By Juldeh Njie The aspiring NAM for Old Yundum Constituency Abdoullahi Mendy alias Pacco Wednesday held his first press conference to outline his plans ahead of the national assembly election. “My symbol will be a torch light symbolizing the path to transparency and accountability because over the years public officials embezzled state resources that have never been accounted for,” he told journalists at the Kairaba Beach Hotel. Mendy further highlighted that he will advocate for the teaching of the constitution which will be included in the school curricular especially from Junior Secondary School onwards, saying “This will help enhance citizens’ knowledge on the dictates of the law. “I will do my best if elected to be among NAMs who will add their voices during debates on law, conventions and declarations that will promote, safeguard and protect children, women, Gender base violence etc,” he said. He reaffirmed his commitment to advocate for the introduction of local languages as a medium of communication in the Assembly during sittings to enable those who cannot speak English understand the discussions or bills on the assembly flow. “I am aware that the constituency is faced with numerous constraints, especially during the rainy season due to poor road networks, but I want to assure you that if you elect me into office I will do all I can to ensure that those constraints are put to rest,” he said. He continued: “I am also aware that villages like Jabang, Mariama Kunda among others are yet to benefit from electricity, water, accessible roads and hospitals, but be assured that all these issues will be properly dealt with during my tenure in office”. He promised to create an office in the constituency that will enable the communities to come up with their own proposals through the various Village Development Committees (VDCs). “I will also set up interim committees from all the 14 villages where villagers will summit their complaints for effective representation.” Mendy further vowed the coastal road market will undergo complete overhaul in order to meet required standards. “I will also lobby for a district wrestling arena which will provide a platform for our youngsters who have interest in the sport to harness their potentials. “Students and schools within the 14 villages will benefit from Inter- School competitions in various areas and prizes will be given to the deserving schools in collaboration with the district sports committee,” he added.]]>
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