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PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ON E-LEVY

The Municipal Information Services Department of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal (KKMA) Assembly in collaboration with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has embarked on the newly introduced electronic levy.

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NCCE ORGARNIZES SMART GOVERNANCE QUIZ COMPETITION

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in collaboration with Ghana Education Service and Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly on 15th July, 2022 organized a smart Governance quiz competition at Mt. Sinai Methodist church, Kpone. This competition was among eight (8) schools, which are: Mt. Luthur King School, Michel Camp JHS, Oxford Kingdom International School, Oyibi KKMA, Accra Grammar, Hanna JHS, Prince KKMA NO.2 and Precious school.

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TRAINING PROGRAM ON BASIC LIFE SUPPORT

The Human Resource Department of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the National Ambulance Service Unit on 24th June, 2022 organised a training program on basic life support (BLS) for heads of departments and their assistants.

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ELECTION AND SWEARING IN OF PRESIDING MEMBER.

The election of Presiding member (PM) for the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal took off on the 7th June, 2022 at the Municipal Assembly Hall.

Four people were sworn in as government appointees before the election of the PM took place. The four people were Madam Margaret Yeboah Mensah, Mr. Samuel T. Akpeng, Alhaji Ibrahim Kofi Baidoo and William Nuertey Josiah.

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KKMA HOLDS STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIVE MEETING

Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly held its stakeholders consultative meeting on 27th April, 2022 at the Municipal Assembly Hall. One of the mandate of the Assembly was to engage relevant public organization whose operation fall within their jurisdiction to disseminate their activities to the citizenry.

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CLEAN-UP EXERCISE ORGANIZED BY NASPA KKMA

The National Service Personnel Association in collaboration with the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly embarked on a beach clean-up exercise in Kpone on 26th March, 2022. The clean-up exercise was to improve the sanitary condition at the Kpone beach and its immediate environment with the agenda “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”.

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THE 65TH GHANA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT THE KPONE KATAMANSO MUNICIPALITY

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly on 6th March, 2022 celebrated the 65th Independence Day anniversary with a parade at the Kpone Methodist school park. The Independence Day was celebrated on the theme “Working together, bouncing back better”.

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TOWN HALL MEETINGS

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly has organized town hall meetings in all the four (4) zonal councils within the Municipality. The town hall meeting was organized in accordance with section 40 of the Local Governance Act, 2016, Act 936 which establishes that, “A District Assembly shall enable the residents and stakeholders to participate in the activities of the District Assembly and the sub-District structures of the Assembly”.

The Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Michael Owusu-Amoako in his remarks explained that the purpose of the organizing the town hall meeting was to bring local Governance to the doorsteps of residents and also give them the opportunity to contribute to the development of the Municipality.

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 LAUNCHING OF MASS DOG ANTI RABIES VACCINATION

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) in collaboration with Mission rabies on 11th February, 2022 launched the mission rabies mass dog anti rabies vaccination. The launching was on the theme “Let us collaborate to end rabies”. The launching was also to sensitize residents on the need to participate in the free vaccination exercise.

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TRAINING REPORT ON VALUE ADDITION (ORANGE FLESHED SWEET POTATO   DRINK AND OTHER MEALS PREPARATION) FOR TWO WOMEN GROUPS

The Agric department of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly embarked on a training workshop on Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato drink and other meals preparation for fishermongers on 8th February, 2022 at Kpone, Alata.

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REPORT ON THE TRAINING OF WOMEN GROUPS ON GENDER MAINSTREAMING AND DECISION MAKING BY SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

The Gender mainstreaming requires that efforts be made to broaden women’s equitable participation at all levels of decision-making. It is with this notion that, the Community Development Unit of the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development organized and trained women in the Municipality to enhance their capabilities in decision making

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MCE LEADS ‘OPERATION CLEAN YOUR FRONTAGE’ SENSITIZATION IN KPONE- KATAMANSO

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) joined other MMDAs to embark on a float to sensitise residents on ‘operation clean your frontage’ on 1st February, 2022. The program was carried out throughout the 4 zonal councils within the municipality.

