Mr John Afful, a 38-year old private businessman, is among four aspirants who have filed their nominations to contest the Sakaman Electoral Area seat in the upcoming District Assembly elections slated for September 1.

Apart from mobilizing the people in the electoral area over the years for communal labour to clear weedy areas and disilt choked drains, Mr. Afful claimed he had fixed and repaired some street lights at the Mallam Market, Sakaman taxi rank and around Level 200 Hotel.

Mr Afful who made this disclosure in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra, said he was a ? local boy, ? born and bred at Sakaman.

He said his motivation to contest was borne out of the incessant calls by the community members over the years to represent them at the local level due to the numerous voluntary services he had regularly rendered .

He said through the support of J. Stanley Owusu Company, he had rehabilitated the Sakaman taxi rank, as well as the roads behind Della Park leading to Level 200 Hotel, and linking the Royal Medical Agency Clinic.

Mr. Afful said he had also through hard work, been able to get a community durbar grounds for the people, and a playing field for the youth, majority of whom were interested in football.

He was of the strong belief that with the acquisition of the field and the presence of Liberty Professionals Football Club in the community, a lot of football talents could be unearthed to get more ? Michael Essiens and Asamoah Gyans? from the area.

He posited that perhaps the driving force behind the people?s persistent calls on him to stand was the role he played when he assisted some of the flood victims during a heavy downpour in the area in 2009, and sponsored the registration of about 400 youth to access the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS ).

Some of the major constraints confronting the community were security threats from thieves who sometimes broke into homes even in broad daylight, and flood, as a result of the dumping of refuse at the Mallam Market, he said.

If given the nod to become their assembly member, Mr. Afful promised to liaise with the Dansoman Police Command to initiate patrols in the area, especially in the night, and also revive the community watchdog committees to complement efforts of the police in providing security for the people.

He continued that he would collaborate with wealthy business executives, top government officials and politicians resident at Sakaman, to set up an Education Endowment Fund to provide scholarships to brilliant but needy pupils and students in the community.

Among the four contestants, Mr. Afful said he was the best to champion the cause of the people and therefore made a passionate appeal to the electorate to vote massively for him on September 1.

Source : GNA/newsghana.com.gh


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