LIVELIHOOD EMPOWERMENT AGAINST POVERTY

LIVELIHOOD EMPOWERMENT AGAINST POVERTY

The Ayawaso central municipal Assembly on the 7th December,2022 transferred the 79th and 80th cash grant to its LEAP households, it has eight (8) beneficiary households within its twelve electoral areas they are currently receiving cash transfer under the LEAP program

2022 WORLD AIDS DAY

2022 WORLD AIDS DAY

The Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly collaborated with the Municipal Health Directorate to commence the celebration of the

‘2022 WORLD AIDS DAY’.

The theme for the celebration was,

‘20 YEARS OF MULTI-SECTORAL HIV RESPONSE: ACCELARATING PROGRESS TO END AIDS’

The activity started from 1st to 3rd December, 2022.HIV/AIDS is on the increase especially within the greater Accra region which has its percentage 2.3 % higher than the national percentage at 3.4 % and national at 2.4%, as a result of these alarming realization the assembly embarked on counselling and testing at circle and at kokomlemle ATTC school park, during the celebration of 2022 Farmers Day and also at the Attah nii park at Nkansah Djan

AYAWASO CENTRAL CELEBRATES 38TH FARMERS DAY

AYAWASO CENTRAL CELEBRATES 38TH FARMERS DAY

The Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly has celebrated its edition of 38 th National Farmers
Day at the Accra Technical Training Centre in Accra. The celebration was the Assembly’s 3 rd
edition since its inception in February, 2019.
Speaking at the programme, the Municipal Chief Executive of the Ayawaso Central Municipal
Assembly, Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Ababio Quaye said, as we are all aware, the first Friday of
December in every year has been set aside to celebrate and recognize hardworking farmers and
fisher folks as well as all those involved in the Agriculture value chain who have contributed
tremendously towards the socio-economic growth of our dear nation.

He said, it is therefore not out of place that Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly has joined the
nation in this solemn occasion to highlight and appreciate our hardworking farmers and all those
who have contributed their quota to the Agricultural progression of this Municipality and the
Country as a whole.
The MCE therefore congratulated all the winners for this year’s celebration. He expressed his
heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated farmers and all those involved in the Agriculture value chain
who against all odds put in their exhaustive energy to offer the desired food security to this
Nation and also sustain our industrial machinery over the years.

Touching on this year’s theme for the celebration which is “Accelerating Agricultural
Development through Value Addition”, Hon. Alhaji Quaye said, the theme has carefully been
selected to reflect the continuing needs to improve agriculture in the country.
He however used the opportunity to call for the support of the planting for Food and Jobs agenda
by the government to help products and add value to it. He urged Ghanaians to consume more of
what we produce in Ghana to improve our economic well-being as a country.
The MCE made known that other interventions by the the Assembly and the Municipal
Agricultural Directorate include training of livestock farmers in feed formulation, training
market women in food safety and hygiene, Training Crop Farmers on climate change mitigating
measures, Vaccination of small ruminants against PPR as well as vaccination of Cats and Dogs
against rabies which is currently ongoing in the Municipality.
He said, despite Ayawaso Central not being a tradition farming community due to insufficient
land, the Assembly still supports residents, especially the youth to venture into backyard
farming, vertical, poultry farming, rabbit and grass cutter farming, snail farming, mushroom
farming, fish farming as well as agro-processing and value addition to agricultural products.
The Municipal Director of Agriculture in Ayawaso Central, Mrs. Martina Mensah in her address
said, “if we can locally produce what we eat and consume what we produce and possibly add
value to our produce, it will enhance our socio-economic well-being as people”. ‘It is therefore

imperative that we take advantage of all resources at our disposal which include the little spaces
on our compounds and in our backyards coupled with the technical assistance from the
Municipal Agricultural Directorate to produce food and subsequently add value to it irrespective
of the quantities’’, she stated.

She continued 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 endeavor. “We want you farmers and all those involved in the agricultural value chain
herein gathered to know that we appreciate your efforts, endeavors, perseverance and
determination to success”.
The Agric Director expressed her gratitude to everyone who in diverse ways contributed to make
the Farmers’ Day celebration a reality. “Making an occasion like this come to a reality could not
have been the singular effort of an individual or institution, but a network of collaborators”, she
stated. She thanked all donors and wished them success in their businesses so that they could
support again in the future when they are called to do so.
Mrs. Mensah also expressed her gratitude to the Municipal 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”. She also wished the Award winners well and advised them to
keep their focus on higher laurels beyond the Municipality and never relent in their efforts. “And
to the non-award winners, I say don’t give up, put the past behind you and press forward”, She
concluded.
A 39 year old Carlos Selassie Yaotse who is a catfish, snail and local birds farmer was adjudged
the Overall Best Municipal Farmer.

