DISTRICT LEVEL TRAINING ON BACK TO SCHOOL ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

A 37 Member District Level Education Advocacy Task Force has been formed to appeal to parents, guardians, about the need to send their children back to school, using various platforms, channels and strategies. The education taskforce was formed during a workshop on Friday, January 22nd 2021. Participants were divided into groups and areas apportioned within the district namely, Prampram, Ningo, Ahwiam, Mobole, Mataheko, Nmetsokope, Mangotsonya and Afienya. The team targeted churches, schools, clinics, weighing centers, mosques, and public spaces within the various communities in the district.

The formation of the taskforce became necessary after a research reveals that most children are reluctant to go back to the classroom after schools closed for the covid-19 pandemic, while other students have fallen pregnant or have become young mothers. The Education Ministry has also come up with a program which makes it possible to receive girls who have delivered to school to continue their education in the earliest possible time. Through a program dubbed “back to school campaign, prevention of pregnancy &re-entry of young mothers”.

During the workshop, issues of safe school environment, prevention of pregnancy and re-entry of young mothers, and addressing psychological impact of covid-19 on school personnel were discussed. The District Education Director for Shai-Osudoku who also oversees Ningo-Prampram, Mrs. Elizabeth Awoonor –Williams in her opening address said she was happy about today’s important Program, she said there was the need to train the team on back to school advocacy campaign and dissemination guidelines among people to go back to school, with the right message.

She said with the current pandemic it is expected that some children will drop out if deliberate attempt is not made to encourage them return to class as school has resumed. She said the training is being done in all 16 regions, and in NiPDA, there are 37 participants who will work hard to achieve our aim. In another presentation, Mr. Nii Ayikuma Tiekuban a facilitator said statistics show that the girl child in the early years who are mostly in the JSH are unaware of sex education, so they become pregnant without knowing and hence drop out of school, he urged parents to educate their children at home on sex education, especially on the need to abstain until she or he completes school. The Programme is being led by the Education Ministry, with the support from UNICEF and Plan International Ghana.

ISD/ NINGO-PRAMPRAMFRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2021

DCE FOR NINGO-PRAMPRAM AND SOME HEALTH WORKERS RECEIVE COVID-19 JAB

Over 700 health workers and some selected government officials in the Ningo-Prampram District are expected to receive their first Covid -19 jab which is aimed at having a strong health workforce and curbing the spread of the disease in the district. The exercise has started today 26th and expected to cover all the designated persons. The DCE was the first to take his vaccine as a way of boosting confidence in the other health workers.

The District Health Director Madam Gifty Ansah said the vaccine has come to boost the system of individuals so they don’t have much effect of the virus even if they get the disease. She said the after effects of the jab may include fever, redness of the spot where the injection has been given, diarrhea and weakness which may be peculiar to the individual and may last for a week.

She added that if the symptoms last for more than one week, the individuals should report at the Health Centre for treatment. She however urged all to continue observing the laid down protocols in order to reduce the spread of the Covid -19 ISD- NINGO- PRAMPRAM 26TH MARCH 2021

DCE PRESENTS 180 DESKS TO THE EDUCATION DIRECTORIATE.

The District Chief Executive for Ningo Prampram, Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku has once again presented 180 desks to the Education Directorate in fulfillment of a promise made in 2017 when he assumed office to provide a thousand (1000) pieces of school desks each year to schools in the district. In view of this, close to 5000 school desks have been distributed to various schools. The presentation which was made on March 16, was funded from the District Assembly Common Fund.

The DCE also revealed that in fulfillment of a promise made after the first phase of the renovation of the Education Office and the promise for some schools in the district, a contract for the second phase of the renovation is almost ready to provide adequate space for staff in the Education Unit to enhance their work, also the construction of a six-unit classroom block will commence in the coming week.

This, he said forms part of the government’s effort of adding to infrastructure as far as education is concerned. He therefore called on various companies and Non-Governmental Agencies to get involved in the provision and development of educational infrastructure as a way their Cooperate Social Responsibilities. Receiving the donation, The District Director of Education, Mrs. Sarah Adibrosu expressed her gratitude indicating that the donation came at the right time. She stated that the desks will be distributed accordingly and proper maintenance will also be ensured. She urged that subsequent desks should be mono desks to ensure social distancing since we are in the era of the Covid- 19 pandemic.

