Friday, June 9, 2017

TANO SOUTH DISTRICT CHIEF EXECUTIVE VISITS BECE CENTRES



Basic Schools in the Tano South District of the Brong Ahafo Region like any other District in the country have started writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination. Forty-seven (47) Schools out of which thirty- three (33) are public Schools and the rest Private Schools with a total population of One thousand, four hundred and forty- nine (1449) registered Candidates of which seven hundred and eighty- five (785) are boys and the rest females.  Seventeen (17) candidates did not turn up to write the examination.



           The candidates getting ready for the examination and the DCE in one of the examination halls
The Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon. Collins Offinam Takyi and the Member of Parliament for the Tano South Constituency, Hon. Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere accompanied by the District Director of Education, Rev. Robert Opoku with officials of the Assembly and the Education Directorate visited the four examination centres in the District namely,Bechem Centre A and B, Techimantia and Derma.
Speaking at all the examination centres, the MP advised the candidates to be time conscious and obey the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the examination. He said the government is putting in measures to ensure the implementation of the Free Senior High School Programme which takes off in September, 2017 and emphasized that the programme when implemented would go a long way to relief parents of their financial burden. Hon. Sekyere said he would use part of his common fund to support education in the District and promised that he would give an amount five thousand Ghana Cedis GH¢ 5,000 to the school which would perform well in the examination.
                              
                                                The MP speaking to the candidates
The Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon Collins Takyi Offinam in all the centres, extended the felicities of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo to the candidates and encouraged them to write the examination without any form of fear and panic.
                           
                                           The DCE talking to the candidates
He urged the candidate to eschew from any form of examination malpractices since it is such practices that leads to the cancellation of examination results and promised the Assembly will do all it takes to raise the standard of education in the District.
Advising the candidate, the Tano South District Director of Education, Rev. Robert Opoku urged the candidates to focus on what they have been taught by their teachers and do the right thing in the examination hall. Rev. Opoku told the teachers not to send any foreign materials to the candidates in the examination hall and warned that any teacher caught in that act would not be spared.
                            
                     The District Director of Education advising the candidates and teachers
Rev. Opoku used the occasion to appeal to the MP to institute a best teacher award scheme so that it would motivate the teacher to work extra hard to raise the standard of education in the District.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

TANO SOUTH ASSEMBLY CONFIRMS DCE



The confirmation of the Presidents nominee for the Tano South District Mr Collies Offinam Takyi as the District Chief has now been finalised with the assembly members voting to confirming his nomination after two elections and one postponement in the first bid of the conformation which, Mr. Offinam could not obtain the 2/3 majority as he secured 28 votes out of the 56 assembly members with 27 votes against.
                    

                                                   Hon. Assembly Members and Dignitaries at voting section
This trend of affair made the elections to be postponed for a week but that also could not come off on the scheduled day as the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister in a speech on that day called for the postponement of the elections due to some security threat and was reschedule for the next day after three government appointees have been sworn in to replace some other three who were withdrawned.
The next day saw another election to be conducted by the electoral commission and the Presiding member of the assembly Hon. John Dadzi in a speech called on the members to put partisan politics aside of the elections and think of the general development of the District after which the Regional representative of the Electoral commission also spelt out the modalities of the elections.
                                    
The Presiding Member of the Assembly Addressing the Assembly Members

The elections which was conducted saw the Presidential Nominee Hon. Collies Offinam Takyi obtaining 37 yes votes with 11 voting no out of the total number of assembly members present and this enabled him to secure the 2/3 majority votes which thereby confirmed his nomination as the substantive District Chief Executive for the Tano South District of the Brong Ahafo Region
                                              
Hon. Offinam Collins Takyi thanking the Assembly Members after the election

Friday, May 26, 2017

BECHEM WATER AND SANITATION BOARD HOLDS OPEN FORUM WITH STAKEHOLDERS



The Bechem Water and Sanitation Board have held an open forum with Stakeholders on the Sustainability of the Bechem water system and sanitation in the township.
Welcoming participants at the forum, Mr Nicholas Kwarteng used the occasion to brief them on the purpose of the meeting and thanked them for honouring the invitation.
Addressing the gathering, the Tano South District Coordinating Director Mrs Agartha Ahia thanked Nananom and all presents. She said the theme for the meeting “Sustainability of the Bechem Water System, a shared Responsibility” could not have been chosen for granted since it was all our collective responsibility to ensure that all was well with our water and sanitation system in the town.
Mrs Ahia said since the system’s sustenance was a collective responsibility, it behoved on each and every one to promptly pay water bills to enable the board  accrue revenue and to stand on its feet and  be able to run the system effectively. She also said, the meeting was to afford Stakeholders the opportunity the deliberate on how effectively all hand would be put on deck to run the system and sustain it.
In an address on the overview of the Bechem water system, the Administrator of the Bechem water board, Mr Kwabena Adu Gyamfi hinted that, the formation of the Board came about due to the acute water shortage the town was facing some years back and said this has come to, help the town due to measures the board put in place to improve the water system by constructing water treatment plants and boreholes in the town.
Mr Adu Gyamfi again said, the board since its inception has made tremendous efforts to improve the water system by constructing two additional overhead tanks at Bechem and Bechem Junction in addition to two fire hydrants at both localities and emphasized that plans are far ahead to extend the water supply to the nearby communities and also acquire a land to put up additional toilet facilities in the township.
Speaking on some of the challenges the board faces, he mention high electricity bills since  their water treatment plants runs on pre- paid metre system, he again said the construction of the Bechem town roads has also destroyed most of the underground pipes  with erosion also exposing most of the pipes.
Mr Adu Gyamfi said, the board intends to constantly service the pipes to enable us get safe drinking water and also hold constant meetings with Stakeholders to solicit their views on how effectively the system could be run and sustained.  
The meeting which received a live broadcast from a local FM station enabled the general public and stakeholders to ask questions and gives suggestions on the sustainability of the Bechem water system.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

ELECTION OF PRESIDING IN THE TANO SOUTH DISTRICT IN STALEMATE



The bid by the Tano South District Assembly to elect a Presiding Member for the Assembly got to a stalemate when the fifty six (56) assembly members present could not come to a compromise through the ballot box.
In a speech before the elections, the Tano South District Coordinating Director and acting District Chief Executive said, the reason for the august meeting was to elect a Presiding member which was mandatory based on article 244 (1,2and 3) of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
Mrs Ahia said, it is imperative to elect a Presiding member of the assembly now so that he or she can convey an assembly meeting to confirm the President’s nominee for the position of District Chief Executive and ensure the smooth administration of the District in order to achieve the needed development.
A Representative from the Regional Electoral Commission, Mr Edward Gyamfi who was in charge of the election opened nominations for twenty (20) minutes to enable assembly members who wanted to take up the position of the Presiding member of the Tano South District Assembly to file their nomination and saw three members in the Persons of, Hon John Dadzie, Hon Rebecca Abebrese and Hon Opoku Boabeng picking their forms to contest the election.
The first round of the elections saw none of the contestants getting the required two-third (2/3) majority votes so, a five minutes break was given to enable them prepare for the second round of election after which a winner could not be declared thus, calling a third round.
Hon Rebecca Abebrese after the second election ‘threw in the towel’ leaving Hon John Dadzie and Hon Opoku Boabeng to contest for the position in the third round of which Hon John Dadzie polled Thirty Seven (37) votes to Eighteen (18) for Hon Opoku Boabeng which indicated that none of the two contestants gained the two- third (2/3) majority of votes.


This trend of affairs of which each of the two contestants did not get the two- third majority votes required made the elections to be postponed until further notice.