By Fai Cassian Ndi
|Hon. Abe Michael Ndra|
However, the SDF Mayor of Ako Council in Donga Mantung Division, created the unexpected today March 22, 2014 when he and his deputies stormed the Ako Grandstand to receive Hon. Abe Michael Ndra, CPDM MP for Ako/Misaje Special Constituency. When Akio Augustine and his deputies stormed the ceremonial ground dressed in official sashes, promoters of political hatred went short of breath. Some of sank onto their chairs as if the world has suddenly come to an end. The euphoria that saluted his entry into the ceremonial ground was indicative that the population was disgust with divisive politics. Hon. Abe Michael Ndra and Akio Augustine though from different political parties have demonstrated that politics is aimed at fostering development and not to divide people, says CPDM militant whose name I got as Jacob. In his welcome speech, Akio Augustine told the population that he is not the mayor of the SDF party but mayor of Ako Council. He also reminded the population that Hon. Abe Michael Ndra is MP for Ako/Misaje and not for the CPDM. “Eventhough we are from different political parties, as elected officials we are bound by our positions to work together for the interest of the population”, he continued. “I had tried getting to the MP but certainly blocked by those who think we are enemies whereas our objectives are the same. And if I shy away, how then can we develop this municipality. The MP is for the Nation and I am on the spot, so we have to work as a team to succeed”. The traces of sadness and despair that was visible on the faces of political monsters disappeared suddenly as the mayor argued that time for campaigns are over and it is now time for them to work for the betterment of all.
|MP and Mayor burying political hatred they almost inherited|
|Hon. Abe Michael and Mayor Akio Augustine|
Farms to Market Roads: The sub division should be totally disenclaved considering the risk as a border location.
Education: Existing Basic and secondary schools be adequately staffed and necessary infrastructure provided by government, science equipment be provided at GHS Ako and also raise it to a Bilingual high school.
Administration: With its vastness, Ako sub division be raised to a full fledge Division with accompanying sub divisions in Kuta, Lower Mbembe, Upper Mbembe and Pooh Akooh.
Land disputes: Our municipality has protracted unrsolved land cases with Misaje sub Division at Tumbo in Akwenko and Nkamb Central Sub Division at Tungande and Tumbo in Akwaja.
Agriculture: Considering that the population of Ako is mostly farmers, more staff be posted to the various agric posts.
Health: The District hospital Ako and existing health units of Kuta, Jevi, Berabe, Akwaja, Buku and Abuenshie be properly staffed and equipped. Government should build a health unit at Assa village and environs.
Housing: Governmeent should build befitting structures for the veterinary centre Ako and Costumes Abuenshie.
Service Vehicles: These should be provided for the district hospital Ako, Frontier police Ako AND Inspectorate of Basic Education, GHS Ako and GTHS Ako.
Unprotected Timber Exploitation: Timber in the forest of our border villages with Nigeria is being illegally exploited and taken to Nigeria unchecked.
Farmer/Grazier Problems: Farmers every year are victims of destruction to their farms caused by cattle rearers on transhumance. This has persistently remained unchecked.
Security: Because of the porous nature of our borders with Nigeria, more elements be posted to the police, Gendarmerie and BIR.
|Fanfare at Hon. Abe's homecoming|
Political commentators are of the opinion that the unexpected created by the mayor of Ako and the MP for the Ako/Misaje Special Constituency is a lesson to many a politician in the North West Region. A school of thought holds that a new breed of politician with character and conscience has seen the day in Ako and the yesteryear's political divide has been buried for good.
Coming up: Pictures of the Homecoming and the symbolic decoration of Hon. Abe Michael
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