KWAHU EAST ASSEMBLY CONSTRUCTS BOREHOLES, TOILET FACILITIES FOR 2 TOWNS

The Kwahu East District Assembly is embarking on an all-important project to construct boreholes and sanitary facilities in Akropong and Nsuase communities in the district.

The project is aimed at providing easy access to safe and potable water, while improving hygiene in the most vulnerable rural communities and smaller towns across the District.

Addressing Assembly members at its ordinary meeting at Mpraeso, District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Emmanuel Ata Ofori explained that, the boreholes will also provide uninterrupted water supply to the to the 10 seater two separate Water Closet (WC) toilet facilities in the communities to properly maintain the facilities.

According to him, the move is partially aimed at ensuring that communities sustain their open defecation free status, and improve the management of liquid and solid wastes.

He urged Ghanaians to rally behind the Akufo-Addo government since it was still committed to fight against poor sanitation management in most parts of the country, adding that the recent waste management policies and initiatives were clear indications of its relentless fight against the menace.

Inauguration Of Atiwa East District Assembly Held

The newly created Atiwa East District Assembly has been inaugurated at Anyinam.
The district was carved out of the Atiwa District as one of the 38 newly created Municipal and District Assemblies in the country.
The Member of Parliament for Atiwa East, Mrs Abena Osei Asare, urged the people and the Assembly members to work hard to raise the district to a Municipal status.
She advised officials of the Assembly to use their resources judiciously to help improve the living standards of the people in the district.
Mrs Asare announced that a vocational school would soon be established in the district to offer meaningful training to the youth to acquire vocational skills.
The District Chief Executive for Atiwa Mr Kwabena Panin Nkansa urged the Assembly members to come out with new strategies in collaboration with the management of the Assembly to generate adequate revenue to compliment the efforts of the central government to finance all development projects in the communities.
The Chief of Adasawase and Acting Akyim Abuakwa Gyasehene, Osabarima Dr Kwame Tia II, urged management and staff of the assembly to avoid corruption and mismanagement of the resources of the Assembly and undertake meaningful development projects to enhance the living standards of the people.
He gave the assurance of the readiness of chiefs in the district to release land for development projects of the Assembly.
Source: modernghana.com

Fanteakwa South District Assembly Inaugurated

Osino (E/R), March 16, GNA – The newly created Fanteakwa South District Assembly (FSDA) has been inaugurated with Osino to serve as the district capital.
Mr Joseph Tetteh, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, giving the keynote address on behalf of the President, urged officials of the new assembly to discharge their duties effectively to help improve upon the livng standards of the people in the district.
Mr Kofi Okyere Ajekum, Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa South, called on the youth to take advantage of the opportunities available in the district to better their lives.
Osinohene Osaberima Otu Darku IV, expressed gratitude to the President on behalf of his people and called on investors to come and invest in the new district to create jobs for the youth.
Osaberima Darku said the chiefs and elders of Osino have allocated 50 acres of land to the newly created district assembly and called for the judicious use of the land to enhance development in the district.
The Fanteakwa South District Assembly was carved out of the Fanteakwa North District Assembly in the Eastern Region of Ghana
Present at the event was the District Chief Executive for Fanteakwa North, Mr Charles Oware Tweneboah, Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa North, Mr Kenneth Amankwa Asiamah , Assembly Members for both Fanteakea North and South and Dasebre Awuah Kotoko II, Benkumhene of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area .
Source: GNA

38 new districts start work on 15/03/18

All the thirty-eight (38) newly created districts will commence work today [Thursday].
The Deputy Local Government Minister, Augustine Collins Ntim, told Citi News that all is set for the inauguration of the new districts later this morning.
He added that the assemblies will operate from temporary office spaces provided by the government.
He however noted that there is a plan to get them to operate from permanent office spaces.
“We are going to inaugurate the assemblies through the temporary office space that we have identified, and going forward we are going to have permanent administration blocks. We’ve managed to put in place all the key staff in the various assemblies,” he said.
Parliament in 2017 passed a bill to allow the creation of the new districts, which the Local Government Ministry said at the time, will help bring development closer to the people.
Mr Ntim said he was optimistic the vision of the Ministry will be realized in no time as the number of districts across the country increases to 254.
See the full list of new districts below:
LIST OF DISTRICTS
• Ahafo Ano South West District Assembly
• Ahafo Ano South East District Assembly
• Amansie South District Assembly
• Amansie West District Assembly
• Atwima Nwabiagya North District Assembly
• Adansi South District Assembly
• Akrofruom District Assembly
• Adansi North District Assembly
• Adansi Asokwa District Assembly
• Obuasi East District Assembly
• Afigya Kwabre South District Assembly
• Afigya Kwabre North District Assembly
• Pru West District Assembly)
• Pru East District Assembly)
• Berekum West District Assembly)
• Assin North District Assembly
• Gomoa Central District Assembly
• Gomoa East District Assembly
• Asene Manso District Assembly
• Okere District Assembly
• Atiwa West District Assembly
• Atiwa East District Assembly
• Fanteakwa South District Assembly
• Fanteakwa North District Assembly
• Nanton District Assembly
• Bunkpurugu District Assembly
• Yunyoo District Assembly)
• Bolga East District Assembly
• Garu District Assembly
• Tempane District Assembly

Source: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana

REDESIGNED WEBSITE LAUNCHED – NALAG

The National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana – NALAG, has yesterday, 13th March, 2018, launched a redesigned “interactive” website designed for optimal reading and usage. Built using, the state of art system, the website is available exclusively to internet subscribers who have a desire to know more about local governance and decentralisation in Ghana.

