INAUGURATION OF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS

INAUGURATION OF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS

The Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly on February 12 inaugurated 12 Assembly members and 6 government appointees. The 12 Assembly members who were elected on the 19th of December were sworn into office by  the kotobabi district magistrate, Maame Yaa Kusi Mensah and in the presence of their electorates and other government dignitaries. Mr Hudu Ismail was officially declared the Presiding Member after18 members of the assembly voted in his favor.

The Municipal Chief Executive of the Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly, Mr Archibald Cobbina, further urged the government appointees to consider the assumption of their office as an honor and work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them by the president.

In a speech delivered by Stephen Asamoah Boateng: Minister for chieftency and religious affairs on behalf of the president, charged the newly elected assembly members to deepen local governance and decentralisation in their respective areas to enable the citizens have access to basic public services in their districts rather than demanding for such services from Accra.

INAUGRATION OF THE KOTOBABI  DISTRICT  COURT

INAUGRATION OF THE KOTOBABI DISTRICT COURT

The Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the Judicial Service of Ghana, has inaugurated a District Court complex in Kotobabi, one of the  communities within the Municipality.  In her inaugural speech, the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana,Her Honor,Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoe expressed her great pleasure to be with the Assembly in the Greater Accra Region to inaugurate a new District Court for its residents and surroundings suburbs. “A purpose built Court is a necessary addition to the infrastructure for peace and stability of any community “she stated.

She said that, in recent times, much attention has been brought to the improvement of the national stock of physical infrastructure in which justice is dispensed in this country. She continued that,  it is heartwarming to see the expression of concern and solidarity that has come from members of the general public, who have appreciated this effort to provide befitting facilities not only for the well-being of those who work in these buildings,but also for the very concept and delivery of justice itself.

The Chief Justice emphasized that the challenge for the infrastructure is especially acute at the district level and we all know that lack of access to justice can lead directly to loss of confidence in the tools of justice.”Because of this, we must address any challenges of access to justice if we are to provide the necessary guarantees of peace ,security  and investor confidence that country needs, this is the only path to growth of the economy” she said .

Justice Gertrude Sackey revealed that the law makes three promises which are Order, Justice and Peace and these three bring prosperity.

She continued that there is no doubt that easy access to justice is a basic human right and means of upholding all other constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms, settlement of dispute and holding people accountable for their actions and inactions.  She therefore expressed her gratitude concerning the fact that the Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly has fulfilled section 12(3) (b) of the Local Governance Act, 2016(Act936) which mandates us to ensure ready access to Courts in the Municipality for the promotion of justice.

‘‘Bringing justice to the doorstep of the people and also providing equal  access to justice regardless of one’s social standing is a sure way of procuring social peace and security”.

 

 

 

 

 

AYAWASO CENTRAL MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY CELEBRATES 39TH NATIONAL FARMERS’ DAY

AYAWASO CENTRAL MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY CELEBRATES 39TH NATIONAL FARMERS’ DAY

The Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly has celebrated the 39th National Farmers’ Day at the Quaye Mensah Memorial AstroTurf Park, Alajo in Accra.

Speaking at the programme, the Municipal Chief Executive for Ayawaso Central, Hon.Archibold Mac Amuasie cobbina, welcome all to the gathering and congratulated all farmers and actors along the Agricultural value chain for a wonderful work done throughout the year and for their selflessness, dedication and commitment in feeding the Municipality and the Country as a whole.

The MCE noted that the Farmers’ Day Celebration is significant to the people of Ayawaso Central municipal in many aspects which among others, it is the fourth to be observed in the Municipality and also the first under his stewardship as the Municipal Chief Executive.

He explained that farmers’ Day is a day set aside to be observed in the first Friday of every December to recognize our hardworking Farmers including all other Agricultural related workers and professionals in the Country for their immense contribution towards the feeding of our beloved Nation as well as ensuring socio-economic growth of our economy.  Hon.Archibold said, although agriculture is the backbone of the economy, about 80 percent of the total farmers are small scale farmers but with the potential to transform into commercially viable farmers if supported appropriately. “It is for this reason that the government is determined to support small scale agriculture through Agribusiness Development. The government of Ghana under the leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has put in diverse measures through the introduction of ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ policy to promote the agribusiness sector encompassing farming related commercial activities which seek to create food security and also to produce raw materials to feed our industries while creating jobs in the process’, he emphasized.

He continued that it is therefore not a coincidence that the theme for this year’s 39th National Farmers ‘Day Celebration is focusing on Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilience. “It was deliberately couched to reflect the vision of His Excellency the President and to further his Planting for food and jobs agenda, he explained.