For his prize, he took home a tricycle, Water tank, wheel
barrow, knapsack sprayer, Wellington boots and other farming implements. The best Woman
farmer was Hajia Alima Nabbah

and she also took home Water tank, wheel barrow, knapsack
sprayer, Wellington boots and other farming tools. The best Municipal Poultry farmer also went
to Mr. David Nii Tetteh Ahinakwa. He took home Water storage tank, Deep Freezer, Wheel
barrow, knapsack sprayer, Wellington boots, feed mash and other farming materials. The best
Institution in Agric went to Abavanna Cluster of schools. They received Water storage tank,
wheel barrow, knapsack sprayer, Wellington boots, Agro chemicals, fertilizers, seeds and other
farming tools. The best Youth in Agric went to Adams Arafat who also took home Water
Storage Tank, Wheel barrow, Knapsack Sprayer, Wellington boots, Table Top Fridge and other
farming tools.

Dignitaries who graced the occasion were the New Town Chief, Nii Aduananko II, the Kotobabi
Chief Commander, Madam Augustina Enti, the Nima Divisional Commander, Mr. Eric Asiedu
and the Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Julius Kuunuor.

Report by:
Miss Ivy N.A.A. Quansah
(Mun. Information Officer)

MCE’s COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH CIRCLE TRADERS

MCE’s COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH CIRCLE TRADERS

1.0 Background

As part of the mandate of the office of Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) to promote and implement government policies at the local level, deliver quality public services, and improve social inclusion, the MCE engages the various communities in the Municipality in order to fully realize harnessing the potentials of the Assembly for growth.

2.0 The objective of the MCE’s Community Engagement

The objectives of the engagement are;

  • Interact with the chiefs and people of the communities to get firsthand information on the challenges they face and how best the Assembly can address them
  • Sensitize the community members on their rights in order to highlight the need to increase participation in the Assembly’s activities
  • Highlight and promote partnerships with business enterprises in the Municipality

 

3.0 Opening of the forum

The facilitator commended the leadership of circle traders for engaging their members to heed to the call of Hon. the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE).

The chairman of the circle pioneers welcomed the MCE and his officers to circle, the hub of trade in the Municipality. He expressed his joy and that of the traders to receive the representative of the President of the Republic of Ghana.

 

3.1 Remarks by the Municipal Coordinating Director

The Municipal Coordinating Director thanked the leadership of the traders for giving the Assembly the opportunity to engage with them. She used the opportunity to welcome them to the meeting and indicated the Assembly’s continuous support to the cause of the Municipality in general. She added that circle is a huge place for trade, and it is the Assembly’s plan to engage them to offer the see growth of business.

4.0 Remarks by the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Quaye

The Hon. Municipal Chief Executive thanked the leadership of the market, participants and all stakeholders who made it to the engagement session with the circle traders.

He further indicated that he is instructed by law, especially the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936) to engage all stakeholders in the Municipality to put together all needs and aspirations of the people in the communities, and profess lasting solutions to curb them.

He further indicated that his office is bent on allocating time to discuss issues of development pertaining circle trade.

He urged participants to take interest in partaking effectively in the forum to open the floodgate of bringing for new proposals that would encourage sustainable solutions to the challenges.

The Municipal Chief Executive made a short presentation on the achievement of the Assembly as follows:

4.1 Programmes Implemented Since Establishment

The Municipal Chief Executive also briefed the traders on some of the projects and programmes the Assembly has implemented over the period of its existence. He added that the Assembly is doing a lot with tolls it collects from traders. He therefore encouraged each and every one to do his/her best to pay, since the little put together could be used to undertake more developmental project.  He highlighted some of the projects and programmes that Assembly has been able to implement since its establishment. Among them were;

  • Construction of storm drains
  • Construction of U-drains
  • Maintenance works at the Mallam Atta Market
  • Installation of metal gates at the Mallam Atta Market
  • Maintenance of Street Lights across the Municipality
  • Construction of Fence Walls at some Basic Schools
  • Provision of Water Storage Facilities
  • Construction of 4-storey Assembly office complex
  • Classroom blocks for some basic school (including KG blocks)
  • Disbursement of the PWD component of DACF
  • Settle Child non-maintenance cases
  • Sensitization programs on good hygiene practices
  • Distribution of furniture to GES office and schools
  • Facilitate the formation of reading clubs in schools
  • Enforcing the construction of household toilet facilities
  • Screening food handlers to ensure safety

 

In his conclusion, he urged participants to consciously assist the Assembly to deliver the best for the Municipality to enhance the livelihood of the good people of Ayawaso Central Municipality.