“We have taken significant time during this process to think through not only how we do serve our members, but, perhaps more importantly, WHY we do so.” Said Mr. Kokro Amankwa, the General Secretary of the Association. “Our rebranding, capacity building, advocacy, lobbying, and website, comprise the new face of the organization, and we are proud of this presentation. Beneath this new exterior, our core remains the same.” He added.

Speaking also at the launch, Mr. Michael Flint, Chief Executive Officer of XGF solutions (designers of the new website) indicated that the current nature of new media makes it necessary for organisations to make use of state of the art designs to make websites faster and easier to use. “In an increasingly virtual age, a site represents the public face of a company or an organization, as well as a forum for interaction with members, partners, colleagues and stakeholders, organisations must therefore create their websites to suit their image.” he stated.

So why should you use the redesigned website? Well, here’s six awesome features you won’t find with the old NALAG websites:

  1. District Profile:The redesigned website will make it possible for the profile of NALAG’s core members (Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies – MMDAs) to be shared with the international community through direct download from the District page under each region.
  2. Interactivity: Comments can now be shared on the redesigned website on issues of local governance and decentralisation. NALAG social media platforms can be accessed from the website and vice versa.
  3. Programmes and Projects:NALAG Programmes can now be assessed on the website. Specific reports programmes and projects will be shared on the website for both internal and external assess.
  4. NALAG Departments: The website will feature each department in the NALAG secretariat and their various roles in achieving the vision and mission of NALAG.
  5. File Upload: NALAG members can now upload files that will be required of them from NALAG without necessarily having to go through the regular e-mailing system. This will also boost the NALAG database system been setup.
  6. NALAG Location: Unlike the previous website, the current one has the map of NALAG house (google map) incorporated and members and stakeholders who will want to pay a visit to NALAG House, can go to the contact column and follow the direction of the map to the Secretariat.

Profile of members will be uploaded to the district column as and when it is received so keep up with your visits to the website or contact the secretariat through any of the official lines or send us e-mail for us to help you with your need.

38 new districts to start work on Thursday

All thirty-eight new districts will commence work by Thursday, March 15, the Head of Local Government Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur has said this is to enhance the decentralization agenda of the government. He told Citi News work will commence after the completion of staff allocation on Wednesday. Parliament in 2017, passed a bill to allow the creation of the new districts. The Local Government Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama, stressed that it will bring development closer to the people.
Dr. Ato Arthur said he is confident of the contribution of the new districts to national development.
“The indication is that, we inaugurate 15 th of this month, that is on Thursday. That is why from
the office of the Head of Local Government Service, the staff who will be working in these places, have to be in place by 14 th of March, that is Wednesday, so that by 15 th when they are being inaugurated, the staff will be there already and they will be shown to the community or the people that these are the staff who will be starting the new municipalities,” he told Citi News.

See the full list of new districts below:

LIST OF DISTRICTS

  • • Ahafo Ano South West District Assembly
    • Ahafo Ano South East District Assembly
    • Amansie South District Assembly
    • Amansie West District Assembly
    • Atwima Nwabiagya North District Assembly
    • Adansi South District Assembly
    • Akrofruom District Assembly
    • Adansi North District Assembly
    • Adansi Asokwa District Assembly
    • Obuasi East District Assembly
    • Afigya Kwabre South District Assembly
    • Afigya Kwabre North District Assembly
    • Pru West District Assembly)
    • Pru East District Assembly)
    • Berekum West District Assembly)
    • Assin North District Assembly
    • Gomoa Central District Assembly
    • Gomoa East District Assembly
    • Asene Manso District Assembly
    • Okere District Assembly
    • Atiwa West District Assembly
  • Atiwa East District Assembly
    • Fanteakwa South District Assembly
    • Fanteakwa North District Assembly
    • Nanton District Assembly
    • Bunkpurugu District Assembly
    • Yunyoo District Assembly
    • Bolga East District Assembly
    • Garu District Assembly
    • Tempane District Assembly
    Source: Pius Amihere Eduku/citifmonline.com/Ghana

NALAG to Launch Redesigned Website Today

The National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) will launch its re-designed website on 13 th March, 2018. The new platform, which will allow for better integration of video and photography with text, among other features, had been previously announced. The re-designed website will maintain its domain name and official email address to enable its members and other stakeholders to stay in touch with the Association.

