Weija-Gbawe Constituency is one of the three constituencies in Ga South Municipal Assembly. The constituency is represented in Parliament by Hon. Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah who doubles as Deputy Minister for Health. The Member of Parliament took charge of the constituency on January 7, 2017 after she has won the seat overwhelmingly with 34,216 votes as against 25,087 votes, leaving a vote margin or difference of 9,129 ahead of her close contender-Ms. Obuobia Darko-Opoku who stood on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The constituency, since its inception in 2012 has been the stronghold of the NPP. Several attempts by the NDC to take control of the constituency have proved futile. The NDC has made two (2) unsuccessful attempts. The constituency has over ninety thousand registered voters with a voter population turn out of about 66.7% in the 2016 general elections.
One major problem in Weija-Gbawe Constituency is perennial flooding. Most households in the constituency are located in waterloggs which endanger their lives. The constituency over the years has recorded several death cases as a result of the perennial floods. Properties destroyed and people rendered homeless. This has attracted the attention of the Member of Parliament, Hon. Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah to visit the flood prone areas of the constituency and also advised constituents living in such areas to be extra vigilant to save their lives. The MP has mapped out strategies to handle the perennial flood in the constituency.
In the area of education, the constituency has 24 and over 40 Public and Private Basic Schools respectively. There are 3 Private Senior High Schools. The schools in the constituency are located in two (2) circuits; Gbawe and Weija.
The Public Basic Schools in Weija and Gbawe Circuits, among six (6) other circuits were ranked first and second positions with 63.8% and 63.5% percentage passes respectively in the overall performance analysis of the 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E).
The percentage passes for the two circuits clearly show that, about 36.2% and 36.5% of students/candidates fell below the percentage passes in Weija and Gbawe circuits respectively. This implies that, such students/candidates failed to obtain aggregates between 6 and 30.
Education in the constituency is dear to the heart of the Member of Parliament, Hon. Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah. This is why she intends to use part of the MP fund to set up an education fund to assist brilliant but needy pupils or students in the constituency. The education fund will also be used to run educational programmes to help pupils or students who performance abysmally. A mobile library will also be set up to make library materials available to children in the constituency to read.
Health is an important issue to every human being. It is often that, a sound mind resides in a healthy body; therefore it is prudent to stay healthy to develop a sound mind to go about normal activities as humans. The Ga south Municipal Hospital, popularly known as “Akawe” and Oblogo Clinic are the only government health facilities in the constituency. The Member of Parliament who doubles as the Deputy Minister for the Health Ministry is much concerned about Health. She intends to support the health facilities in the constituency as and when necessary in order to provide good healthcare delivery to constituents. As a mother of three (3), female and infant mortality issues are dear to her heart, hence she will work hard to reduce female and infant mortality to the barest minimum or eliminate such mortality entirely.
Women need to be empowered to be able to play roles to complement effort made by their husbands. When women are empowered, they turn to be useful to themselves, their family and societies in which they live. It is a fact that, women and children are the most vulnerable in society; therefore if women are empowered through empowerment programmes, they will be less vulnerable. The Member of Parliament, Hon. Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah is much aware of the plight of women in her constituency and therefore would play active and passive roles to assist women through comprehensive women empowerment programmes to position them to be useful to their family.
Infrastructural development, particularly road is another area which will be considered by the MP as part of opening up the constituency for development. All roads under construction in the constituency will be pursued by the MP. No road initiated by the NDC administration will be abandoned.
Youth unemployment is prevalent in Weija-Gbawe constituency. The teeming youth cannot find jobs to do in or outside of the constituency. This is a major issue and a worry to the Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister for Health, Hon. Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah. Job creation has always been a major challenge in Ghana; hence a large number of graduates cannot find jobs to do. This is a national issue which needs to be handled in a holistic manner. The MP has hinted that, she will lobby to ensure that, jobs are made available for the teeming youth in her constituency to do. She believes when constituents find jobs, they will have a sound mind and also contribute to the developmental agenda of the constituency.
I wish to use this means to appeal to constituents to be patient as plans are far advanced to handle all problems in the constituency.