She however appealed for more in terms of furniture, sanitation, and toilet facilities in the various schools, stating that their needs are numerous. The DCE however mentioned that plans are underway for more school buildings and sanitary facilities in all schools. SOURCE: ISD, NINGO-PRAMPRAM

16th March, 2021

DISTRICT LEVEL TRAINING ON BACKTO SCHOOL ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

A 37 Member District Level Education Advocacy Task Force has been formed to appeal to parents, guardians, about the need to send their children back to school, using various platforms, channels and strategies. The education taskforce was formed during a workshop on Friday, January 22nd 2021. Participants were divided into groups and areas apportioned within the district namely, Prampram, Ningo, Ahwiam, Mobole, Mataheko, Nmetsokope, Mangotsonya and Afienya.

The team targeted churches, schools, clinics, weighing centers, mosques, and public spaces within the various communities in the district. The formation of the taskforce became necessary after a research reveals that most children are reluctant to go back to the classroom after schools closed for the covid-19 pandemic, while other students have fallen pregnant or have become young mothers. The Education Ministry has also come up with a Programme which makes it possible to receive girls who have delivered to school to continue their education in the earliest possible time.

Through a programme dubbed “back to school campaign, prevention of pregnancy & re-entry of young mothers”. During the workshop, issues of safe school environment, prevention of pregnancy and re-entry of young mothers, and addressing psychological impact of covid-19 on school personnel were discussed. The District Education Director for Shai-Osudoku who also oversees Ningo-Prampram, Mrs. Elizabeth Awoonor –Williams in her opening address said she was happy about today’s important Programme, she said there was the need to train the team on back to school advocacy campaign and dissemination guidelines among people to go back to school, with the right message.

She said with the current pandemic it is expected that some children will drop out if deliberate attempt is not made to encourage them return to class as school has resumed. She said the training is being done in all 16 regions, and in NiPDA, there are 37 participants who will work hard to achieve our aim. In another presentation, Mr. Nii Ayikuma Tiekuban a facilitator said statistics show that the girl child in the early years who are mostly in the JSH are unaware of sex education, so they become pregnant without knowing and hence drop out of school, he urged parents to educate their children at home on sex education, especially on the need to abstain until she or he completes school. The Programme is being led by the Education Ministry, with the support from UNICEF and Plan International Ghana .

ISD/ NINGO-PRAMPRAM

FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2021

SOD-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR A 10 BED GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL IN DAWHENYA

A sod has been cut for the construction of a 10 bed Government Hospital in Dawhenya, the project is expected to be completed within 6 months from the start of work. This became possible after a Private –Public Partnership (PPP) agreement was reached between the Assembly and the Melcom Group of Companies Ghana. The Greater Accra Regional Minister Hon. Ishmeal Ashitey in his address said the project was an important one which would complement Government’s policy of bringing health care to the doors steps of the inhabitants of Dawhenya and its environments. He added that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana is focused on health promotion and prevention through the provision of primary health care through the National Health Insurance Scheme to achieve a universal health coverage. Hence the direction of all MMDA’S to secure lands for the construction of district hospitals.

The Regional Minister described Dawhenya as the hub of most businesses in the district which connects many towns hence the siting of the project, He urged all stakeholders especially contractors to act with speed to do a good job to its successful completion. The DCE for the area Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku said the land which is sited near ARS junction covers 8 acres but 4 acres had been made available for the hospital project, an office for the assembly, a shopping mall, lockable shops and a car park to make the area a business hub. The remaining 4 acres is reserved for future development. He noted that the shopping mall, the lockable shops and the car park is a BOT (Build, Operate Transfer) project. Meaning the investor after putting up these facilities will operate it for a number of years to recoup their investment after which the Assembly would take over the facility. The 10 bed government hospital and the office is being done for the assembly at no cost to the assembly as part of social cooperate responsibilities of the investor.

The DCE said plans are underway to replicate similar plans in Tsopoli and Afienya areas. Mr. Francis Sam, Group General Manager of Melcom Group of Companies said they were happy about the partnership , he said they hope to work for the good intent of the project, he said Melcom has a Social Resonsibily Agenda in areas of education, health, and social so such a project is a way of fulfilling its CSR responsibilities. Nene Tetteh Wakah III, the Paramount Chief of Prampram Traditional Area was happy to witness the ceremony he said as a Development Chief he would support any effort which brings development to the area, he called on any individual who has an issue with the setting of the project or the land to visit him in his palace for amicable discussions to the understanding of all parties. He called on government to speed up the finishing work on construction of the Assembly Complex in Prampram, and also construct a district office annex in Dawhenya to serve people in the area so they don’t have to travel to Prampram to access services. All speakers called for all individuals to guard against violence in the general elections that is a few days ahead, they stressed on the need for an incident free election.