Hon. Kokro Amankwa, the General Secretary for NALAG, said in a statement that the goal was to improve the user experience for both members and stakeholders. The redesign includes features like responsive designs and faster-loading pages, and allows for much more reader engagement with the content. Readers will be able to make comments directly alongside contributing to articles on local
governance and decentralization. It will also feature profiles of District Assemblies and give access to social media platforms of the Association. “With more prominent video and photography, the new features are highl immersive and enhance our readers’ ability to share and comment on articles,”
Hon. Kokro said in a statement. NALAG upholds its aim to promote the development of Local government administration and decentralization in Ghana through Advocacy and Lobbying, and providing a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas, experience and information on matters of mutual interest related to local government and decentralization, among other objectives.

NALAG schools members on good governance

A Local Governance Expert and Lead Consultant of Popular Participation Roll out Workshops, Edem Senanu, has advocated for transparency, participation by citizens and systems control as core pillars of good governance and effective decentralization at the assemblies.
He noted that the country over the years has been scoring high marks in systems control, but low in accountability, transparency and participation, attributing it to the country’s failure to pass the right to information bill, and citizens inability to participate the governance process.
He therefore called on Metropolitan/Municipal and District Chiefs Executives (MMDAs), Presiding Members and Assembly Members to collaborate and involve citizens to participate in the development of their communities.
Mr. Edem Senanu, gave the advise at a day’s training workshop for selected MMDAs, Presiding members and Assembly members in the Brong Ahafo Region, organised by the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG). He appealed to government to use the country’s Popular Participation Policy Framework to enhance knowledge and the potentials of citizens through their active involvement in the developmental process.
“The policy is to help Ghanaians know what the constitution says about participation and how to work with citizens. You cannot go to the Assembly and speak for people who you do not meet with. You have to regularly engage them and they see you as one who solves their problems. If they see that, they will also be encouraged to pay their taxes and levies because
they are benefiting from what you do”, he advised. On efficient investment opportunities, Mr. Senanu tasked MMDAs to be guided by their Popular Participation Policy Strategy and strictly adhere to all the mandatory actions that citizens can participate in fee fixing resolutions, budget reviews, town hall meetings among others, as stipulated in Article 35, 6 (d) of the constitution.
“If you do not allow citizens to participate and anything goes wrong, a citizen can take you to court and win because we were not represented when the budget was approved and money spent on unproductive projects”, he cautioned.
Mr. Senanu said constant citizen’s engagement will build trust and confidence within the governance system that will lead to increased participation in decision-making for sustainable development. Participants were taken through governance systems, constitutionality of participation, mandatory actions, institutional strategy and action plan matrix. Participants in a Citi News interview commended the organizers and said the training will improve their work and enhance development in the local communities.

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NALAG HOLDS NATIONWIDE WORKSHOP ON NATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR POPULAR PARTICIPATION AND PRACTITIONERS MANUAL

In line with its core mandate to capacitate the local government practitioners (AssemblyMembers), the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) kick started the nationwide sensitization workshop at Tamale on the theme “Effective Strategies for citizens  engagements and participation”.
The role of citizen/ popular participation in the development of decentralisation and local government administration cannot be underestimated in the governance process, it’s the fulcrum around which democracy is given meaning at the local level.
The Constitution
Act 240 of the 1992 constitution, clause (1) states that “Ghana shall have a system of local
government and administration which shall, as far as practicable, be decentralized”. The constitution designated the Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) not only as the highest political, administrative and executive authority in decision making but equally give them the right to formulate plans, strategies and programmes to stimulate economic development of the District through the mobilization of the available natural and human resources.
Undoubtedly, citizen’s participation in governance entails ordinary citizens conducting an assessment of their priorities and needs and based on an understanding of these, making an effort to participate in policy, programme or project planning, implementation and monitoring. Citizen participation is important for improving public resource management and reducing corruption. It makes public servants and political leaders more accountable to the people.
For citizen participation to work, transparency or access to government information is crucial.
In addition, representatives of groups who will be affected by decisions should be included in the relevant decision making processes. It is in this context that the constitution and other various pieces of legislation obligates public sector institutions to not only provide opportunities for meaningful popular participation in their activities, but also ensure that people have the ability to take advantage of the opportunities provided.

NALAG President
In his welcome address read by the research officer, the President of NALAG, Hon. Felix Mensah Anang-LA, who is the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tema Metropolitan Assembly, stated that “it is our firm conviction as National Executive Council (NEC) that equipping our members who are the key stakeholders and the practitioners with the requisite information and the skills to effectively discharge their duties and function that the constitution requires of them is not only critical but essential and effective to enhance local government administration and local government development.He further stated that “I believe that after this training and capacity building session each
would go to their respective assemblies to make an impact in the area of citizen participation which is the fulcrum around which local governance administration revolves.”
The training is aimed at over 800 selected participants from across the 216 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly (MMDAs) in the country.

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