The second session of the general Assembly of the Tano South District Assembly has been held.
A cross section of Hon. Members and dignitaries at the meeting
The meeting held at the Assembly Conference Hall of the district saw the attendance of the DCE, Hon Collins Offinam Takyi, the Presiding Member, Hon. John Dadzie, the District Coordinating Director, Mr. Kofi Kingsley Sencherey, the District Finance Officer, Mr. Agyenim – Boateng Patrick and Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, the Omanhene of Bechem Traditional Area.
In an opening address, the Presiding Member, Hon. John Dadzie welcomed all and sundry to the important meeting of the Assembly and said the meeting will give platform and privileges to the participants and Hon. Members to deliberate on the developmental agenda of the District. He said, the meeting is also in fulfilment of the standing orders of the Assembly which mandates all Hon. Members to meet as and when necessary to access the critical issues in the district and find the needed ways to address them.
The Presiding Member of the Assembly welcoming the Hon. Members
Hon. Dadzie thanked the MP, Hon. Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere for procuring a double decker refrigerator to the office the Presiding Member and called on the MP to provide the Office with a Television Set to enable it befits the status. Since time lost is never refundable, he urged all Hon. Members to respect time in everything they do especially in attending Assembly Meeting and other official functions and urged them to contribute their quota to make the meeting a success.
With regards to the Public Relations and Complaint Committee, he said, the committee is one of the statutory committees of the Assembly responsible for educating the general public on the activities of the District. He said, the committee has held its first meeting to discuss the best ways to perform its constitutional mandate and encouraged them to inform the electorates to use their office to address the emerging issues.
Hon Dadzie said, the Annual Presiding Members’ Conference for 2017 was held at the Institute of Local Government Studies in Accra, where a number of issues were discussed including the procurement and supply of motorbikes to the Assembly Members.
In a sessional address, the DCE, Hon. Collins Offinam Takyi said, he was very glad to be given the opportunity to address the August House for the second time since his assumption of office.
He expressed the good wishes of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo – Addo , the President of the Republic of Ghana, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh, the MP for Tano South Constituency Hon. Benjamin Yeboah Sekeyere and his own behalf to all members present and said the turnout for the meeting is an indication that Hon. Members are eager to collaborate with Stakeholders, Institutions and Agencies to work as a team to improve the living standards of people in the District.
On security matters, Hon. Takyi said, the District continues to remain relatively calm and peaceful due to the prudent strategies put in place by the District Security Committee (DISEC) and assured Nananom and other stakeholders that the Assembly will do all it takes to support the committee to enable them to perform its core mandates.
Hon. DCE for Tano South addressing the House
On finance, Hon. Takyi stressed that the Assembly acquires its financial resources through the District Assembly Common Fund, Internally Generated Fund, District Development Fund and Donations. He said, since the Assembly has limited financial resource, it finds it difficult to meet the expectation of the citizenry and urged the Assembly members to support the revenue collectors to mobilize more revenue for the Assembly to enable them to address issues affecting people in the District.
Since education is the key to success, Hon. Takyi said, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo – Addo has rolled out the Free Senior High School Programme in line with 2016 manifesto promise of the New Patriotic Party and hinted that the programme is aimed at making the Ghanaian child of school going age have access to Free Senior High School. He said, there are three (3) Senior High Schools in the District and out of them, one is a boarding facility and stressed that the implementation of policy has made 2017 academic year saw each school admitting more students. He said, government has also paid all first year students’ fees and provides one hot meal a day for all day students free of charge as a component of the free SHS policy.
Hon. Takyi said the introduction of the free Senior High School is a good intervention programme but it has come with its associate challenges such as inadequate boarding accommodation, hostel facilities for students who come from far and inadequate kitchen staff to cook for the students and stressed that the Central Government and the Assembly are working assiduously to ensure the challenges are addressed to create enabling environment for teaching and learning.
He stressed that, as part of Assembly’s efforts to improve education by building the human resource capacity of the younger generation in the District, the Assembly had implemented the recommendations from the social services sub – committee by paying an amount of twenty – four thousand, six hundred and twenty – four Ghana cedis and twenty pesewas ( GH 24, 624.20) from the District Assembly Common Fund to thirty – three (33) students in the second cycle institution, colleges of education, nursing training colleges and the universities who had applied for financial support from the Assembly.
On health sector, Hon. Takyi said, CHPs Compounds provide strategic planning and implementation of primary health care activities within a community with full participation of community members and hinted that the Assembly is putting efforts in place to provide needed equipment to four (4) CHPs Compounds to begin work in order to make people in the community have access to health care delivery.
With regards to National Health Insurance Scheme, Hon, Takyi said, the scheme was established to provide equitable access and financial coverage for basic health care services for all manner of Ghanaians and stressed that from January to August, 2017, the Tano South District office of the National Health Insurance has been able to register twenty – five thousand, two hundred twenty – four (25, 224) people onto the scheme. He said, currently the scheme has nine (9) accredited health care providers serving its members in the District and seven (7) health care providers and said since January to August, 2017 the National Health Insurance Authority has been able to release a total amount ( GH 1, 578, 480.37) to pay some accredited service providers.
To make Agricultural sector becomes attractive and productive to Ghanaians, Hon. Takyi said government has launched the Planting for Food and Jobs policy to subsidize Agricultural inputs by fifty per cent (50%) with the remaining fifty per cent (50%) paid by farmers. On Planting for Jobs and Investment, which is a subsidiary of Planting for Food and Jobs, Hon Takyi indicated that, the Assembly is putting measures in place to support between ten thousand (10,000) to twenty thousand (20,000) farmers in the District to cultivate an average of ten (10) acres of crops within the next four (4) years.
Hon. Takyi touched on LEAP, water and sanitation and electricity and said the Assembly will continue to do its core mandates by providing good drinking water and extension of electricity to the needed communities.
The house also used the occasion to discuss the Executive Committee report of the Assembly and the fee fixing resolution for 2018.
Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II giving his address
Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, the Omanhene of Bechem Traditional Area who had the opportunity to attend the meeting in a speech said, the chiefs of Ahafo have submitted a proposal concerning the creation of Ahafo Region to the office of the President and hinted that when government is ready for the creation of the Region, a referendum will be conducted by electoral commission and urged all legible voters to vote massively to acquire needed percentage of votes for the creation of the Region.