5.0 Concerns raised by traders of circle

  • A complaint was made about the fencing at Circle. They asserted that the fencing hinders them from making enough sales as it prevents customers from coming there.
  • A further complaint was made about the fencing. This was about the municipal assembly hesitating to deal with some victims who had cut down the fence made by the assembly while other victims have been arrested.
  • Sanitation- Circle No. 2 executives expressed that the assembly should ensure that municipal members take part in the sanitation day set by the government.
  • The traders addressed the assembly members on the unit committee’s failure to provide the necessary tools for the clean-up exercise despite preventing them from selling on such days.
  • The traders raised concerns about the provision of dustbins to improve sanitation
  • A complaint was raised about the refusal of the assembly to collect the sand in the gutters after they have been distilled
  • The traders expressed their grievance about the assembly using force to collect BOPs after some months of being reluctant in collecting the BOPs.

6.0 Responses by the Assembly

  • The MCE told traders not to hesitate to point out victims who cut down fences so they can be dealt with. He addressed the fact that the assembly always tries to deal with all victims without favoritism
  • The MCD made it clear that completely taking away the fences can affect sanitation. However, since such a complaint has been raised they are going to sit as an assembly to find a solution to their problem
  • The MCE added that traders were not supposed to be selling at some locations and it was the reason for the fencing. He advised traders to adhere to regulations
  • The MIS officer told traders not to be waiting for officials before they make the payment but they should make it a point to come to the assembly to pay.
  • In addressing the concern about the billing of items, the Budget Officer made it clear that the sizes of the shops do not matter in terms of billing. The billing of items differs though the shops may be of the same size
  • The MCE asserted that the assembly does not have a place to relocate traders who sell by the roadside. In addressing their complaint, he advised that they speak to the shop owners in order to figure a way out
  • The MEHO asked traders to play their part in selecting a preferred dustbin so they can continue from there as an assembly.

7.0 Recommendations by the traders

  • A trader suggested that the assembly publicly updates them on billing amounts in order to increase awareness of the amounts they need to pay
  • Traders who sell by the roadside pleaded with the assembly not to sack them because they have nowhere to sell. They suggested that the assembly relocates them.
  • The trader pleaded with the assembly to always see to it that projects are completed

8.0 Closing

In his Closing remarks, the Hon. MCE thanked the leadership of circle traders for their participation. He assured them that their concerns will be prioritized in order to offer solutions to them.

DISBURSEMENT TO PWD’S

DISBURSEMENT TO PWD’S

The Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly on Thursday, 24th November, 2022 disbursed the disability common fund to forty-two (42) registered, vetted and approved Persons with Disability (PWDs).

Out of the amount, forty-two (42) PWDs benefitted from the following

Inspection On Expired Goods at Mallam Atta Market

Inspection On Expired Goods at Mallam Atta Market

The NADMO Department of the Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly on 23rd November, 2022, visited some shops at the Mallam Atta Market to inspect expired goods.

This was to ensure that consumers are protected and safe. Again, the exercise was aimed at avoiding diseases on consumers in and out of the Municipality.

 

 

Sensitization of Market Women on Perennial Fire Outbreaks.

Sensitization of Market Women on Perennial Fire Outbreaks.

The NADMO Department of the Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly on the 12th of November, 2022 created public awareness and interaction with women of the Mallam Atta Market on the causes of recurring fire outbreaks and measures of prevention.

This exercise was to help curb the concurrent out reak of fires in market places and the entire municipality.

