 21st century leader who understands the dynamics of change to champion this agenda. Akoefe lacks a lot in terms of infrastructure and basic amenities.

I therefore challenge the next assembly member to make sure our senior high school is completed by next academic year. Am also pleading with the electorate in Akoefe- Akpenoe electoral area to vote wisely and vote for unity and development and not for selfish interests,” he said.

Dagadu believes by so doing the Akoefe- Akpenoe electoral area “can be transformed into an enviable place for all of us to live in an thrive.”

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