Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema East, Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, has pledged to front the development needs of his constituency through any means possible, urging residents in the area to have confidence in him.
The former Mayor for Tema under the erstwhile Mahama administration told host Kwame Minkah on Power 97.9 FM Tuesday the votes he garnered in the December elections meant the people needed a change in leadership in the area tobe able to accelerate development in the industrial enclave.
“Before I was voted to be MP, I had campaigned in the area and had had an appreciation of the challenges of the residents and have started working on some of the promises I made to the people,” Mr Odamtten noted.
He mentioned of arrangements made with authorities to improve on the security of residents of Tema, adding that the sanitation situation will be tackled as he has planned to collaborate with the local authorities to ensure the city is clean.
“Tema has developed over the years and when I was in office, we [the NDC government] made several initiatives to work on the sewage system… For instance, in 2016, we changed over 1,000 pipes to allow for the flow of waste water,” the MP said as he admitted that the city keeps expanding with new settlers increasing the population from about 700,000 to 1,000, 000.
He said he will have to advocate for projects that will make human settlement in the area worth living, hinting of a tour that will help him get first hand information of other emerging challenges such as unmotorable roads, water shortages and other challenges in the area.
Mr Odamtten believes lobbying development partners for specific projects can also tackle some challenges of the people which the central government may not have ready resources to initiate at a given time.
“There are other projects we can do if common fund is not available, say World Bank projects and other develpmental bodies can be lobbied to embark on some of the projects for us,” he said and urged “the people should have confidence in me that I will work for them.