ISD NINGO-PRAMPRAMTHURSDAY 3RD DEC. 2020

DISTRICT ASSEMBLY SUPPORTS 54 PWD”S WITH ITEMS

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ningo-Prampram honorable Jonathan Teye Doku has on behalf of the Assembly supported 54 Persons with Disabilities within the district. The donation which is the 4th time of its kind was funded through the 3% share of the District Assembly Common Fund meant for Persons with Disability (PWD) The occasion witnessed 44 PWD’s being supported with items worth a little over GH₵ 99,000.00 and 10 receiving financial support of about GH₵ 24,000.00 for school fees and medical bills. The items included freezers 26, 40 bags of charcoal, 105 bags of cement, 10 bags of maize, 15,000 worth of scratch cards a knitting machine, diapers, wheelchairs, two embroidery machines, a laptop, two 2000 Liter poly tanks, two gas ovens, 4 bags each of flour, sugar and margarine and two cylinders. The DCE in his address stated that, since the inception of the Nana Akuffo Addo led government, a decision was taken not to handover monies to physically challenged persons and so beneficiaries go through a process of applying to the District Assembly, stating what they want.

He however mentioned that there are a lot of PWD’s that needs to be supported but due to insufficient funds, only a few are selected and their request granted. He gave a history about the percentage of the fund allocated which was 2% and was further increased to 3% when the current government took power however, he added that efforts are being made to increase the percentage to 5% in other to cater for more beneficiaries.

The DCE, revealed that preparations were underway for the construction of a Resource Centre to train and give some skills to the PWDs so that they will be able to cater for themselves and not become a burden to the society. He called on all to emulate the peaceful conduct exhibited during the special voting which took place the previous day, 1st of December to ensure a peaceful elections on the 7th of December 2020.The chairman of the Physically Challenged Association in the district, Mr. Benjamin Ntiamoah on behalf of the beneficiaries expressed their appreciation to the government and the DCE for the initiative to help the less privileged and urged the beneficiaries to utilize the items and cash donations received wisely.

ISD-NINGO-PRAMPRAMWEDNESDAY, 2ND DEC. 2020

DCE FOR NINGO-PRAMPRAM URGES ASSEMBLY MEMBERS TO PROMOTE PEACE WITHIN THE DISTRICT.

Newly inaugurated Assembly Members of the Ningo Prampram Assembly have been called upon by their District Chief Executive (DCE) to peacefully co- exist with the Chiefs and Elders of the Two Traditional Councils especially as the Country enters the electioneering season, he said there is the need to use every available platform to preach peace. Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku added that in the year, there had been special police and military interventions that helped to forestall security challenges, and that singular intervention has placed a toll on the financial laurels of the Assembly.

The DCE said this in his Sessional Address at the Second Meeting of the First Session of the Third Assembly of the Ningo Prampram District Assembly. The DCE reminded the Assembly members who were inaugurated on the 23rd January this year following the December 7, 2019 District Level Elections that the Section 28 (1) and (2a) of the Local Governance Act 2016, gives him the right to brief the “House” on Government policies as well as on the status of policy planning and implementation in his tenure of office. From 2017 to date, Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku updated the Assembly in the sectors of Social Welfare, Education, Health, Security, and in other important sectors.

ADMINISTRATION

The DCE over the years has overseen the day to day administration of the District and as a result many successes have been attained.

HEALTH

The DCE outlined the effort made as far as the Covid -19 pandemic is concerned and the successes that were chalked, according to him, measures were put in place to control and prevent the spread of the pandemic, there was the formation of the District Emergency Public Health Committee (DPHEC)and the team was tasked to distribute veronica buckets, and sanitary items to various public places such as markets, lorry, okada taxi stations, to promote hand washing, several sensitization and public announcements were carried out in every corner of the district as public education all in an effort to control the spread of the disease. According to him, the district over the years has made a positive impact in the areas of, Malaria and cholera, reduction and prevention, however HIV/AIDS continues to dominate the district, he called on members to liaise with Chiefs, Peer Educators, and Health Personnel to continue to promote publicity on covid-19 and its protocols and also HIV/AIDS prevention. There was also the construction of 2 CHPS Compounds in Mobole and Ayetepa all in an effort to promote the health of the constituents in the district.