The MCE revealed that, Smart solutions for Sustainable Food Security as this year’s theme suggests, aims to combat the current and future challenges of food production and consumption which is brought about factors such as climate change, conflicts, malnutrition, biodiversity losses, water scarcity, natural disasters, food spikes among others.

He said Ayawaso Central may not be typical farming community, however through the Department of Agriculture and his office are ever ready to technically assist the youth and business minded persons who intend to venture into agriculture and related activities in the Municipality in order to succeed in earning decent livelihoods. The Municipal Chief Executive therefore encouraged people who have little space available on their compounds to effectively utilize it by undertaking Non-traditional agriculture such as vertical and container gardening, mushrooms, grasscutter, rabbit, snail and fish farming among others. “I assure you that my office is ever ready to assist you ’’, he stated.

 

The Municipal Agricultural Director of Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly, Miss Martina Mensah in her address commended farmers and all those involved in agricultural value chain for their persistent heroism and meritorious effort in making sure that food is always available on our tables. She said, Food Security is a complex socio-political concept which is more than just producing and supplying food. She continued that is a relationship between humans and nature that incorporates values and perceptions of food in the security of society (full brook 2010).

The Agric Director continued that, Food Security exist when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life (World Food summit 1996). She stated that more than 800 million people go hungry every year, yet almost one third of food grown and produced is lost or wasted. “Meanwhile, conflict, Weather extremes and economics shocks are causing production and supply chain issue that leave food systems vulnerable and so by transforming how is food is grown, produced and consumed, we can create secure ,sustainable and resilient food systems” She explained.

Miss Mensah said that it is extremely gratifying that we as Ghanaians have deemed it worthy to honor our men and women who through discipline and hard work, have excelled in their various fields of endeavour. “We want you farmers and all these involved in the Agricultural value chain here in gathered to know that we appreciate your  endeavours, perseverance and  determination to succeed’’ she stated.

The Agric Director used the opportunity to thank all who have contributed in diverse ways to the success

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day Planning Committee, she thanked all donors most sincerely and wished them great success in their business so that they could again demonstrate their support to the Municipality’s future programmes when they are called to do so.

She also expressed her gratitude to the Assembly for its staunch and unyielding support. “To the members of the Farmers’ Day Planning committee, I say Kudos for your hard work and commitment,’’ and to the Award winners, I say more grease to your elbows, keep your focus on higher laurels beyond the Municipality and never relent in your effort’’, she commended.

The Agric Director encouraged the Non-Award winners not to give up, but put the past behind them and press forward

Touching on the award winners, those who received award on the Municipal Best Organized Group were the Alajo marketers who trade in Alajo market and are dealers in all kinds of food items. They received 20 pieces of plastic chairs, wheel barrow, shovel and Disinfectants.                                                                                                  The best Agricultural Extension Agent was Linda Osei –Nti, a 29- year old single lady with one (1) child whose Educational background is Tertiary with 6 years working experience. She received a laptop, wire mash, cutlass, pesticides and weedicides. The Best Crop  Farmer was Sani Mohammed ,aged 35 and  married with four(4) children .He has 2 casual workers with established  business of 15 years .He deals in Exotic vegetables which are  carrots, lettuce, bell peppers, cucumber ,beetroot , Kale and broccoli including local vegetables  which are alefu , borkoborko ,  dandelion ,mint and basal leaves. He also have  fifteen  cattle’s .The Awards he received were  water storage Tank , pumping machine ,wheel barrow ,knapsack ,sprayer, Wellington Boots, spade and shovel, cutlass, Agro chemicals , personal protective clothing, wire mesh ,  weedicides, insecticides and Disinfectants. The best livestock Farmer was Israel Kojo Awuja, a 34 year old single man located in Alajo North .He owns 270 cockerels, 500 broilers, and 19 Turkeys.   Awards Received were water storage Tank, wheel barrow, knapsack sprayer, wellington Boots, spade and shovel, cutlass, wire Mesh, Disinfectants, wheat bran and  Grower Mash. The institution who emerged as the best in agriculture is Kokomlemle 2 Basic school located at Panama.  The school is only 2 years old with container Gardening of Tomatoes, coconut, cucumber, mango, Avocado pear, cocoyam and sweet pepper.  The awards  they received were water storage Tank , wheel  barrow , Knapsack sprayer , wellington Boot ,spade and shovel ,cutlass ,wire mesh , Agro chemicals , seeds, Disinfectants and weedicides. The Best woman poultry Farmer was Mrs. Gladys Nketiah Frimpong, a 64 year old located at Pig farm with two (2) laborers. Her Business is 3 years old with 500 broilers, 1200 layers, 15 Turkeys and 1 coconut tree. She received awards of water storage Tank, Deep freezer, wheel barrow , knapsack sprayer, wellington Boot ,spade and  shovel ,cutlass , mire mesh ,Agro chemicals , layer mash , wheat bran , personal protective Equipment (PPE) and 6 yards cloth.

