Kennedy Agyapong enskined Teng-maale Naa, Commends Karbo for Development
By: Morris Banaamwine
Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Mr. Kennedy Agyapong, has admitted that first-time lawmaker, Anthony Abayifaa Karbo, within two years of being in Parliament, has performed creditably well than he has in five terms.
The maverick politician, who is serving his 18th year as a MP, observed that some of the policies and programmes initiated by the former National Youth Organiser of the party is unimaginable and a feather in his cap.
Mr. Agyapong made the revelation after he was enskined as Teng-Maal Naa, meaning, “Development Chief” for Lawra Traditional area on the sidelines of the launch of the Ti-Deltaa Womens Group at Lawra in the Upper West region.
He appealed to other members of the party and lawmakers, in particular, to emulate the strategy adopted by Mr. Karbo and observed that having women groups at heart had already won him the 2020 polls.
The Assin Central MP noted that he had never seen an MP who had been able to organize 3,000 women in his constituency for a laudable project of Tideltaa Womens group.
Mr. Agypong expressed hope that God would continue to impart knowledge on Mr. Karbo to deliver properly his mandate to the people of the area describing him as an epitome of development.
Mr. Agyapong was enskined as Teng-Maal Naa for the Lawra Traditional Area by the Paramount Chief of Lawra Naa Puowele Karbo III for his enormous contribution to the development of the area and the country.
With the stool name Naa Kennedy Der Agyapong, he pledged to support the area to meet its developmental aspirations.
Commenting on the status of women in the paramountcy, Naa Karbo III, explaine that basic economic and social fundamentals of the Lawra traditional area shows that over 78 per cent of the working population in the Lawra Municipality is engaged in subsistence agriculture with women forming a significant proportion of the farming population.
He said in addition to growing the food, women ensured that the family was fed daily and played diverse roles alongside their farming activities for the benefit and welfare of the community.
The paramount Chief, however, noted that women remained trapped in the poverty web affecting the Lawra paramountcy although they played a backbone role in every stage of the agriculture value chain.
This, according to the paramount chief, provided a strong social and economic argument for investing in the empowerment of women.
Naa Karbo III thanked the Member of Parliament (MP) of Lawra for bringing an initiative like Tideltaa womens group to create employment opportunities and skills development for women to help liberate them from the shackles of poverty.
He appealed to benevolent organizations and non-governmental organizations to support the education of the girl child as it was the key element and vision of the paramountcy.
For his part, Mr. Karbo, who is alo the Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways, called on the people of the Lawra municipality to put the election of 2016 behind them and focus on the development of the area.
He said the elections were over and it was time for the people to unite for development and added that the group would see to the interest of all women irrespective of their political, ethnic and religious affiliation.