Monday, December 20, 2010

MERRY CHRISTAS...Minister, MMDCEs wish their people (BACK PAGE NSEMPA, DEC 20, 2010)

By Ernestina Kyerewaa Oppong, Kumasi &
Samuel Duodu, Sunyani

Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo ,
Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Sunyani.

CHRISTMAS is here with us again and I wish to take the opportunity, which Christmas offers for all people, especially Christians, to share in the love of Christ and to call on all chiefs, queenmothers, MMDCEs, parliamentarians, the security agencies, heads of departments of ministries, staff of the regional office and residents of the region, to unite and help sustain the relative peace in the region to ensure its rapid development.
The region has potential in agriculture, agro processing and tourism, but this can only be harnessed when there is peace and stability in the region.
I, therefore, urge all in the region to desist from politicising every issue, which has the potential to threaten the peace and stability of the region.
We should be circumspect and exercise a high sense of decency anytime we call into radio programmes and also desist from insulting each other.
The region in 2010, was relatively calm except the Tuobodom chieftaincy dispute, which nearly breached the peace and stability of the region, but was swiftly dealt with. The region also experienced some highway robberies that were also dealt with swiftly by the security agencies.
I pray for an incident free Christmas, so police/military patrol teams have been deplored on the highways in the region, especially the Techiman-Kintampo Highway, Atebubu-Yeji and other places in the region to nip in the bud any armed robbery attempts.
I wish to also assure all that the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and the Regional Security Council would continue to work hard to create a peaceful environment for all to go about their daily activities as well as maintain law and order.
The region, under President Atta Mills’ watch, has witnessed massive infrastructural development in the various sectors of the economy. On roads, the government released a total amount of Gh¢8,885,634.58 for the construction of some culverts and bridges, upgrading and surface dressing of major feeder roads, as part of efforts aimed at enhancing access to the hinterlands to facilitate movement of goods and people in the region.
Some of the roads are Prang-Zambarama-Abease-Kintampo Road, Yeji, Sampa and Goaso town raods.
On Education, the government released an amount of GH¢20,208,900, for the provision of various educational infrastructure in the region under a Special Infrastructure Project. These include the construction of classrooms, dormitories, science and computer laboratories and libraries, among other facilities in the various senior high schools (SHS).
Government is also committed to the establishment of the University of Energy and Natural Resources in the region and plans are far advanced to admit the pioneers for the university by next year.
On Health, government will continue to streamline, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), improve it and achieve better access to health services, increase education and training for all levels of medical personnel, improve rural access to medical care, provide clean and potable water, improve sanitation as well as provide high level support for the health sector.
The Tain District has been selected to benefit from the construction of a District Hospital financed by Euroget De- Invest SA of Egypt and a 70-acre land has been acquired and structural designs are in their final stages for its implementation.
On Agriculture, under the National Food Security Programme, maize stock levels in the region which have been stored in pro-cocoon facilities in Sunyani, Wenchi, Atebubu and Tain collection points stand at 21,227 mini bags.
The Fertilizer Subsidy Programme is on course in the region. In 2009, a total of 319,650 bags of fertiliser were distributed to farmers in the region and as at September 2010, a total of 125,545 bags of various types of fertilisers had been supplied to farmers in the region.
All these interventions have helped in cultivating a total of 11,555 hectares of various crops, which comprise of maize, rice, sorghum, soya bean and tomatoes under the block-farming project.
I wish to assure all that the government will work hard in the coming years to help bring into fruition the better Ghana Agenda and an improvement in the living conditions of the people of this region.
Let’s bury our differences and rally behind the government to improve on the lot of the region. I wish you all a merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
Mr John Alex Ackon,
Obuasi Municipal
Assembly, Obuasi.
OBUASI as a town has been a great blessing to my administration since I assumed office about a year and half ago. I have really enjoyed the co- operation of the residents and the assembly members to the fullest.
One important tool that helped me in the achievement of our goals for 2010 is the unity amongst us all.
This has reflected in the fact that there has been absolute peace in the municipality, which resulted in higher security performance, and the rate of robbery, which had gone up previously, has reduced.
I would like to use this opportunity to wish Nananom, the security services and government agencies and all the people in my municipality a merry Christmas and prosperous near year.
I am assuring them that although there had been a lot of challenges this year, I want them to believe that with the support of my committed staff we will overcome our challenges next year.
Amongst the challenges we encountered was sanitation, which stood tall, and it was because the assembly was paying for everything. There are over 39,000 households in the area and each house would be asked to pay GH¢8 a month.
Households have been divided into three zones with three different contractors handling each zone. With these measures in place and the support of the citizenry sanitation problem is going to be a thing of the past.
Have a merry, merry Christmas!