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MY FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL, 2022

The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Samuel Okoe Amanquah, the Municipal Education Directorate and some key staff of the Municipal Assembly joined pupils from selected Basic Schools in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality to mark the 2022 “My First Day at School” on Tuesday 18th January 2022.

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2021/2022 NASPA ORIENTATION AND ELECTION OF EXECUTIVES FOR KPONE KATAMANSO MUNICIPAL

The 2021/ 2022 National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) on 20th January 2022 held their NASPA Executives election at Mount Sinai Methodist church in Kpone-Katamanso. The programme was sub-divided into 3 sections which entailed orientation, election and swearing in of executives.

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LAUNCHING OF OPERATION CLEAN YOUR FRONTAGE INITIATIVE IN KKMA

The ‘operation clean your frontage’ initiative was launched in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality on 11th January 2022 at Zenu.

The Municipal Chief Executive; Hon Samuel Okoe Amanquah in his keynote explained to the audience at the launching program that, the operation clean your frontage is an initiative led by the government in line with ensuring that our environment and surroundings are kept clean at all times. Hon Amanquah further explained that, the Assembly has power to prosecute residents who fail to comply with the bye-laws of the Assembly on ensuring that residential, commercial and private buildings are kept clean at all times. He added that, everybody has a part to play to make the initiative work.

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THE 37TH EDITION OF FARMERS’ DAY CELEBRATION AT KPONE- KATAMANSO

The 37th National farmer’s day celebration at Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly was held at the town park in Gbetsile on Friday 3rd December, 2021. This year’s celebration was on the theme “Planting for food and Jobs-consolidating food systems in Ghana.”

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A 3-DAY RESIDENTIAL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR HONOURABLE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS

The Human Resource Department of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly in conjunction with the Presiding Member; Honorable Joseph Kwesi Gbeze, organized a 3-days residential training programs for all the Honorable Assembly Members from the eighteen (18) electoral areas which constituted the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal at Atimpoku in the Eastern Region.

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                      KPONE HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATION

The Culture Department of the Kpone -Katamanso Municipal Assembly is proud to host the second edition of the Kpone Heritage day celebration. The 2nd edition of the Kpone heritage day celebration was held on 13th September, 2021 as part of the Homowo celebrations for four women groups in the Municipality; with the theme:” healthy living promotes long life”.

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SKILLS TRAINING ORGANISED FOR WOMEN AT KPONE-KATAMANSO                            MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY

The Non-Formal Education Division of Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) in collaboration with Hope for the Season Foundation a Non-governmental organisation, organised a one-day training workshop on the production of beauty products for women in the Kpone- Katamanso Municipality on Wednesday, 10th November, 2021.

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NYA ORGANIZES SECOND SITTING OF THE YOUTH PARLIAMENT

The National Youth Authority (NYA) of the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal office organized their first session of the second youth parliament sitting on 10th November 2021. The topic of the debate for discussion was ‘Digital resilience, the role of the youth’

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Familiarisation Visit By The Municipal Chief Executive

The Municipal Chief Executive of Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly; Hon Samuel Okoe Amanquah from 3rd– 10th November 2021 embarked on a familiarisation visit across the municipality.

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SPECIAL ASSEMBLY MEETING

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly on Thursday 28th October, 2021 held a special Assembly meeting to discuss and approve the 2021 mid-year budget review, as well as, the 2022 Annual Action Plan and Programme Based Budget.

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KKMA PRESENTS DESK TO THE EDUCATION DIRECTORATE

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) on 5th November, 2021 presented 500 dual desks at the cost of GH ₵145,000.00 to the Kpone-Katamanso educational directorate for the distribution to various school within the municipality.

