GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING

ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE DISTRICT CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HON. ANTHONY MENSAH AT THE SECOND ORDINARY MEETING OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE THIRD ASSEMBLY OF THE ASUTIFI NORTH DISTRICT ASSEMBLY ON THURSDAY, 22ND JULY, 2021 AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL, KENYASI

Hon. Presiding Member,

Hon. Member of Parliament,

Hon. Assembly Members,

Heads of Department and Agencies,

The Media Houses present,

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am pleased to once again address the General Assembly at the Second Ordinary meeting of this session today, pursuant to the Local Governance Act 2016, Acts 936, Section 28, Sub-Section 1.

Hon Presiding Member, I wish to brief the house on the current state of affairs in the District and present to you the report from the Executive Committee meeting held recently.

1.0 Security

The security situation in the District has been relatively peaceful and calm. However, there is seemingly security threat due to the demonstration by some pockets of illegal miners operating in the concession of Newmont Ghana Gold limited at Ntotroso. In a related development, there was an intended demonstration by the members of a network of various civil society organization (ANCSONET) in the District against SGS Company regarding labour related disputes.

The timely intervention by DISEC has restored calm on the part of the aggrieved employees. Meanwhile, DISEC has constituted a five member ADHOC committee to investigate the labour related disputes and present a report for consideration and further action.

Still on security, considering the emerging theft cases in the District, it has become necessary to revisit the formation of neighbourhood watch committees.

Hon. Members are therefore urged to liaise with Nananom to come up with volunteers for them to be taken through the laid down procedures by the Ghana Police service.

2.0 Surge in Covid-19 Cases in the District

Hon. Presiding Member, data from the District Health Directorate reveals high increase in the COVID- 19 cases in the District. I therefore wish to use this forum to encourage everyone here to give the covid-19 public education the importance it deserves. Let us keep on with the regular hand washing, wearing of face mask, sanitizing, social distancing and regularly observe all the COVID-19 protocols.

3.0 Operationalization of Sub-Structures

Hon. Members, the sub- structures of the Assembly have successfully been operationalized. Again, capacity building workshop has been organized for all the Unit Committees and Town/Area Council members. Subsequently, thirty-five revenue items have been ceded to them for collection after which they would be entitled to 50% of the revenues to be collected.

4.0 Local Economic Development (LED)

Hon. Presiding member, 43 youth have been trained in soap making and welding and fabrication by the Assembly in collaboration with CDD.  The trainees have also been supported with a startup capital of GH₵5,000 each for soap making and GH₵1,500.00 each for welding and fabrication.

I hope this initiative will go a long way to boast the Local economy.

The Executive Committee held a meeting on Thursday, 13th July and tabled the following issues for discussion, information and approval by the General Assembly.

  1. Locked-up market stores

It was reported that some of the market stores at the Kenyasi lorry park were not operational as a result of which the stores are deteriorating. After extensive deliberation, the Committee recommended to the august House that, timeline should be given to such tenants after which they would be ejected if they do not operationalize the market stores.

  1. Proposed Construction Of 1 No. 6- Unit Classroom Block For Ntotroso Collage Of Nursing

The above project has already been approved by this august house and catered for in the budget. Due to scares nature of the land, the Executive Committee proposed that the project should be a story to make effective use of the land. It was therefore recommended for consideration by the General Assembly.

  1. Procurement of 2 No. 50KVA Generators

In the course of the deliberations, it came to light that, power outages disrupt effective and efficient functioning of the office of the District Assembly. The Executive Committee after thorough discussion recommended for consideration by the House for the procurement of 2 no. 50KVA generators, one for the administration block and the other for residencies of District Chief Executive and District Co-ordinating Director.

  1. WASH (Anam Initiative)

Hon members, I wish to inform you that, forty (40) boreholes have so far been drilled under the WASH programme, fifteen (15) in this year.

The additional water system for Kenyasi no.1 to curtail the perennial water problem in Kenyasi is has also reached 80% of completion stage

Hon presiding member, I am glad to inform you that nine (9) communities in our District have been certified as Open Defecation Free (ODF). They include; Abenako, Solomonkrom, Agravi, Binuyena, Oseikrom, Yaabeneagya, Panaaba, Owusu Ansah and Asempanaye.

