The 2016 Parliamentary Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Kumbungu Constituency, Ras Mubarak has said that his major priorities are to promote quality education and strengthen the agricultural sector which employs over 80% of the people in the area.
According to him, the agricultural sector had the potential to transform the lives of the people and boost the local economy, if given the needed attention.
Speaking at a well attended rally held at Zangbalon near Kumbungu, Mr. Mubarak said he would ensure that the farmers in the constituency get all the needed modern equipment and support to improve their productivity.
Meanwhile, the Kumbungu District is one of the leading agricultural areas in the Northern Region, where most of the food crops such as yam, maize, groundnuts, okro, pepper and millet among others are produced. Some of the farmers or inhabitants are also into livestock and fishing production.
However, Mr. Ras Mubarak believed that the people's economic situation could be better enhanced through massive investment in the agricultural sector.
With his vast experience as a Communicator and Social Worker, the Former Unique Fm icon assured of lobbying the appropriate sources and authorities to provide tractors, combined harvesters and other essential farm inputs to make the agric business more attractive to the people especially the youth. "We have a lot of lands, water and human capital to move the agricultural sector to a different level in order to make Kumbungu a central point for all agro businesses".
The NDC Parliamentary Candidate said that, more efforts would be made to develop the road infrastructure in Kumbungu as well to facilitate agricultural and other economic activities.
Currently, the NDC government he noted had already tarred the Tamale-Kumbungu main road and was also working on the Kumbungu-Dalun and Kumbungu-Gbulun roads as well as other relevant infrastructure.
Mr. Mubarak who has embarked on community-by-community campaign rallies to woo majority of the electorates to vote for the NDC in the December polls, said that his vision for the education sector was to ensure massive infrastructure (Classrooms, teachers accommodation and libraries) to enhance quality teaching and learning.
He has also promised to establish Kumbungu Educational Endowment Fund to support the needy but brilliant students, computer supply to schools and provision of teaching and learning materials.
Mr. Ras Mubarak noted that the Endowment Fund would receive inflows from his share of MPs common fund and remittances from other influential sons and daughters of Kumbungu living inside and outside Ghana.
Mr. Mubarak who is keenly contesting the seat with the incumbent Member of Parliament, Moses Amadu Yahaya of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) and Iddrisu Muktar Dems of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) insisted that the Kumbungu seat could never elude the NDC for a second time.
He said that the unprecedented provision of infrastructure and other social amenities by the John Dramani Mahama's government to people was sufficient to sail him and the President through the election.
He was particularly confident for victory following what he termed as "unshakable show of unity" among the leadership and supporters of the NDC coupled with the support he was receiving from all the defeated candidates in the party's primaries and the two Former MPs, Lawyer Mohammed Mumuni and Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu.
At the Zangbalon rally, the District Chief Executive for Kumbungu and all the defeated candidates mounted the platform sequentially to campaign for Mr. Ras Mubarak. The 2016 Parliamentary Candidate of the NDC therefore promised to defeat the incumbent Member of Parliament, Moses Amadu Yahaya and bring back the Kumbungu seat to the NDC. The NDC had occupied the seat since 1992 but lost it to the CPP in 2013 in a bye election.