Dr Bandie, The Man To Beat Bagbin?
In the last general election in 2008, the Lawra-Nandom Constituency was described as the hottest constituency during the parliamentary election because of what was described as the pedigree of the candidates of the competing parties.
Today, the situation has shifted to the Nadowli West Constituency, where the entry of Dr Boye Bandie, a development consultant and lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa Campus, has raised the stakes so high that it is said that the decision of Dr Bandie is sending shivers down the spines of supporters of the NDC.Dr Bandie was elected unopposed as the parliamentary candidate for the NPP at the weekend to challenge the incumbent NDC Member of Parliament for the area and Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Mr Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin.
This is because of Dr Bandie's contribution to the development of the area through his non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Sustainable Integrated Development Services Centre (SIDSEC), of which he is the Executive Director.
In an interaction with the Daily Graphic in Wa, Dr Bandie said his vision was for the NPP to become the party of choice in the constituency and convincingly win the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections there through co-ordinated action and the participation of all key stakeholders in the campaign process.
"I will inject fresh and progressive ideas into the constituency development agenda and also promote unity, peace and harmony among the people," he added.
He called on the people to support him to change the face of politics in Nadowli West and added that the time had come for a new face to represent the constituency at the national level.
Born 50 years ago, Dr Bandie had both his Ordinary and Advanced level General Certificate of Education (GCE) at the Tamale Secondary School between 1972 and 1979, after which he pursued Bachelor of Science in Development Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), completing successfully in 1985.
Just before he completed his national service, he was offered a two-year scholarship by the German government to pursue further studies, which took him to Dortmund in 1987 where he pursued a one-year programme in Regional Development Planning and Management.
He returned to Ghana and pursued a master's degree programme in Development Planning and Management at KNUST in 1989.From there, he enrolled with the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Cape Coast to pursue a doctorate programme, completing and being awarded the degree in 2003.Dr Bandie was also once a member of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the Nadowli District Assembly.In his desire to support basic education in the district, he established SIDSEC in 1999, a local NGO which is presently engaged in infrastructural improvement, school feeding, the provision of teaching and learning materials, income-generation for women and capacity building for teachers and school management structures.Dr Bandie has also worked with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development as a team leader and development planning advisor for the local government development project (URBAN III) for the Wa, Bolgatanga and Bawku municipal assemblies.
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Mr. Boye Bandie, Executive Secretary of SIDSEC announced this on Wednesday when he jointly inaugurated one of the newly constructed 180 million cedi block of classrooms at Goli in the Nadowli District.
He said apart from the classrooms, SIDSEC would also organise training workshops to upgrade the skills of teachers in the district to put up their best for the good performance of the school children in the area.The Executive Secretary warned parents against the withdrawal of their children from school for marriages and child labour as that could impede the progress of the children.Mr. Bandie gave the assurance that SIDSEC would soon introduce a supplementary feeding programme to retain the children in school and also institute an award scheme that would stimulate competition among the students in the district.He said SIDSEC would also introduce a micro-credit loan scheme for parents to enable them to take good care of their children at school and advised parents to invest in their children so that they could become self-reliant in future.
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