Mahama promises to pay assembly members monthly allowance

The flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Mahama, has assured assembly members that the party will work closely with them to deepen their role in governance should it win the December polls.

Mr Mahama said as the first point of contact for the resolution of many issues in electoral areas, assembly members require support from the government to enable them to effectively discharge their enormous responsibilities.

Addressing a meeting with the Ghana Association of Assembly Members (GAAM) at his office in Accra, the former president observed that not only do assembly members attend to the day-to-day needs of the people, but also serve as community development agents.

Mr Mahama 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 flag bearer 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 benefits of those projects.

Touching on COVID-19, Mr Mahama said he had urged the government to involve 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.

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