REGISTRATION OF VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS ONTO THE NHIS AT THE PANAMA PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR AKOA NDOR AND MALLAM ATTAH ELECTORAL AREAS IN ADDITION WAS SENSITISATION ON HOW TO ACCESS DISABILITY FUND

REGISTRATION OF VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS ONTO THE NHIS AT THE PANAMA PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR AKOA NDOR AND MALLAM ATTAH ELECTORAL AREAS IN ADDITION WAS SENSITISATION ON HOW TO ACCESS DISABILITY FUND

On the 19th November, 2022 the assembly organized free National Health registration for vulnerable households at Akoa ndor and mallam attah electoral area,and the venue was panama school park. As part of the program was sensitization of households on how to access the 3% disability fund for persons living with disability

Education on the Right To Information Law for Stakeholders Within The Assembly

Education on the Right To Information Law for Stakeholders Within The Assembly

As part of Government effort to promote and implement the Right to Information Act 989, Act (2019)
The Right to Information Unit of the Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly (ACMA) in collaboration with the Access to Information division (ATI) of the Information Services Department (ISD), Ministry of Information on Thursday, 18th November 2022 educated Stakeholders within the Municipality on the Right to Information Law.

The sensitization Education started with a welcome address from the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Assembly Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Quaye who indicates the purpose of the education saying that “we are here to familiarize ourselves with the provisions of the RTI Act 989 and also make stakeholders aware that it is their Fundamental right to request for Information under Section 1 of the Act 989 (2019)

 

Facilitators of the training Mr Senanu Nyadro and Mr. George Frimpong who are Principal Information Officers with the division took time to expound on the topics of the Background, application process, Exemptions and the decision of the Commission on the Right to Information Act.

 

The sensitization Informed participants about the details of the of the implementation as stated in the constitutional right to Information held by public institutions, subject to the exemptions that are necessary and consistent with the protection of public interest in a democratic society.

The Education also saw and interactive session where participants had the opportunity to ask questions and make contributions to the conversation.

MCE’s COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH TRADERS OF MALLAM ATTA MARKET

MCE’s COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH TRADERS OF MALLAM ATTA MARKET

1.0 Background

As part of the mandate of the office of Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) to promote and implement government policies at the local level, deliver quality public services, and improve social inclusion, the MCE engages the various communities in the Municipality in order to fully realize harnessing the potentials of the Assembly for growth.

2.0 The objective of the MCE’s Community Engagement

The objectives of the engagement are;

  • Interact with the chiefs and people of the communities to get firsthand information on the challenges they face and how best the Assembly can address them
  • Sensitize the community members on their rights in order to highlight the need to increase participation in the Assembly’s activities
  • Highlight and promote partnership with business enterprises in the Municipality

 

3.0 Opening of the forum

The facilitator for the session who doubles as the Assembly member for Aryee Diki, Hon. Alexander Twumasi-Mensah in his remarks commended the Municipal Chief Executive for rolling out such a program to advisedly comply with the dictate of the governing laws of the land, as well as other officers of the Assembly for participating in the community engagement program.

The queen mother of the Mallam Atta market was given the opportunity to introduce the various leaders of the market. Some of the leaders she introduced were, the leaders for tomato sellers, corn and cassava dough sellers, onion sellers, vegetable sellers, fish sellers, Meat sellers, charcoal sellers among others.

 

3.1 Remarks by the Municipal Coordinating Director

The Municipal Coordinating Director thanked the leadership of the market for giving the Assembly the opportunity to engage with them. She used the opportunity to welcome them to the meeting and indicated the Assembly’s continuous support to the cause of the Municipality in general. She added that the leadership has been expecting this meeting for a very long time and that she is particularly happy that finally this meeting has been organized. She indicated the Assembly’s willingness to take their grievances and work towards them.

The Queen Mother introducing the Market leaders

4.0 Remarks by the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Quaye

The Hon. Municipal Chief Executive thanked the leadership of the market, participants and all stakeholders who made it to the engagement session with the Mallam Atta Market traders.

He further indicated that he is instructed by law, especially the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936) to engage all stakeholders in the Municipality to put together all needs and aspirations of the people in the communities, and profess lasting solutions to curb them.

He further indicated that his office is bent on allocating time to discuss issues of development pertaining the Mallam Atta market.

He urged participants to take interest in partaking effectively in the forum to open the floodgate of bringing for new proposals that would encourage sustainable solutions to the challenges.