Kaakyire Oppong
Kyekyeku Afigya
Kwabre District, Kodie.
I AM so grateful to the chiefs, queens, members of parliament, assembly members, security services and government agencies and the entire residents in my district.
But for their support, I would not have been where I am now. My coordinating director and the entire staff have been of great help to me and I consider them as the wheels, which drove me to my destination of success.
My prayer for all this Christmas is that God grant you all your heart’s desires and also give you maximum protection throughout the year 2011.
The Afigya Kwabre District has achieved a lot this year and is hopeful to climb the ladder to the top next year.
Among our achievements this year is our first qualification for the District Development fund, which enabled us to undertake a lot of projects.
The qualification for the fund is based on assessment of good management and we qualified because of our good management skills.
On education, we commissioned eight schools and we also constructed 80 boreholes to make potable water accessible to all.
Next year, we are going to continue all projects initiated this year.
Afigya Kwabre does not have a district education directorate and as from next year we are going to have our own offices.
We can now boast that there is no school under trees in our district because all have been eliminated this year. The shift system is also going to be abolished totally because currently Atimatim and Asiwa.
Only five schools were benefiting from the school feeding project and as from 2011 it would be expanded to cover more schools.
This district has so many developing areas known as new sites and electricity would be extended to all those areas. I hope to have the continued support of all to better the lot of us all in the district.
I wish you all God’s blessings, merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year
Mr Ohyeaman Appau,
Mampong Municipal
Assembly, Mampong.
I wish all a merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year, to Nananom, MPs, staff of government agencies, the security services and to all residents of Mampong most especially, my assembly members who have rendered support to me in diverse ways.
My fervent prayer is that the coming year brings everyone good tidings.
I really appreciate what the assembly members did for me because if they had not supported me, the assembly would not have been able to execute our plans.
The 2011 has already been declared as the action year by the President of Ghana, His Excellency, Professor J.E.A. Mills and Mampong will not be left out in the action.
We are going to construct a lot of roads, build school blocks and also make sure education moves up the ladder.
One major challenge faced by the Mampong Municipal Assembly was the nature of our roads and we hope to repair them next year.
I have already spoken to the Department of Feeder Roads and they are prepared to bring down their tools and start work early next year.
We have done our best this year; it is not enough and we hope to continue what we started next year. Afehyia pa oo.
Mr Kwame Adarkwa,
Bosome Freho
District, Awisa.
IT IS yet another Christmas and the year is coming to an end. We thank God we are all alive because not all were able to live and witness the end of this season.
Glory be to the name of the Almighty God for giving us long life to witness this.
I would like to use this opportunity to wish all in this district, Nananom, MPs, security services, heads of departments, assembly members and the people of this district a merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
This year has been very fruitful, because we have had a lot of projects including new school buildings, health centres and new market stalls.
Next year, a lot of things are going to happen in the district, which includes motivation for teachers. They will be given a special package in the district. Furniture will also be provided for schools.
To my dear cocoa farmers, I want to assure them that, next year their farms will be sprayed at least three times before the year ends.
The assembly will also, among other things, build an Information Technology Centre at Asiwa and renovate the health centres there.
We have done our best this year and we will continue to do more in the coming year to improve the living standards of people in the district.
Afehyia pa oo!

Madam Martha Bruckner
Ejura-Sekyeredumase District

I wish to express my profound gratitude and appreciation to the chiefs of Ejura and Sekyeredumase in particular, all traditional and religious leaders, officers and staff of Ejura Sekyeredumase district assembly, the security agencies, departmental heads and staff and all related government agencies for your moral, spiritual and material support given to my administration.
Nananom, my brothers and sisters, your support and co-operation did not only improve our lot but most significantly, brought our district to the limelight to the admiration of many.
It is, therefore, my fervent prayer and hope that you will continue to offer more support and co-operation to the assembly so that together we will move Ejura Sekyeredumase forward in the right direction.
We have done a lot in the year and promise to continue with more projects in the coming year, which the President has declared as the year of action.
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
May God bless you all.

Mr Adam Iddssah,
Kwabre East,
Afehyia pa! To all Ghanaians, most especially to the residents of the Kwabre East District, Nananom, traditional and spiritual leaders, security agencies, heads of departments of governments agencies.
I believe and hope that we will all live to see the coming year. I do not have much to say, except that Kwabre East has seen a lot of developments this year and I am urging all to keep their fingers crossed because more projects are in the pipeline.
Among the many projects that will be tackled in the coming year are a new market at Mamponteng the building of more schools and bore holes.
Next year will be full of action as the President promised and I wish to appeal to all and sundry to believe in God and also have hope in the government that Kwabre East will really move forward in the right direction.
I will count on your support, which was invaluable this year, to make new strides in the coming year. I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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