EDUCATION

The attention of management over the period has been focused on the provision of critical educational infrastructure such as the provision of school buildings and furniture. In all 14 schools have been either completed or at their advance stages of completion. In the area of furniture supply, there was the distribution of dual desks, teachers tables, Kindergarten tables and chairs ,and Junior High School tables and chairs .In all 53 schools benefited from the supply of the furniture,

SOCIAL WELFARE

The Assembly through its relevant department has offered social welfare services, in all, 36 communities with a total number of 1,183 beneficiaries have benefited from the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme, and with the School Feeding Programme, a total of 6790 pupils benefited from 20 schools

SECURITY

The DCE in his remark thanked Security Personnel, the Police, Military, BNI Fire Service for conducting regular patrols to control crime and taking prompt actions on information about criminal activities and chieftaincy issues he called on them to keep up the good work.

AGRICULTURE

In the area of agriculture, Hon, Jonathan Teye Doku remarked that agriculture has created about 35% of jobs for both the youth and elderly, it has also contributed substantially to the district’s GDP and food security. He used the opportunity to invite all present to grace this year’s district Farmers Day Celebration which will be held in Tsopoli.

PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED FROM 2017 TO 2020

A total of 38 projects were implemented during the period, ranging from the construction of a 3- Unit Bedroom Semi-Detached Teachers Bungalow, Completion of a 3-Unit Classroom for Islamic School at Prampram, Construction of 12 Seater Toilet Facility for Prampram SHS, Rehabilitation of Office for MASLOC (New Ningo) Renovation of Area Council Office Block (Old Ningo) Construction of Market Sheds at Miotso, Prampram, Old Ningo among many other important projects. Most of the projects are completed, and others ongoing. The Presiding Member for Ningo-Prampram, Hon. Solomon Djangmah cautioned workers to exhibit professionalism in their field of work, he called on technocrats to do their best to submit documents early enough to enable Assembly Members have a fair idea on documents so they can make meaningful contributions during meetings, he added that technocrats are supposed to help the political leadership achieve their goals.He also cautioned the Revenue Taskforce of the Assembly and the Internally Generated Staff (IGF Staff) to be professional and perform the work for which they are being paid, in order to promote development in the area.

The meeting witnessed the approval of a number of important documents such as the 2019/2020 Reviewed Budget, the 2020/2021 Composite Budget, the Model Standing Orders of the Assembly and the Fee Fixing Document. The New Coordinating Director of the District, Alhaji Mohammed Avona Akape also gave meaningful advice that would go a long way to advance the betterment of management and staff.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020.

ISD, NINGO-PRAMPRAM

DCE DONATES 500 TABLES AND CHAIRS TO THE EDUCATION DIRECTORATE-1st October 2020

The District Chief Executive for Ningo Prampram Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku has once again fulfilled a promise he made when he assumed office in 2017 to provide a thousand (1,000) pieces of school desks each year to schools in his jurisdiction. Already close to 4,000 school desks have been distributed to various schools. He made the statement when he handed over 500 pieces of tables and chairs to the Education Directorate for onward distribution to schools in the district on Thursday, 1st October. He urged the directorate to impress upon the teachers to help take good care of the furniture. He added that the Assembly through the vision of the government is committed to invest in education both infrastructure, and human resource to among other things better the performance of students. The DCE also mentioned the inclusion of nursery schools in the 2021 budget of the Assembly so they can also benefit from the Assembly’s projects in the district. Receiving the donation, the District Director of Education, Madam Beatrix Ollennu, expressed her gratitude for the donation and commended the Assembly for its unreserved passion for the Educational Sector in the district making references to other projects by the Assembly such as the construction of an 8 bedroom teachers bungalow at Prampram Senior High School, construction of classroom blocks, the cutting of sod for a six unit classroom block amongst others. The NPP Parliamentary Aspirant for Ningo-Prampram, Mr. Alex Martey, who was also present for the donation said the donation shows how committed the Government is to improve the educational sector in the country. He therefore urged that the President is given another chance so that he can do more in order to fulfill his vision completely.

BY: ISD, NINGO-PRAMPRAM