Politics of Sunday, 2 February 2020
Source: Anthony Mensah, Contributor
Representatives of the Member of Parliament for Sekondi Constituency, led by the immediate past chairman for the constituency Mr. Erasmus Baidoo, have picked nomination form on behalf of Hon Andrew Mercer for the upcoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) Primaries to elect aspiring Parliamentary Candidates for the Non Orphan constituencies ahead of 2020 Election.
Speaking to the media, Mr Baidoo said the sitting Member of Parliament has the capacity to retain the seat for New Patriotic Party in the upcoming General Election should the party maintain his candidature.
He said, Hon. Mercer’s remarkable performance as a first time Member of Parliament deserves a second term to complete all projects he has started within the constituency.
He emphasized that his leadership has brought significant development in areas such as education where he recounted the scholarship scheme he has instituted within the constituency to help brilliant but needy students at different levels of education and the expansion of existing school buildings within the constituency.
Other remarkable achievements include working hard to see improvements in the road infrastructure within the constituency. He disclosed that the road infrastructure includes asphalt overlay which has already commenced on all major deplorable roads within the constituency.
It also includes sod cutting for the construction of fresh roads in some areas which have never witnessed asphaltic roads. This project will commence in March this year and be completed before the end of the year.
In the area of recreational as well as sports development, Hon. Mercer has successfully lobbied both GNPC and Ghana Gas to develop not one but two states of the art Astroturf community parks at Methodist Park and Adiembra park to be completed by mid-year.
On healthcare, Hon. Andrew Mercer has developed a strong collaborative arrangement with Auburn University in the USA since 2017 to provide annual medical screenings and medication for the Sekondi Constituency.
One of the key projects in the pipeline that is dear to him because he envisages it to be the anchor project that will attract other industries and transform Sekondi back to its glory days, is the proposed expansion of the Takoradi Harbour to Sekondi Naval Base with oil processing industries.
To make this vision a reality, Hon. Mercer has been working assiduously with the Ministry of Transport and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to get this massive project commenced this year, considering that the designated area has been declared a port area by an Executive Instrument (EI) signed in July 2019 by His Excellency the President.
This will be welcome news to the teeming youths in Sekondi and its environs with respect to significant job opportunities.
Another key project in the pipeline that most citizens of Sekondi are passionate about and will help transform the economy of the city, is the construction of a new Market which will take advantage of the refurbished railways in Sekondi to spur trade in the city. Hon. Andrew Mercer is working diligently with key stakeholders to make the commencement of this project occur this year.
With all the ongoing developmental projects in education, roads, social amenities, recreation, healthcare, sports as well as the key developmental projects in the pipeline such as the port expansion and new state of the art market, Mr Baidoo extended his humble request to all delegates within the constituency to give Hon Mercer a resounding victory at the delegate congress to confirm his candidature for the 2020 polls to help NPP retain the seat for constituency and continue with the developmental projects he’s commenced in Sekondi.