The presiding member of the Talensi District Assembly, John Millim Nabwomya, has rubbished claims that the Assembly Members were bribed to boycott their planned demonstrations intended against the mining companies operating in the area over poor roads.
According to him, after organizing for the demonstration, following several demands by the Assembly Members themselves, only 7 members out of 32 appeared for the demonstration on the day, which necessitated the call-off of the intended demonstration.
“Days later, I was at home, and one radio station called me and said they had got information that the assembly members had been compromised and that we had gone to collect money from the companies, and that is why we backed off from our demonstration. This is very disheartening. I am the presiding member, and I don’t have any idea close to these things”, he recounted.
“I am an environmentalist and care much about the environment, and integrity counts because it is not bought in the market, nothing is done secretly, and will be forever covered in this life,” , he added.
Mr. Nabwomya said these allegations does not bring unity among them to fight for a common course as a people, emphasizing that “we have to stop these baseless accusations against one another because no one gets anything out of them.”
He made this known when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio Daybreak Upper East show regarding the Mineral Development Fund (MDF).
The chairman of the Talensi Local Management Committee of the MDF, Samuel Kuug Narook, who was on the show with him, called on residents in the area to channel their grievances through the rightful channels to avoid mere speculations and to strengthen unity among them.They also disclosed that the first tranche of the money received from the MDF was used to construct boreholes, while the second and third tranches were used to purchase furniture to address furniture problems across schools in the district.
Beneficiary schools mentioned include Gaare Primary, Datoko JHS, Duusi, Tongo Beon Yelmega, Zalwore, Sawali, and Bapela, among others.
Source:A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Bolgatanga