DCE ENGAGES WITH STAKEHOLDERS ON PFM AT THE CHURCH OF PENTECOST, TSOPOLI, ON MONDAY 20TH JULY, 2020

The management of the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly, led by the District Chief Executive, Hon. Jonathan Doku has organized a stakeholders meeting on Public Financial Management (PFM) Information for the community members in Tsopoli and its environs. The DCE interacted with participants on varying issues including deplorable road networks within the Tsopoli community, small size of the newly constructed Tsopoli market, difficulty in acquiring building permit as well as exorbitant fees charged.

Participants were also concerned over poor sanitation especially air pollution from FABRIMETAL company and indiscriminate open defecation. Responding to these key concerns, Hon. Doku stated that the Internally Generated Funds are woefully inadequate to construct tarred roads. The Assembly can periodically grade it to be motorable. More importantly, construction of roads is a major preserve of the Central Government.

Notwithstanding this, the feeder roads department has been contacted over deplorable roads in the district and plans are under way for central government to take over the construction of these roads. Relating to permit acquisition, hon. Doku sternly advised prospective applicants to desist from the use of middlemen to acquire permits. This he said is a contributive factor to the supposed exorbitant fees. He entreated all applicants to walk in to the District Works Department for enquires with the appropriate documents (site plan and indenture). He assured that applicants would receive their permits within two weeks. Though the DCE attested to the small size of the Tsopoli market, he entreated the leaders and community elders to operationalize it whiles the assembly makes preparations towards future expansion.

He further advised landlords to incorporate toilet facilities into their housing projects even though the assembly is constructing considerable number of public toilets for the deprived communities. He also assured the people that management of the assembly would meet with the FABRIMETAL company over regulations governing air pollution to avert any health implications. He added that the assembly would also make use of the district assembly by-laws (sent for gazette) to address the issue of open defecation.The meeting was held under the theme, improving service delivery, transparency and accountability through feedback and dialogue on local government budgets, plans and programs. Similar meetings had been held earlier at Ahwiam, Afienya, Dawhenya and Lekpongunor.

The meeting brought together profiled stakeholders in the Tsopoli community. Key amongst them were Nene Tetteh-tsu Dusey II Chief of Tsopoli, Hon. Blessing K. Addico Assembly Member, Hon. Hannah Appenteng, Gov’t Appointee, Amos Teye Unit Committee, John Ayumu (P.T.A) Chairman, Rev. Frank M. Tandoh Church of Pentecost, Tsopoli. Others are: Gabriel Cudjoe Anidaso Woho Gh. (NGO), Jonas Kwao Adjirakor Polling Executive, local associations and staff of the Assembly.Briefing the participants, the District Development Planning officer, Mr. Francis Essandah, disclosed that the Central Government mandates all the assemblies to periodically present to the communities, progress made by the assembly and plans for the future. He explained the significance of the District Assembly at the local level and residents’ civic roles and responsibilities.

He also educated the participants on the importance of payments of tolls and other fees to the District Assembly.In an elaborate presentation, he projected pictorial evidence of developmental projects the Assembly has executed. He reviewed the number of projects and activities undertaken in the year 2019 and the on-going projects in 2020, the cost of these projects, their respective locations and levels of completions. He informed participants that the projects were funded solely, from the tolls and taxes (Internally Generated Funds) the communities pay to the Districts Assembly.The projects spans across physical and non-physical projects in the areas of education, health, sanitation, feeder roads, donations and social welfare. The physical projects consist of construction and renovation of school blocks, teachers’ bungalows, CHPs compounds, storm drains, public toilets, markets and office accommodations.

The District Directorate of Agriculture also implemented 13 programmes to boost the agricultural sector in the district.The budget analyst, Ms. Ayorkor Ayayee addressing the gathering, mentioned that in as much as the Assembly is poised to developing the District, inadequate Internally Generated Funds (IGF) has derailed the developmental process. From her presentation, there has been a consistent deficit in the nominal budget for IGF and the actual amounts realized after revenue mobilization.

The major bottleneck attributable to this is, apathy on the part of residents and business operators. Refusal to pay tolls, royalties, taxes and rates accounts for the inadequate revenue mobilization, resulting in slow pace of development, she explained.The chief of Tsopoli, Nene Tetteh-tsu Dusey II, advised his subjects to diligently honor their civic responsibilities to the Assembly by paying their approved rates, taxes, royalties among others to accelerate development in the community and the district in general. He also encouraged all participants to support the opening of the Tsopoli market for economic activities to commence.The DCE, Hon. Jonathan Doku and the DCD, Mr. Ali Amadu Mohammed, thanked participants for their cooperation and significant contributions.

The DCD advised that those interested in the market should submit their names to the District Assembly for necessary documentation.Summary of some physical projectsProject Location % Of Work DoneComplete and furnish Ayetepa CHPS Compound Ayetepa 100%Construction of Class room Block Mataheko-Afienya 100%Construction of 6 unit, 1-Bedroom Semi-Detached Teachers bungalow Mangotsonya 100%Rehabilitation of 2No. 3-Unit Classroom Block and Administration Block at old PRAMSEC, Miotso 100% Miotso Construction of 30-Unit Market sheds at Miotso 100% Miotso Construction of 2×1.5M storm drain Old Ningo 100%Construction of 40-Unit Market Sheds at Tsopoli Tsopoli 100%

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DCE, NPP CANDIDATE AND B5 PLUS LTD DONATES TO VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS

The Ningo Prampram District Assembly led by the DCE, Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku in collaboration with B5 PLUS LIMITED has donated bags of 12.5 kilogram rice and a bag of assorted items each, comprising tin fish, tin tomatoes, milk powder, sugar, cooking oil, hand sanitizers, nose mask and detergents to a total of 300 vulnerable individuals and families in 3 communities namely Ningo, Prampram and Dawhenya.

The donation was in response to a request put forward by the DCE and the NPP Parliamentary candidate of the area Hon. Alex Martey.

At Old Ningo Presbyterian church, a total of 100 individuals who were selected in consultation with their various Assemblymen, Political and Traditional leaders, were given the items, they were grateful to the team for the kind gesture.

Similar presentations were made at the St. Joseph Anglican Church in Prampram, and the Apostolic Church in Dawhenya.

The DCE in presenting the items reminded the community members that the company, B5 PLUS, a steel production company was registered under the IDIF project, he said he was happy when the company agreed to their request to support the needy and vulnerable during this difficult period of the partial lockdown to mitigate the spread of the corona virus(COVID 19) he added, it was a humanitarian role and encouraged other companies within the District to emulate the example of B5 PLUS LTD.

The NPP Parliamentary Candidate for the Ningo-Prampram Constituency, Mr. Alex. Martey admonished the community members to abide by the Government protocols in reducing the spread of the disease, he educated them about the reality of COVID-19 and urged them to wash their hands regularly, use sanitizers, practice social distancing and use face masks as practicable as possible.

Jijo Sabastian, the Head of Audit at B5 PLUS LTD said the company believes in giving back to the society , he said management sees the donation as an opportunity to get to know potential customers in their jurisdiction in a bid to serve them better,

Earlier on Saturday, about 200 families and individuals also received similar packages in Tsopoli and Lakpleku bringing the total number to about 500 beneficiaries.

NINGO-PRAMPRAM DISTRICT FOLLOWS GOVERNMENT DIRECTIVE TO DISINFECT MAJOR MARKET CENTRES WITHIN THE DISTRICT

The DCE for Ningo Prampram Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku has led a team of task force made up of the Military, Environmental Officers, Heads of Department, Ambulance Team, and other voluteers to disinfect the major trading centres by spraying with the chlorine medicine according to government’s directive to disinfect all markets within the Greater Accra Region on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

The areas visited were Prampram, Old Ningo and Abbey Korpe market centres.

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The team were in personal protective equipment; overall, hand gloves, and nose masks fully geared up for the exercise, all assembly cars were mobilized for the exercise which started at 9:30 AM.

Other measures put in place by management of the District Assembly has been the procurement of a number of sanitary equipment such as Veronica Buckets, liquid soaps disinfectants, tissue papers among others and placed at entrances of the Assembly Offices, all in the effort to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DISTRICT ASSEMBLY HANDS OVER A SIX UNIT TEACHERS’ BUNGALOW TO DISTRICT EDUCATION DIRECTORATE – January 19, 2020

The Ningo Prampram District has handed over a six unit Teachers’ Bungalow to the District Education Directorate. The gesture was in response to the call on the leadership of the community.

The District Chief Executive Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku, in a speech said, the gesture was among other things help reduce the attrition rate of teachers on posting to the Mangotsonya area.

He said Education is a backbone of every economy, and the District is doing its best in its infrastructural delivery to complement governments effort.

Reacting to some concerns the District Chief Executive said the school feeding programme will soon be expanded to cover the Mangotsonya Basic School.

He added that much attention will be given to the road network from Awhiam to Old Ningo which is about 7.1 kilometers to ease the plight of commuters. He talked about the improvement in the water system to get potable water to residents in the area.

He added that as the Assembly is playing its role, the communities must also help the Assembly by paying tolls and revenues due to help the Assembly do better, he urged the youth to be mindful about the fact that this year is an election year and they should not allow themselves to be used to foment trouble by any person for any political gains, he urged them to commit their time to learn and better their future.

The Chief of Mangotsonya, Nene Tetteh Amleh II was happy about the development, and praised the leadership of the Assembly for the project. He however called on the DCE and his leadership to help deal with the menace of teenage pregnancy which is at an alarming rate in his area.

He called on the students to concentrate on their studies to guarantee them a brighter future. He urged them to eschew pre-marital sex because “there is time for everything”.

The District Director of Education Madam Beatrix Ollenu, expressed her gratitude to management of the Assembly and Pledged the Project will be used for the benefit of all.

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DCE ENGAGES WITH PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The management of the Ningo Prampram District Assembly has donated assorted items worth, over Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (Ȼ100,000) to Persons with Disabilities (PWD’s) in the District. These items have been procured for these persons following the directive from the government to depart from disbursing cash grants to procuring items that can empower these persons economically and alleviate poverty in the long run.

To this purpose, the government has necessarily increased the disability fund from 2% to 3% of the District Assembly Common Fund. Each beneficiary was presented with items that they have personally requested for. Some of the items included bags of cement, charcoal, barbering machine with accessories, assorted lace fabrics, litres of oil, and bags of rice, beans and toiletries. The rest of the items included stationary, sacks of Gari, sugar and confectioneries for provision shops. Others also received plastic chairs and tables, vegetables, frozen fishes and chicken to aid them set up businesses that would fetch them income, periodically.

Preceding this donation, the Assembly had earlier donated similar items to PWD’s in the district as preliminary preparations towards economic empowerment. They received chest freezers, containers for shops, popcorn machines amongst others. These batch of items goes to reinforce the economic agenda that has begun in the lives of these group of persons. In line with education, the assembly procured a pack of Perkins Braille for one of the beneficiaries who is currently enrolled in the Akropong School for the blind. Two other students received two brand new laptops to assist them with their lessons.

In totality, eighty-six (86) persons with disabilities benefited from these items. The Common Fund Administrator has urged the Department of Social Welfare to register more persons with disability so that they can also benefit from this initiative to improve their living conditions.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ningo-Prampram District, Hon, Jonathan T. Doku, who presented the items, stated that the rationale behind this initiative is to eradicate all forms of poverty amongst the vulnerable groups and give them a sense of belonging. The DCE is of the expectation that they would prudently put these items to use, whilst the Almighty God bless all their efforts.

He acknowledged the government’s efforts in ensuring equity and fairness as well as improving the quality of life for all citizens irrespective of your social status.

He disclosed that the main challenge affecting the progress of the District is the poor road networks. He assured, that the Central Government has declared the year 2020 as the year for massive road works for which the District would receive its fair share.

In an interview with the beneficiaries, most of them disclosed that they are content with the items received. More importantly, they are desirous to commence their own businesses and earn “decent” incomes because it is dignifying than begging for alms on the street. Some trades they would be engaging in are; provision shops, barbering shops, hair salons, pepper mill operation, food joints, and cold store.

The brief donation ceremony was held at the forecourt of the premises of the District Assembly Annex, on 10th January 2020.

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NiPDA ELECTS A PRESIDING MEMBER

Hon. Solomon Djangmah Assembly Member for Lower West Prampram has been elected as the Presiding Member for the Third Assembly of the Ningo Prampram District. He received an overwhelming 91% majority approval from the house. The other contestant, Hon. Nartey Mensah Nathan stepped down in support and approval for Hon. Djangmah to contest unopposed. He further urged his fellow members to vote massively for Hon. Djangmah.

Out of the thirty-four (34) members constituting the Assembly, thirty members (30) gave their approval to Hon. Solomon Djangmah. One member was absent for the voting and a rejected vote was recorded. One member has no voting rights. The third Assembly had earlier failed to elect a Presiding Member on the 24th of January 2020, at the inaugural ceremony of the Assembly Members. This second election is in fulfillment of the standing orders of the Assembly.

The Magistrate Judge, His worship John Evans Ocran Swore him into the office and immediately proceeded to preside over the assembly. He thanked the members of the assembly for the opportunity given him, to serve as a Presiding Member.

He appreciated the engulfing confidence reposed in him. He assured his colleagues that the welfare of all members, irrespective of one’s political affiliation, is his topmost priority. He entreated the members to work in unity devoid of partisan politics for the progress of the District.

The District Chief Executive Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku enjoined the Assembly to exist as a strong team with the interest of the District at heart. He reminded members that their call to duty is a call to serve with all humility and must not fail their electorates.

The Assembly proceeded to form the various sub-committees to commence their term in office. The District Coordinating Director Mr. Mohammed Ali Amadu, informed members that the Institute of Local Government and the Regional Coordinating Council would jointly conduct an orientation for them in the near future.

The elections were conducted by the District Electoral Commission. It took place at the District Assembly Conference Hall on Friday, 31st January 2020. The staff of the Assembly was present.

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THE THIRD ASSEMBLY OF THE NINGO PRAMPRAM DISTRICT INAUGURATED – 23RD January 2020

The third Assembly of Ningo Prampram District failed to elect a Presiding Member after two rounds of voting. The contestants, Hon. Solomon Djangmah (candidate 1) and Hon. Nartey Mensah Nathan (candidate 2) both failed to obtain the two-thirds majority approval of 23 valid votes from the assembly.

In the second round of the voting, candidate one obtained a total of twenty-two (22) votes whilst candidate 2 obtained eleven (11) votes. The first round saw three candidates contesting. Candidate 1, Solomon Djangmah obtained nineteen (19) votes, candidate 2, Norman William Jr had three (3) votes and candidate 3 obtained eleven (11) votes. Following this outcome, candidate 2 was eliminated from the second round.

According to the Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Charles Botchey Jr., re-elections for the Presiding Member position should be held within the next ten (10) days. Presiding over the elections, Mr. Botchey indicated that the inaugural and swearing-in ceremony is in fulfilment of section 6 of section 18 of the Local Government Act, 2016 (ACT 936).

Preceding this, the District Magistrate Judge, His worship John Evans Ocran swore into office the elected Assembly members together with the Government Appointees and the Unit Committee members.

In totality, thirty-four (34) members were sworn into the third Assembly of the District. This (34), consisted of the Member of Parliament for the District, the District Chief Executive, ten (10) Government Appointees and twenty-two (22) elected members.

Advising the members of the Assembly, the District Chief Executive admonished them to work assiduously and sacrificially for the development of the District. He congratulated the re-elected members and entreated them to bring aboard their rich experiences for the advancement of the Assembly.

Delivering an address at the ceremony, Dr. Anthony Insiah Asare, representing the President of the Republic of Ghana, charged the Assembly members to “advance the implementation of government Programmes in the coordinated programme of Economic and Social Development Policies 2017-2024.” He also urged them as part of their duties to work jointly with institutions such as land valuation division of the lands commission, which would allow them grow the internally Generated Funds of the district which is in line with governments’ efforts to enhance internal revenue.

Addressing the canker of haphazard springing up of slums and unplanned development, in the district, he urged the members to make use of the bye-laws in their various communities to ensure compliance with sanitation management and maintain a clean and healthy environment. He further tasked the assembly to explore avenues such as one District one factory to offer sustainable employment to the youth in the District.

He exhorted them to remain united, be devoted to their duties selflessly, be accountable stewards and participate actively at the assembly to deepen the decentralization process.

The Member of Parliament for the District, Hon. Sam George Nartey who graced the occasion congratulated the Assembly members. He, however, raised an anomaly in the constitution of the members of the Assembly. On his part, subject to the interpretation of article 242(d), the government appointees should not be more than 30% of the assembly.

However, the assembly has ten (10) government appointees instead of seven (7) violating the 30% constitution of the appointees. Nonetheless, the program proceeded smoothly.

The ceremony was also graced with the presence of other high profiled dignitaries including Mr. Abeeku Amissah the representative of the Greater Accra Regional Minister, the Traditional rulers led by Nene Tetteh Wakah III Paramount chief of Prampram and Nene Kanor Attipah III, Mankralo and Ag. President of the Ningo Traditional Council.

Nene Kanor Attiapah III advised the Assembly members to promote peace, eschew pride, land and chieftaincy disputes and work hand in hand with the traditional leaders.

The chairman of the occasion Nene Wakah III also admonished the members to maintain communication with their electorates to identify and prioritise their basic needs and also serve them better.

The ceremony took place at the forecourt of the District Assembly Annex, on Thursday 24th January 2020

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63RD INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION COMMEMORATED IN THE NINGO-PRAMPRAM DISTRICT.

A total of 26 contingents led by the Ebenezer Methodist Church Brigade Band which put up a spectacular display and marched to the admiration of members present during the 63rd Independence Day Anniversary celebration held at the Anglican School Park in Prampram.

Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku the District Chief Executive in a speech read on behalf of the President of the Republic, congratulated all present in the district for such a day, he reminded them to be diligent in their dealings to keep the peace the district is enjoying especially in this election year, He said the day is a sacred day which needs to be celebrated by all around the country.

The DCE noted with concern the outbreak of the deadly corona virus which is now a medical crisis, the statement said following the outbreak on 7th February, there was the constitution of a high powered emergency response team monitoring developments on daily basis, and are putting the necessary precautionary measures in place, he however encouraged all to revisit the custom of shaking of hands and avoid doing so completely for now, he urged citizens to add prayers to the effort of the government to help improve the situation.

The statement paid homage to those who fought for the Independence of the country, and urged all to continue to protect the good fortune the forefathers left.

Accordingly, the country is in its 28th year of the Fourth Republic, noting that the country has had stable elections and therefore citizens should be proud of the liberal democratic path the country is treading.

Touching on the progress made in the area of improvement in the water system Hon. Teye Doku said 81% of people in Ghana currently now have access to potable water.

In the area of health, The DCE said measles which used to be a leading childhood killer disease is no longer the case and no child has died from measles in the past 17 years.

The DCE said Education has been made easier to access with the introduction of the Free Senior High School.

There has also been drastic improvement in the areas of environment, technology, creative arts, local foods and other sectors.

The statement further encouraged all citizens to build a consensus towards the prosperous, peaceful and happy Ghana.

The theme for the year’s celebration is “Consolidating Our Gains”

NINGO PRAMPRAM DISTRICT ASSEMBLY DONATES TOWARDS THE HOMOWO FESTIVAL CELEBRATION-26TH AUGUST

Chiefs and Elders in the two traditional councils have been urged to let peace reign in their daily endeavors especially on days leading to the celebration of the Homowo festival.

The advice was given by the District Chief Executive Hon. Jonathan Doku when management of the Assembly presented Homowo items to the two traditional councils.
The items consist of assorted drinks, bags of maize, gallons of palm oil, and bags of palm fruit.

Touching on traditional rites during the festival, the DCE said all the rites should be carried out but with security protection.
Nene Darpo I, Acting President of the Prampram Traditional Council who received the items on behalf of the council appreciated the effort of the Assembly towards the celebrations.

Other concerns were raised, and it came to light that a copy of minutes of all traditional council meetings should be forwarded to the Assembly for DISEC meetings.

A similar act was replicated at the Ningo Traditional council for the celebration.

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