Joseph Cudjoe, Member of Parliament for Effia in the Western Region, solemnly pledges his unwavering commitment to continue his vision to work assiduously to transform Effia into a model constituency.
The sod-cutting ceremony by Joseph Cudjoe comes barely 48 hours after he lost his parliamentary primaries. He owes his transformation from a young and ambitious boy to now a Member of Parliament and a Minister of State to Effia and insisted that “nothing will ever make me turn my back on them.”
Joseph Cudjoe pledged when he cut sod for work to begin on a 12-unit classroom block with a 6-unit sanitary facility at the Effia Methodist School.
Recalling his time as an assistant school prefect at Effia Methodist Primary School, where “we had to be loaded up in one classroom,” the member of parliament promised that “a time will come where there will be enough classrooms to take fewer students.” Even at that young age, he saw this as a “disincentive to interactive teaching.”
“I cannot stress enough the importance of education and the benefits thereof. The amount of money spent on education is what drives the development of nations like the United States and the United Kingdom. So, we all must prioritize education.”
“And just as a Member of Parliament and a Minister of State was produced here at the Effia Methodist School, I hope out of this 12-unit complex will come another great Statesman.”
Municipal Director of Education Kate Biney applauded Joseph Cudjoe and expressed the confidence that, when completed, the project will contribute to reducing the student-per-classroom ratio challenge for effective teaching and learning.
“I will be happy to see it put to use before I leave office.”
In response to a query about whether the setback will cause him to rethink his 2024 work schedule, Joseph Cudjoe stated that nothing would alter.
“I continue to serve as Effia’s parliamentary representative until a new MP is sworn in. I swore an oath to work on their behalf to attract the necessary development, a mandate I believe I have carried out diligently.
“I wanted to do more. Unfortunately, my party delegates think otherwise. I respect and have accepted their decision.
“I sent him a congratulatory message and to date he has not replied,” said Member of Parliament Lawyer Yaw Boamah-Nyarko in response to a question about whether he had gotten in touch with the parliamentary primaries winner.
“To guarantee that NPP votes are safeguarded and the seat is kept at all costs, I will back the new candidate.”