The Overall best farmer in Ayawaso municipality for the year 2023 on the occasion of 39th Farmers’ Day Celebration was no other person than Mr. Emmanuel Quao Aikins, a 45 year old married man with 3 children. He established his Business 5 years ago with 2 temporal workers. He has a home gardening with Lettuce, green pepper, cucumber, radish and spices. He also owns 145 rabbits, 650 layers, 100 Brahma, plantain, coconut and carrots.  He received awards of chest Freezer ,wheel barrow ,knapsack sprayer , wellington Boots ,spade and shovel ,cutlass ,Agro chemicals , Disinfectants ,Feed (grower/layer mash) Personal protective clothing ,wire mesh , wheat bran , insecticide , weedicide and  poly tank .

 

Report by

                                                                      Ivy N.A.A. Quansah

                                                                                        (Mun. information Officer)

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH-PINK OCTOBER 2023 THEME: LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER-THRIVE 365

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH-PINK OCTOBER 2023 THEME: LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER-THRIVE 365

WHAT IS BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of malignant cells in the breast. The abnormal cells spread through the rest of the body through the lymphatic system. Breast cancer is the leading cancer amongst women and the second cause of cancer related deaths amongst women.

1 out of every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time.

STATISTICS

In the year 2020, 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer globally with a total of 685,000 deaths.

In Ghana, there were 4,482 diagnoses in the year 2020 with 2,055 deaths.

RISK FACTORS LEADING TO BREAST CANCER

  • Being a woman
  • Age
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Previous history of breast cancer
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol intake
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit
  • A change in the skin such as puckering, thickening or dimpling
  • Change in the colour of the breast
  • Abnormal discharge from the nipple
  • Changes in the size and shape of the breast

 

PREVENTION OF BREAST CANCER

  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Quit smoking
  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Breastfeed
  • Exercise and physical activities
  • Monthly self-breast examination

 BREAST CANCER IS PREVENTABLE, EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES!!!

FIELD TRIP TO AGRI-IMPACT GREENHOUSE VILLAGE

FIELD TRIP TO AGRI-IMPACT GREENHOUSE VILLAGE

Statistics from the Ministry of Trade and Industry estimated that, the country spent $9.3 million and $65,000 on annual importation of onions and chilli pepper respectively between the years 2013 and 2015. 

It is also on record that, Ghana produces about 400 thousand metric tonnes of tomato annually, that notwithstanding, Ghana imports about 75 thousand metric tonnes of fresh tomatoes annually from Burkina Faso, and a furthermore large quantities of tomato puree to complement the fresh ones; making it the most widely consumed vegetable in the country.

Reasons for this huge deficit include poor irrigation system and pest infestation among others.

Greenhouse Technology for vegetable production has however been proposed as the panacea to these challenges. To that effect, the Department of Agriculture of the Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly organized a field trip for crop farmers in the Municipality to the Greenhouse Village at Dawhenya on the 27th July, 2023 to learn about this technology.

NEWLY CONFIRMED AYAWASO CENTRAL MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE – ARCHIBOLD COBBINAH VISITS CIRCLE AND MALLAM ATTA MARKET.

NEWLY CONFIRMED AYAWASO CENTRAL MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE – ARCHIBOLD COBBINAH VISITS CIRCLE AND MALLAM ATTA MARKET.

The newly confirmed Municipal Chief Executive – Hon. Archibold Cobbinah has paid a working visit to the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Mallam Atta Market on Thursday 27th July 2023.

He embarked on this working visit in the company of the newly posted Municipal Coordinating Director, Ishmael Nana Ogyefo and some Heads of Department and Units after his maiden Management Meeting.

Hon. Archibold Cobbinah used this working visit to ascertain the various activities and challenges in the various markets.The MCE assured the traders of further engagements and collaborations to enhance their business environment.

The Team also visited the Circle Police Station, where the MCE was received by the Station Master who assured of their readiness in maintaining law and order to protect lives and properties within the enclave.

At the Mallam Atta Market Hon. Archibold engaged some market women and assured them of further engagements by the Assembly to ascertain and embark their prevailing challenges and deploy interventions aimed at revamping the Market. He also paid a brief visit to the Mallam Atta Clinic.