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NCCE/NATIONAL SECURITY PROJECT ON NATIIONAL COHESION AND INCLUSIVE PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE

The NCCE in collaboration with the National Security organized an Inter-Party Dialogue Committee meeting on National Cohesion and Inclusive Participation at Mount Sinai Methodist Church at Kpone in the Greater Accra Region on 20th October, 2021. In attendance were the NCCE Greater Accra Regional Director, NCCE Kpone Katamanso District Director, the District Crime Officer, NIB, representatives from the various political parties, faith-based organizations, the media and some youth groups.

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CELEBRATION OF WORLD RABIES DAY

Ghana joined the rest of the world to mark World rabies day on 28th September, 2021 in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly. There were calls on authorities to raise awareness about rabies and bring together partners to enhance prevention and control efforts. The day was marked with free dog vaccination within the municipality. The celebration was on the theme, “Rabies, Facts not Fear”

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     LAUNCHING OF 75 YEARS ANNIVERSRY

Appolonia Methodist Primary School on 27th October, 2021 launched her 75years anniversary. The theme for the celebration was ‘AMPS REFLCTION ON CHERISHED GAIN@ 75 AND LAUNCHING INTO THE FUTURE THROUGH TEACHING EVRYONE TO LIVE LIKE JESUS CHRIST”.

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‘LET’S FENCE OUR SCHOOL PROJECT’ BY THE MUNICIPAL EDUCATION DIRECTORATE

The Kpone-Katamansu Municipal Director of Education, Mr Harry Evans Arthur in collaboration with the traditional authorities of Katamansu on 26th October, 2021 organized a fundraising and sod cutting ceremony in aid of a project dabbed ‘Lets Fence our Schools Project’. The essence of the program was to raise funds to fence cluster of schools in Katamansu as well as secure the proper documentation for all schools lands across the municipality.

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GREATER ACCRA REGIONAL CO-ORDINATING COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING ON THE 2022 COMPOSITE BUDGET HELD AT KPONE-KATAMANSO MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY FOR ZONE 10 MMDAs.

The 2022-2025 composite budget preparation process has began in earnest and in line with regulation 17(3) of the public Financial Management regulations, 2019, LI 2378 as well as paragraph 119 of the 2022-2025 Budget Preparation guidelines mandates the organising of regional budget hearing for all MMDAs.

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TWO-DAY MONITORING AND EXERCISE BY THE PLANNING UNIT

The Municipal Planning Coordinating Unit (MPCU) of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly between the 23rd and 24th September, 2021 organized a monitoring and evaluation exercise to ascertain the status of implementation of the Assembly’s physical and non-physical projects. The exercise was in fulfillment of section 84 and 85, sub–section 1 of the Local Government Act 2016 (Act 936).  

The monitoring team inspecting a dormitory block at Kpone SHS.

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KPONE-KATAMANSO NEW MCE SWORN INTO OFFICE (15/10/2021)

Mr Samuel Okoe Amanquah popularly known as ‘Okoson’ has been sworn into office as the third Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA).

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr Amanquah said roads and security would be among his key priorities for the municipality.

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Covid Project

A year-long sensitization programme on COVID-19 mental health project in Kpone, initiated by the Human Right Advocacy Center (HRAC), a Not-for-Profit Organization, in collaboration with the Kpone-Katamanso and the Ashaiman Municipal Health Directorates has ended.

The project was to improve the mental wellbeing of persons with COVID-19 related mental health experience in two most at-risk communities in the Greater Accra Region.

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WOMEC HOLDS 2021 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

Oct. 12, – The Women, Media and Change (WOMEC), a Non-Governmental Organization, has joined the global community to mark the 2021 International Day of the Girl-Child at Sebrepor, a community in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

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MCE FOR KPONE-KATAMANSO MUNICIPAL GETS 100% ENDORSEMENT

Assembly members for the Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) the on 30th September, 2021 endorsed the President’s nominee; Hon. Samuel Okoe Amanquah for area. He polled 27 votes out of the 27 ballots cast representing 100%. The election was supervised by the Municipal Electoral Commissioner; Mrs Emefa Agbezulor.

