SESSIONAL ADDRESS BY HON. MAURICE JONAS WOODE, THE DISTRICT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF AKROFUOM DISTRICT ASSEMBLY AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 27TH JUNE, 2023 AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL AT 9:00AM
HONOURABLE PRESIDING MEMBER
HON. MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
HON. ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
ALL HEADS OF DEPARTMENT AND UNIT
DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS
FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
I extend a hearty ‘Akwaaba’ to you all to the Second Ordinary meeting in the year 2023. I want to take this opportunity to commend the relentless of Members and the entire Staff of this Assembly to the development of the District.
Once again, in accordance with section 28(1) of Act 936 of the Local Governance Act, 2016, I appear to you to address this August House on the state of the District and the planned interventions to address the peculiar challenges therein.
Hon. Members, kindly permit me to highlight on few developments that have taken place and other initiatives that are currently on-going in the various sectors of our District.
To offer good Teaching and Learning environment to teachers and pupils in the District, the Assembly has awarded a contract and handed over site to Bachor and Jonas Company Ltd for the construction of a new K-G block with ancillary facilities for the Akrofuom R/C Primary School. Additionally, plans are far advanced to construct a new 1No. 3-Unit Classroom Block (JHS Block) with Office, Store, KVIP toilet facilities, and supply 60 No. dual desks and undertake at Nyamebekyere in the Sikaman Electoral Area to be funded under the DPAT VI.
Hon. Members, the Assembly has handed over 150 dual desks to the district education office to be distributed to schools in the district who lack furniture. In addition, 150No. Mono-Desks will be supplied to the Mensonso BECE Center for examination purposes.
Hon. PM, the District Director of Education is making frantic effort to improve student-teacher ratio in the District. As such, sixty-eight (68) teachers have recently been posted into the District, with forty-eight (48) of them currently at post. I want to use this opportunity to reiterate the Assembly’s commitment to creating a more conducive environment for teachers. Let’s kindly urge our wards in the various colleges of Education to always desire posting into the District as we together work towards improvement quality of education in the District. I further urge honourable members to assist these new teachers have decent accommodations that will enable them stay and help our school communities. We should be more hospitable to these teacher so that the temptation of them reporting back to the appointing authorities.
Hon. PM, the Honorable Member of Parliament has started the renovation of Ampunyase Health Center whiles the construction of CHPs Compound at Mpirakyire and Yaa Dome are progressing steadily.
Hon. PM, our District continues to enjoy goodwill from Philanthropists and true sons of the land. In such manner, Mr. Antwi and family is put up a laboratory centre at the Akrofuom Health Center in remembrance of their late father. In same manner, a group of natives of Akrofuom in the United Kingdom have donated a generator to the health center to be used when there is power cut.
Hon. PM, On the 27th May 2023, the Adansi Development Association in Accra and Tema conducted free health screening exercise and renewal of National Health Insurance Cards for about 500 people in the District. The said exercise co-incided with the World Menstrual Hygiene Day and as such, the Rotary Club of Obuasi complemented the effort with distribution of 300 sanitary pads to JHS Students at Akrofuom Methodist, Akrofuom D/A School, and Akrofuom R/C Schools. They also educated the students on how to keep themselves clean during the menstrual period. I want to take this opportunity to thank Rotary Cub, Akrofuom Health Directorate and Adansi Development Association for this kind gesture.
Hon. PM, the Construction of the Agenda 111 District Hospital was temporarily been halted as a result of technical challenges with the main hospital however work is ongoing on the accompanied residential accommodations. We hope to receive progress and possible resumption of as we receive officials from the Office of the President who are visiting all beneficiary districts this very afternoon.
Hon. P.M, due to financial constraints on government, the contractors working on our roads are not on site. The Assembly had to reshape the Nkoranza, Grumesa, Sikaman and Botwekrom roads for easy accessibility. The Hon Member of Parliament collaborated with Management and within this month undertook spot improvement in the form of reshaping on Mensonso No.1 to Sikaman road.
WATER AND SANITATION IMPROVEMENT
Hon. PM, the Rotary Club of Obuasi has assured the Assembly of constructing 50No. W/C Toilet facilities within the District with beneficiary communities as follows: Adamso (15), Kokotenten (10), Sikaman (5), Brofoyedru (5), Mensonso No. 1 (10) and Takyikrom (5).
