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Everyone in Navrongo is an MP; they’re very enlightened – STC

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Sampson Tangombu Chiragia, MP for Navrongo Central has said it has become increasingly difficult for Members of Parliament from the opposition NDC to reach out to their colleagues on the other side to lobby for developmental projects for their various constituencies because of the sharp divide in Ghana’s Parliament as well as the extreme polarisation of national politics.

To this end, it has been somewhat difficult to get extensive developmental projects for the area. That notwithstanding, Mr. Tangombu Chiragia restated his commitment to ensuring that the Navrongo Central Constituency develops in leaps and bounds under his watch as MP.

The MP stated that while it has become difficult to lobby because of the current situation, the people of the Navrongo area have been extremely understanding of the situation and have shown a high level of commitment to supporting him in his quest to develop the area.

“Because of hard times, it has not been easy trying to meet the demands of my people, but they know and they understand. Even though my party is not in power, we believe that the MP should be able to lobby and come, but because of what happened with the numbers, it has not been easy to go and lobby from your colleagues [on the otherside]. Your supporters themselves would not be happy”.

When asked how he manages the expectations of his constituents, the MP said ” you need to just explain to them. One thing I like about my people is that they are more enlightened than I am. Everybody in Navrongo is an MP. They know the issues,” he said.

Mr. Tangombu Chiragia admitted that the Navrongo Central seat remains a particularly interesting one because of the way electorates vote adding that “if I decide to misbehave, they will kick me out. We [voters in Navrongo] do not have time for that. If we know we have put you there and you’re not performing, we will kick you out”.

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“What Navrongo people need from me is just respect. Nobody needs your money. You see the people coming here [the MP’s residence], they are just coming to say MP we heard that you have come so we are coming to greet you. Some two gentlemen came here to give me guinea fowls for soup. That is Navrongo for you,” he explained.

He said this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show.

A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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