It is my hope that, by the end of the ANAM initiative, water will be provided to every community in the district and sanitation generally improved.

  1. Formation Of Educational Improvement Committee

The Executive Committee has constituted a seven member Educational Improvement Committee to identify the factors affecting effective teaching and learning in basic schools in the District.

The committee is composed off the following:

  1. Hon. C.K. Yeboah – Chairman
  2. Hon. David Tawiah – Member
  3. Hon.Nana Gyan Katakyie – Member
  4. Mrs. Naomi Asantewaa – GES Director, Member
  5. The District Labour Officer – Member
  6. Serwaa Christiana (ADIIB) – Member Secretary.
  7. Mr. Daniel Oduro – District CHRAJ Officer

The committee has two and half month to submit its report/recommendations.

  1. District- Wide Rabies Vaccination

The Executive Committee has as a matter of urgency, tasked Management of the Assembly to release funds to the Department of Agriculture to carry out District-wide Rabies Vaccination.

Hon. Assembly Members are therefore urged to sensitize and encourage their electorates to avail their dogs for vaccination.

On this note, Hon. Member, I wish to solicit your co-operation and active involvement in the deliberations for fruitful resolutions.

Thank you for your attention.

May God bless us all.

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESENTED AT THE SECOND ORDINARY MEETING OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE THIRD ASSEMBLY OF THE ASUTIFI NORTH DISTRICT ASSEMBLY ON THURSDAY, 22ND JULY 2021 AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL, KENYASI.

The Executive Committee met on Thursday, 13th July and tabled the following for discussion, information and approval by the General Assembly.

  1. Locked-up market stores

It was reported that most of the market stores at the lorry park were not operational as a result of which the stores are deteriorating. After extensive deliberation, the Executive Committee recommended to the august House that, timeline should be given to such tenants after which they would be ejected if they do not operationalize the market stores.

  1. Proposed Construction Of 1 No. 6- Unit Classroom Block For Ntotroso Collage Of Nursing

The above project has already been approved by this august house and catered for in the budget. Considering scares nature of the land, the Executive Committee proposed that the project should be a story to make effective use of the land. It was therefore recommended for consideration by the General Assembly.

  1. Procurement of 2 No. 50KVA Generators

In the course of deliberation, it came to the fore that, power outages disrupt effective and efficient functioning of the office of the District Assembly. The Executive Committee after thorough discussion recommended for consideration by the House the procurement OF 2 no. 50KVA generators, one for the administration block and the other for residencies of District Chief Executive and District Co-ordinating Director.

  1. WASH (ANAM INITIATIVE)

Hon members, I wish to inform you that, forty (40) boreholes have so far been drilled under the WASH project, fifteen (15) in this year.

The new water system at Kenyasi no.1 to curtail the perennial water problem in Kenyasi is smoothly on course.

Hon presiding member, I am glad to inform you that nine (9) communities in our District have been certified as open defecation free. They include; Abenako, Solomonkrom, Agravi, Binuyena, Osei kromu, Yaabeneagya, Panaaba, Owusu Asanh, Asempanaye

It is my hope that, by the end of the ANAM initiative, water will be provided to every community in the district and sanitation generally improved.

  1. Formation Of Educational Improvement Committee

The Executive Committee has constituted a seven member Educational Improvement Committee to identify the factors affecting effective teaching and learning in basic schools in the District.

The committee is composed off the following:

  1. Hon. C.K. Yeboah –        Chairman
  2. Hon. David Tawiah – Member
  3. Hon.Nana Gyan Katakyie – Member
  4. Mrs. Naomi Asantewaa – GES Director, Member
  5. The District Labour Officer – Member
  6. Serwaa Christiana (ADIIB) – Member Secretary.
  7. Mr. Daniel Oduro – District CHRAJ

The committee has two and half month to submit its report/recommendations.

  1. District- Wide Rabies Vaccination

The Executive Committee has as a matter of urgency, tasked Management of the Assembly to release funds to the Department of Agriculture to carry out District-wide Rabies Vaccination.

Hon. Assembly Members are therefore urged to sensitize and encourage their electorates to avail their dogs for vaccination.

The Assembly members deliberated on the both  the District Chief Executive Speech as well as the Executive committee report and was accepted by house as a working document.

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