The Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has
assured assembly members that the next NDC administration will work closely with them to
deepen their role in governance.
Mr Mahama says as the first point of contact for the resolution of many issues in electoral
areas, assembly members require support from government to enable them effectively
discharge their enormous responsibilities.
Addressing a meeting with the Ghana Association of Assembly Members (GAAM) at is office
in Accra, the former president observed that not only do assembly members attend to the
day-to-day needs of the people but they also serve as community development agents.
He has, therefore, pledged to design training programmes to improve the capacity of
assembly members as well as pay them monthly allowances to encourage them to do more
for their communities.
The NDC flagbearer also reiterated that he will ensure the completion of all projects that the current government has deliberately abandoned including roads, schools and health
facilities so that the people can reap the benefit of those projects.
Touching on COVID-19, Mr Mahama said, he called for the involvement of local community
leaders such as chiefs, assembly members and opinion leaders in the national response plan to help stop the spread, but that call was ignored.
The result, he observed, was the woeful failure of the distribution of food relief packages
and the poor level of awareness of COVID-19.