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UW: I’m not MP who takes goats, cows, fowls from constituents; I seek their ideas – Peter Toobu

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Supt (Rtd) Peter Lanchene Toobu, the Member of Parliament for Wa West in the Upper West Region has said that being a Member of Parliament transcends representing constituents in Parliament.

Mr Toobu explained that MPs are supposed to create a new generation of leaders by making the right investments in young people, irrespective of their political association.

Mr Toobu said as MP, he has gone beyond expecting people to cower in his presence to be an MP that visits the constituents and shares in their experiences.

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

“I have gone beyond the usual thing of, excuse me to say, sitting in the room and people would come and queue like a clinic. I do not do that. Sit in your community, I want to come and see you there. As a young man why would I sit and people would come and queue waiting to see me?” he quizzed.

Mr Toobu told his constituents that “sit at home, I am coming there. If you go to my house, you would not find me. You will hear that I am in a village somewhere. I should come to you, why are you coming to me?”

He continued to say that “we have this culture of when an MP comes to visit your community and he is leaving, you give him one goat or one fowl; what is that?”

The MP for Wa West explained that as MP, it is not his place to take the resources of his constituents but rather provide for them.

“Excuse me, ebi fowl or goat I no go fit buy? They will say it is culture. No, let us end it. An MP can buy a goat, an MP can buy a fowl. If I have the money, I will give it to you instead. The goat that you would use to take care of your child in school, you want to give it to the MP? I don’t need your goat, I don’t need your fowl. I need to help you.”

“If you can help me with an idea, I will appreciate it, but if you give me a goat or cow that you can sell and take care of your sick child when I am not even there, I think we should be changing the narrative,” he said.

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

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