Dr. Emmanuel Abeere-inga, the Director for Infrastructure, Land, Environment, and Natural Resources at the Northern Development Authority (NDA), has stated publicly, his interest in contesting the NDC parliamentary primaries in the Bolgatanga East Constituency of the Upper East Region.
Should the electorate give him the chance to lead the constituency, he would be able to liaise with the international development agencies he has been able to add to his network to help break the poverty and underdevelopment cycle in the Bolgatanga East area.
Dr. Abeere-inga said this when he spoke to Mark Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show.
He explained that for the growth of the constituency, the sitting MP, Dr. Dominic Ayine, would have to move up to other greater positions while he, Dr. Abeere-inga, deals directly with constituency development by becoming MP.
“I see myself as a grassroot person. I am a development worker. I have worked from Chereponi to Kenyasi; everywhere. I am always on the field. I know how to mobilise and I know how to organise. I know of the programme’s delivery process both intellectually and practically. I thought, bringing those to organising our youth would be very helpful. So, we can allow him [the current MP] to move up and take on other responsibilities. When the government comes to power, you have two powerhouses from the area, fighting for development,” he said.
With an extensive background in the non-governmental field, Dr. Abeere-inga explained that he had cultivated enough contacts to help develop the area rapidly.
“With my background in NGO, I know many development partners; from USAID, UKAID now called FCDO, World Bank, IMF. I interact with them, and when I interact with them, I hear them say there is no absorptive capacity in Northern Ghana. There is money in Northern Ghana, but there is no absorptive capacity. The absorptive capacity is just the bureaucratic bottlenecks.”
“Bolga East is a development intervention gold mine. It is a rural community and therefore, attractive to investors, NGOs and development partners. But it is also peri-urban in look and that peri-urban allows change to happen effectively. I told myself, with all this knowledge and understanding, offer yourself, as the constituency is just yet emerging at this time, to set the framework for there to be a takeoff,” he said.
Earlier, Dr. Abeere-inga accused the constituency executives of stifling his efforts to lead the party.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana