Friday, July 13, 2012


An MTN/UNDP collaboration ICT Learning Centre cited at Techinantia in the Tano South district of the 
Brong Ahafo Region has been inaugurated. The learning Centre which is equipped with computers and internet facilities will help train the youth of the area in ICT and will be managed by a local Coordinating Committee, a  Center Manager and a trainer of trainers who will be teaching ICT in the various schools in the area   

Inaugurating the centre, Mrs. Cynthia Lumor, MTN’s Corporate Services Manager in a speech said as Market leaders, MTN always sets the pace for others to follow and so realising the ICT education deficit in the country, the company took up the challenge to compliment government’s efforts in this area.  This initiative she said is in support of efforts to bridge the digital divide between the served and underserved communities and also to support the implementation of the mandatory ICT component of the new education reform.
She said the MTN group is delighted to see the completion of the ICT project and was confident that it is going to have a meaningful impact on the lives of the people of the community and mentioned that apart from the ten (10) centres in the 10 regions of Ghana MTN Ghana Foundation has also set up few more ICT Centres in other communities.

Mrs. Lumor said MTN acknowledges the people of Brong Ahafo as key business partners and to show its appreciation to the region for their contribution to the success of their business, they have planned a sustainable initiative aimed at giving back to the people of Brong Ahafo in the areas of Health, Education, Entertainment, Sports and Entrepreneurial skills development.
She said since its establishment in 2007, the MTN Foundation has invested about GH₵7 million into health and education development across  the country and in the Brong Ahafo Region critical intervention have been made beyond the establishment of this ICT centre as the Foundation has committed a total of  GH₵694,350.80 so far into the execution of some projects in the Region and mentioned that a significant financial commitment to the tune of 100,000.00 US Dollars has been put in the Techimantia project and hoped that the facility will be highly patronise to its optimum benefits and urged all the inhabitants to be part of the maintenance of the project in order to ensure that it is  sustained for future generations and affirmed MTN’s commitment to quality education in the Brong Ahafo Region

The Tano South District Chief Executive Hon Bukari Zakari Anaba in a short speech paid glowing tribute to MTN and UNDP for its efforts to contribute to the development and learning of ICT in the District. He said the location of the centre will go a long way to serve the purpose for which it was established and bring the learning of ICT to the doorstep of the people of Techimantia and its environs, he therefore urged the people of the area especially the youth to take full advantage of the centre and enrol at the centre and gain more knowledge in ICT.
The District Chief Executive said the Tano South District Assembly will do all that it takes to help maintain the centre and called on the Chiefs and people of Techimantia to give the centre’s Coordinatiing Committee the maximum support in the running of the centre. On the impending Presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for December, 2012 he reminded the people of the District of the peaceful atmospheric conditions they have enjoyed over the years and called on them not to allow election violence to come and mar the beauty of the peaceful co-existence they have enjoyed always. He said belonging to different political parties does not mean we are enemies so we should engage in violence during our campaigns and also adviced that we should move away from the politics of insults during our campaign but tell the people of what we can do for them when voted into power.

Hon Bukari Zakari Anaba elaborated some of the achievements of President Mills’s administration and called on the people to vote President Mills into power for the second term during the December Presidential and Parliamentarian elections.


The Tano Suoth District Chief Executive, Honourable Bukari  Zakari Anaba has called on all senior citizens in the Tano  South District to instil in the youth the spirit of patriotism and sense of belonginess.  This he said would help enhance development in the district and the country as a whole.  Honourable Bukari Anaba made this call at a reception held for senior citizens at his residency to mark Ghana’s 52nd Republic Day Celebration.  He congratulated them for their selfless and enormous sacrifices.

 The District Chief Executive implored the Senior citizens to advice the youth at home to be mindful of the fact that they are to learn from the older generation who have made the nation proud.  He also advised the youth to be mindful of this year’s general election and also avoid political conflict.

 The programme was chaired by Nana Odiasempa Kwame Beniako II, Adontenhene of the Bechem Traditional Area who in his remarks called for  greater understanding amongst the young and old so that the older generation could impart their rich experience to the youth who would be our future leaders.Nana called on the Senior citizen to implore the youth to be very circumspect in their dealings before, during and after the December 2012 general election in order to violence so that this peaceful country of ours is not plunge into chaos. Nana thanked the government and the assembly for their concern on the lives of the older generation.

The senior citizens were entertained to old school music and merry making.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


The first ordinary meeting of the Tano South District Assembly has been held at the Bechem the District Capital.

In an opening address, the Presiding Member of the Assembly Hon. Anthony Opoku warmly welcomed all to the meeting and commended them for their prompt and massive turn out for this important meeting. He pleaded for the attention and cooperation of all during proceedings and again intimated the need for Hon. Members to pay maximum attention, cooperation and tolerance during deliberations to ensure a successful meeting.

Hon. Anthony Opoku re-echoed the need for members including our distinguished heads of Departments and agencies present at the meeting who wish to contribute to discussions offer explanation or seek clarification on any issue to raise their hands and patiently wait until he or she caches the eye of the Hon. Presiding member and cautioned Hon. Members to avoid reading any other material that has no relevance to the business of the house.

On revenue mobilisation, Hon. Opoku suggested the need for the Assembly to detail an officers who will go round all town/ area councils to compile the list of rateable properties to enhance revenue mobilization and again suggested that Hon. Members should join hands with the revenue supervisions as a matter of urgency on a campaign to educate the general public particularly about the rates chargeable by the assembly on each item after the fee fixing resolution has been approved.

Hon. Anthony Opoku made a special appeal to the assembly to mitiate the best teacher award in the Tano South District and suggested the assembly to urge the District Directorate of Ghana Education Service to work and come out with a full formula for the selection of best teachers to be awarded. Hon. Opoku informed the house that the assembly had taken delivery of its allocation of the motor bikes and entreated members to hold their breath patiently for the Hon. District Chief Executive to throw more light on the modalities, procedure and the way forward that we shall adopt regarding the release of the motor bikes to Hon. Assembly members, and appealed to assembly members to always brief their electorates about deliberations that transpire in the house since without this and other consultations, Governments concept of participatory governance and decentralization would be meaningless.

The Tano South District Chief Executive Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba in his sectional address welcomed all present at the meeting and said it is indeed essential and appropriate for us as a District Assembly and of course a body statutorily responsible for the overall development of the District here to constantly meet to discuss and deliberate on issues pertaining to the development and well being of the very people we are representing.

The District Chief Executive told the honourable members that the meeting like any other meeting is to enable them plan, execute and evaluate their performance and also to make it possible for them to adequately prepare and equip themselves in meeting the challenges ahead as representatives of the people of the District.

Hon. Anaba informed the house that the 2012 Functional Organizational Assessment Tool (FOAT) exercise on the District Assembly’s performance successfully took place in January, 2012 and a provisional result of the exercise indicates that the District Assembly has once again qualified to benefit from the District Development Fund and commended the efforts of the staff of the District Assembly in particular and those of the Decentralized Departments and agencies in general whose efforts made it possible for us to reach this far. Hon. Anaba said the assembly’s revenue performance in the past has not been the best and that we all have a stake in reversing the trend. He said the advice slip of an amount of GH 429,000.00 being the districts allocation of the DDF has been received and projects emarked for funding under the DDF are in procurement and on-going.

On community water and sanitation Hon. Anaba said the NDC Government is committed to ensuring that the good people of this country are provided with adequate portable water and also the government believes that provision of good drinking water will drastically reduce the infection incidence rate of most of the water born preventable diseases that affect the people and informed the house that ten (10) boreholes fixed with hand pumps have been provided by GOG/AFD peri-urban, Rural and Small Town water and sanitation project (PRSTWP) in ten communities in the Tano South District again said the Hon. Deputy Minister for water Resources Work and Housing ,Hon. Dr. Hanna Louisa Bisiw an illustrious daughter of the District also lobbied for the funding and construction of 27 boreholes in 27 communities in the District and called on members to let them appreciate her effort for being a strong advocate of development projects for the District.

Hon. Anaba touched on security and said the District has been relatively calm and peaceful except for in few isolated cases. He said DISEC and the District security agencies were however able to manage those situations and also maintained the existence law and order that allowed residence to go about their daily activities unperturbed.

On the looming land dispute between Brosankro and Tepa at Ouwe Nkwanta Hon. Anaba said the problem continue to linger on for now and the security aspect of the matter is before the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regional security council’s (REGSECs) while His Majesty, the Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu ll handles the traditional aspect and hope to arrive at consensus and amicable settlement of the dispute and used the occasion to appesl to all honourable members and the people of the District to desist from making utterances and comments that will escalate the dispute as people of the two traditional area are one and the same people and what unites us are more that what should divide us.

Hon. Anaba informed the house that the establishment of a District Fire Service unit and station in the District is now complete and again informed the house that there were a number of fire outbreaks which destroyed some properties but said, the good news is that no life was affected. He said the recent rainstorm hit some communities in the District and succeeded in destroying some public schools, private houses farms and other public and private properties. He again said, the Assembly is making frantic efforts to rehabilitate structures which were affected at the St. Joseph College of Education during the rainstorm.

The District Chief Executive mentioned some social development programmes embarked on by the government and their impact on the people of the District. He said the school feeding programme is on course and is successfully being implemented in eleven (11) selected schools in the District. He said the implementation of the programme has resulted in the improvement of total enrolment figures in all the beneficiary school and hoped more schools in the District will be added to the list that was previously 5 and now increased to 11.

The National Youth Employment Programme in the District, the District Chief Executive said was on course and contributing greatly to the National Production and development effort. The District Chief Executive told the house that the National Identification Authority during their 10 days registration exercise in the Tano South District registered 38,139 people and used the opportunity to thank all stakeholders, particularly Hon. Assembly Members for their support and cooperation for the success of the exercise.

Hon. Anaba informed members the Assembly has taken delivery of 53 out of the expected 57 motor bikes for distribution to Assembly members and promised efforts are been made to take delivery of the remaining 4 and said a modality is been work out for distribution. He informed the house that the Assembly has registered all the bikes in the name of beneficiary members at the DVLA and pleaded with those who would not be getting the bikes to exercise maximum restraint while we wait for the receipt of the remaining four (4) motor bikes from NALAG.

On the ongoing Biometric Voters Registration Hon. Anaba said a registration term is expected to spend only 10 days in each registration centre and rest on the 11th day and then continue. He said registration starts at 7:00am and end at 6:00pm each registration day from Sunday to Saturday and urge all Assembly members to take note of the arrangement and educate the electorates accordingly whilst he stressed that they should let the people know the difference between the National Identification Registration and the Electoral commissions Biometric Registration Exercise.

The District Chief Executive hinted that this year is an election year and it therefore behoves on us to be wary of the sort and content of news, information and campaign messages that we receive from various Political Parties. he said what is required of us is to critically examine the contents of these campaign message and information so as to embrace those that will unite and support the progress and development as one people one nation with a common history and destiny. He advised that we should be quick to reject campaign messages and information that are likely to create division, rancho and factionalism.

The Tano South District Director of the NCCE Ms. Cynthia Anima Boadu used the occasion to brief the house on the ongoing Biometric Registration Exercise and answered questions on them from members of the house.


Fifty three (53) out of a total membership of fifty seven (57) members of the Tano South District Assembly received a motor bike each at a short but impressive presentation ceremony held at Bechem after the Assembly’s first ordinary General Assembly Meeting.

In a short speech the District Chief Executive Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba said the presentation was in fulfilment of the Governments pledge to supply each assembly member in the country with a motor bike

to enhance their movement and productivity. He pleaded with them to adhere to the culture of mentiance so as to prolong the life span of the bike.

Hon. Nana Fosu Darkwa an assembly member thanked the government and the Tano South District Assembly for the gesture and promised the bikes would be used for the purpose of which it was brought.