In addition, the Club is scheduled to construct mechanized boreholes for Mensonso No. 1, Wamasi, Ampunyase Junction and Akrofuom Ward 4, whereas boreholes fitted with hand-pumps will be constructed for Avornyo, Dunkwafuom, and Mprakyire.
AGRICULTURE AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Hon. Members, the Assembly on 9th April distributed 10,000 Coconut seedlings to farmers in the district, 70% of whom were youth. The AEAs (Agric. Extension Agents) reported that farmers who planted in the year 2021 and 2022 are doing well and this shows the progress we have for the future.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Assembly in this year has received 42,000 out of the expected 70,000 oil palm seedlings from the Minerals Development Fund. We are therefore liaising with the Fund to receive the additional seedlings for distribution.
Hon. PM, the NPP Government is in the process of distributing farming inputs such as fertilizers, weedicides, cutlasses and wellington boots to about farmers in the Akrofuom District. We will accordingly distribute these inputs to boost agriculture in the District when received.
Hon. PM, the government encourages that all Assembly Members venture into farming and also lead the advocacy for planting for Food and Jobs. In view of this, each Assembly Member is entitled to
One (1) box of weedicide
One (1) bag of fertilizer
One (1) piece of cutlass
One (1) pair of wellington boot
Hon. Members, the government will soon roll out phase 2 of Planting for Food and Jobs, with focusing on the private sector, which will be aimed at ensuring food availability, promoting food export, creation of jobs, food security and resilience. Commodities to be considered for the phase two include: Grains and legumes (Maize, Soya bean and Sorghum); Vegetables (Tomatoes, Pepper and Onions); Plantain, Roots and Tubers; and Poultry with stakeholders being Aggregators, Financial Institutions, Department of Agric, Input Suppliers and Farmers. I therefore want to admonish all to embrace it, as it is seen as promoting Local Economic Development in the district.
Hon. Members, the third edition of the Green Ghana Day was commemorated nationwide and Akrofuom District was not left out. The commemoration which was done at the bank of the Jimi Dam saw the distribution of over 7,500 seedlings including Mahogany, Ofram, Palm, Cedrella, Cacia, mango, cashew, Soursop, guava, lemon, royal palm, Aidan fruit and Coconut across the District.
Hon. PM, the Assembly was partnered with two organizations to observe the commemoration i.e. AngloGold Ashanti and Rotary Club of Obuasi. I want to extend our gratitude for their immense support during the event.
I humbly urge Hon. Assembly members to take this initiative serious and harness the opportunities associated with this policy. There are many lands that have been degraded after galamsey activities and we must take this opportunity to reclaim the lands with some of these trees. Again, we must monitor the growth of these trees that have been planted and ensure that they grow well and serve the purpose for which they were planted.
Hon. PM, in spite the peaceful atmosphere the district is enjoying, the Mining Taskforces i.e. the District Mining Taskforce and a team said to be the Adansihene’s Taskforce have been under attack by some illegal miners at Ampunyasi community. These attacks called for the swift interventions of DISEC and as such, investigations are on-going for the arrest of the perpetuators.
Hon. PM, activities of Okada have persistently threatened the lives of people in the District. As such, DISEC has tasked the MTTD to conduct regular swoops on the riders, confiscate the motorbikes of suspects and would be released only when they are able to provide evidence of registration and licenses from the DVLA.
REVENUE MOBILIZATION (IGF)
Hon. Members, the Assembly was able to raise an IGF of GH¢ 769,000.00 as against a Budgeted figure of GH¢ 880,000, representing 87.45% as at May 2023. Therefore, there’s a need for upward review of our revenue target during the mid-year review scheduled for next month. Consequentially the Assembly is using part of the IGF money to construct the Akrofuom RC K-G block. Efforts are underway to make sure we cover all the revenue items which are showing negatives in our Trail Balance.
Hon. Members, as I bring my address to an end, I must say that we do appreciate your dedicated effort and selfless service to this District. It is my prayer that we continue to strive harder in our various Electoral Areas to continue to enjoy the goodwill of our people.
May God bless us all and make us great.
I thank you for your attention.