The Municipal Chief Executive made a short presentation on the achievement of the Assembly as follows:

4.1 Programmes Implemented Since Establishment

The Municipal Chief Executive also briefed the traders on some of the projects and programmes the Assembly has implemented over the period of its existence. He added that the Assembly is doing a lot with tolls it collects from traders. He therefore encouraged each and every one to do his/her best to pay, since the little put together could be used to undertake more developmental project.  He highlighted some of the projects and programmes that Assembly has been able to implement since its establishment. Among them were;

  • Construction of storm drains
  • Construction of U-drains
  • Maintenance works at the Mallam Atta Market
  • Installation of metal gates at the Mallam Atta Market
  • Maintenance of Street Lights across the Municipality
  • Construction of Fence Walls at some Basic Schools
  • Provision of Water Storage Facilities
  • Construction of 4-storey Assembly office complex
  • Classroom blocks for some basic school (including KG blocks)
  • Disbursement of the PWD component of DACF
  • Settle Child non-maintenance cases
  • Sensitization programs on good hygiene practices
  • Distribution of furniture to GES office and schools
  • Facilitate the formation of reading clubs in schools
  • Enforcing the construction of household toilet facilities
  • Screening food handlers to ensure safety

In his conclusion, he urged participants to consciously assist the Assembly to deliver the best for the Municipality to enhance the livelihood of the good people of Ayawaso Central Municipality.

The MCD answering questions from the participants

5.0 Concerns raised by traders of Mallam Atta Market

  • One participant quizzed, is the Mallam Atta Market is a residential place or a market place? In furtherance, the participants indicated that the market place has become the home for some people near and far and even for some traders who do not sell at the market. Some of these people even get up at dawn and bath in the market. They added that, from 7:00 pm the market is used as entertainment grounds.
  • Poor security at the market place: the traders also reported on the frequent occurrence of theft in the market. People break into peoples locked cupboards to steal their items.
  • The market gets flooded whenever it rains: the participants explained that, anytime it rains, the market becomes inaccessible and so wanted to know the measures the Assembly can put in place in solving this.
  • Poor sanitary condition of the market: the traders again raised the concern that, people dump used diapers, human waste into the gutters, which is causing serious health problems to the market women.
  • Another concern was the fact that there were rumors going on that the market is being sold out.
  • Some of the traders also raised the concern that the charcoal and meat sellers do not pay their daily tolls as required of them.
  • They also raised the concern of the market being surrounded with so many dogs. These dogs do pose threats to some of the users of the market.
Registration of Participants

6.0 Responses by the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD)

  • The MCD in her response indicated that the market area is designated for market activities, therefore, any residential use of the area would not be countenanced. She further indicated that it would be so easy for the Assembly to eject any person in the shortest possible time, using same for residential facilities. She added that the Assembly has plans for the place and that the Regional Minister has even assured his commitment to lead the process when the time comes. She therefore asked that the people exercise patient. She continued to say that until that time, the Assembly will do it best to protect the place. She even sighted an example of the erection of the gates as one of the measures the Assembly took but unfortunately they were destroyed within a fortnight.
  • With regards to the place getting flooded when it rains, the Municipal Works Engineer said what could be done in the interim since the whole market is earmarked for redevelopment, would be to gravel the flooded place. He added that, an assessment will be carried out by the Municipal Works Engineer for further action to be taken.
  • The concern raised with regards to the fact that the charcoal and meat sellers do not pay the daily tolls. Both the charcoal and meat sellers admitted to this fact. The meat sellers attributed this to the fact that, after they had paid for their medical certificate it took so long a time before the certificate was issued to them. They added that now that they have that certificate they will start paying the daily tolls.

According to the charcoal sellers, they have been paying the daily tolls. After some deliberations, it was realized that what they do pay was for the bulk charcoal when they are brought. MCD requested that aside the payment for the bulk goods, they also need to pay the daily tolls.

  • With the poor market sanitary condition, the Municipal Coordinating Director responded that, the Assembly is aware the market has its own bi-laws governing the activities and operation of the market. She requested that the various leaders of the market organize to have a meeting with management so that those laws would be accepted and use as bi-laws to regulate the activities and operations in the market to minimize some of the bad practices going on in the market.
  • The concern with dogs seen over all the market place, the MCD asked the leaders of the various sections to give notice to the owners of the dogs to make sure all the dogs are removed from the market as soon as possible. She also tasked the Assembly Members to also assist in ensuring that this is done.
  • The Municipal Coordinating Director further noted that, since the traders are faced with a lot of challenges, the market leaders should schedule a meeting with the Regional Minister, Assembly members and all the other relevant stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the challenges as soon as possible.

7.0 Closing

In his Closing remarks, the Hon. MCE noted the concerns of participants with passionate interest and assured them that the Management of the Assembly will take the necessary steps to ensure their challenges are addressed. The MCE added that the Assembly is working very hard to bring needed development that would improve their living conditions.