Hon. Archibold ended his tour with an appreciation message to his team members and called on them to be prepared to make sacrifices in the interest of the Municipality.

 

CONFIRMATION OF NEW MCE FOR AYAWASO CENTRAL MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY

CONFIRMATION OF NEW MCE FOR AYAWASO CENTRAL MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY

A new MCE, Hon Archibald M.A Cobbina the president’s nominee, has been confirmed massively by the Assembly members of Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly after the old one, Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Ababio Quaye resigned.

16 out of 17 Assembly Members who turned out to vote at the Ayawaso Central Municipal Health/Education Directorate at Kotobabi in Accra unanimously confirmed Mr. Archibald Cobbina.

He was nominated by His Excellency, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo as a result of the resignation of the former Chief Executive due to some health challenges.

In his acceptance speech, the MCE Elect, Mr. Archibald Cobbina said ‘’patience is indeed a virtue and humility is also a virtue’’.

He first and foremost expressed his gratitude to the Almighty God and then to the president of Ghana for nominating him.

He was grateful to the Assembly Members of Ayawaso Central for unanimously confirming him.

The chiefs of Ayawaso Central were not left out as he expressed his gratitude towards their massive support for him.

Touching on his responsibilities, he promised to carry the municipality to the height we are all expecting it to be. He mentioned that he was aware of the challenges that the municipality is facing and promised therefore that, with determination, nothing is too difficult to be done.

“Revenue mobilization will be a top priority, we will employ needful digitalization to collect revenue for the assembly”, he said.

He also touched on sanitation by saying that we will work to make sure that the municipality is clean always.

He concluded by saying that a collective effort is required from both the Assembly members and the staff to achieve this aim.

The outgoing MCE, Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Ababio Quaye also expressed his gratitude to the president for his support and trust as the former MCE.

He was also grateful to the Assembly members and staff for their masive support for him during his tenure of office as MCE of Ayawaso Central.

He expressed confidence in his successor, the newly elected MCE, Hon. Archibald Cobbina of what he is capable of doing to make the Assemby move forward’’. Alhaji Mohammed Quaye assured his successor of his readiness to contribute in any way to assist in the development of Ayawaso Central Municipality.

‘’I look forward to the bright future that lies ahead in the leadership of Mr. Archibald M. A. Cobbinah MCE’’ the former MCE ended.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso Central, Hon. Henry Quartey eulogized the former MCE, describing him as one of the stalwarts of the party who had worked for the party since 1969.

The Regional Minister expressed his admiration for the former MCE and said that it was unusual for people occupying such highly prestigious positions to resign in the event of any challenges they may be facing; that he said he has won the hearts of many including himself. He said, “on this day, I have a lot of respect, admiration and love for him”.

Hon. Quartey also stated that the confirmed MCE, Hon. Archibald Cobbina was capable of continuing and adding to the footprint of the former MCE, Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Quaye, following his contribution to the NPP at the constituency for decades and therefore has to be supported by all the Assembly members and the constituents to achieve his vision.

 

 

                                                                                              Report by:

                                                                                            Ivy N. A. A. Quansah

                                                                                       (Municipal Information Officer)

Reading Festival: 48-hours reading session ends in Ayawaso Central

Reading Festival: 48-hours reading session ends in Ayawaso Central

The 48-hour reading session for both students and locals of Ayawaso Central constituency concluded at the weekend as part of programmes to commemorate the Accra World Book Capital (AWBC.
The AWBC is a UNESCO-sponsored reading strategy aimed at encouraging school children and community members to read.

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) oversaw the reading festival, on the theme: “Reading to Connect Minds for Development”, held under the auspices of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Accra was chosen as the fourth African city to host the event this year due to its efforts to promote youth empowerment activities throughout the sub-region.
Mr Alexander Tsumasi, the Assembly Member of Ayidiki Electoral Area, were the programme was held, told the Ghana News Agency that reading was very important for human growth, emphasising that residents, including students, should strive to read on regular basis.
He said reading provided an opportunity to learn new vocabulary and broaden one’s horizon to acquire more knowledge.

Parents and guardians must constantly guarantee that their children read from reliable and relevant sources in order to be responsible citizens.
Mrs Rhoda Akueteh, the Director of the Ayawaso Central NCCE, expressed gratitude for the huge turnout of participants and that the NCCE would continue to sponsor educational programmes to help residents and students build their knowledge power.
She urged parents to continue to provide relevant reading and other learning materials for their children to prevent them from giving excuses not to read