A government appointee casting his vote

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KPONE-KATAMANSO MARKS WORLD RABIES DAY (28/09/2021)

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly has commemorated the 2021 World Rabies Day with free vaccination of dogs.

Dr Danso Fenteng, National Head of Epidemiology, said rabies was a global problem with annual estimated human death of 55,000 with 56 percent of the death recorded in Africa.

He said half of the world’s population was living in canine rabies-endemic areas and were at risk of contracting rabies, a situation he described as worrying.

The Kpone-Katamanso commemoration of Rabies Day was also characterized by a drama performance by students from Rising Star School and Culture Centre, which conveyed information about the dangers of rabies, prevention of dog and cat bites and how to take care of pets through routine vaccination.

Dr Danso said Ghana had recorded 27 outbreaks of rabies this year out of which Kpone-Katamanso had ten cases, saying that there was an upsurge of rabies in dogs and humans after the free anti-rabies immunization campaign funded by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), which was implemented by the Veterinary Service Department in 1998.

Dr Esther Priscilla Biamah-Danquah, Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Health Director, said the Municipality had over the years recorded increasing cases of dog bites since 2016.

In 2018, 271 cases of dog bites were recorded, rising in 2019 to 289 cases and 243 cases in 2020.

The Municipality had recorded 135 cases between January and August this year.

She said since September 2020, six rabies cases among dogs were confirmed with 36 contacts among humans traced and one death recorded.

Dr Richard Suu-ire, President of Rabies in West Africa, Ghana (RIWA-GH) said World Rabies Day was celebrated annually on September 28 to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating the diseases.

He said the date was chosen to mark the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, the French Chemist and microbiologist, the first person to successfully create a vaccine against rabies.

He added that this year’s theme: “Rabies: Facts, not Fear” focused on the facts about rabies and dismissing myths and misconceptions around the disease, saying that facts were the only way to beat fake news about rabies.

He, therefore, charged the public to share accurate facts and ensure that decisions about rabies control in the country were based on the correct and most up-to-date information.

Dr Suu-ire said RIWA, GH is a Non-Governmental voluntary organization raising awareness about the control of rabies in Ghana with the “One Health” approach.


CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN AT ONSBAC ZONAL COUNCIL

Residents within the ONSBAC Zonal council in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal and other stakeholders turned up massively to participate in a clean-up exercise organised by the ONSBAC Zonal council Environmental health staff in collaboration with the traditional council. The program was held on the 4th September, 2021 and as early as 5:30 am a cross section of the public had gathered at Saduase community and its environs to commence the exercise.

Youth of Saduase scooping rubbish from gutters at the clean up program.

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PRESIDING MEMBER CAUTION DRIVERS OF OFFICIAL VEHICLES (2021-09-04)

Mr  Presiding Member for the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly has advised drivers of public and statutory institutions to desist from violating road safety regulations.

Hon. Joseph Kwesi Gbeze

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KPONE-KATAMANSO MCE CALLS FOR UNITY DURING ANNUAL HOMOWO FESTIVAL (2021-09-01)

Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah, Municipal Chief Executive for Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly has called for unity amongst all the 10 Clans in Kpone before, during and after the 2021 Homowo festivities.

Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah, Municipal Chief Executive for Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly

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KPONE-KATAMANSO MUNICIPALITY DECLARED HOSTILE ZONE FOR CRIMINALS (31/08/2021)

The Kpone District Police Commander, Superintendent Seth Tay, on Monday declared Kpone-Katamanso as a no-go area for criminals and other unscrupulous people.

Superintendent Seth Tay

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NATIONAL YOUTH AUTHORITY ORGANISES MAIDEN ZONAL QUIZ COMPETITION

The National Youth Authority (NYA) is a government department that has the mandate to coordinate the activities of the Ghanaian youth. 

The National Youth Authority of the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal on the 26th August, 2021 coordinated a zonal quiz competition program among four schools at the Mount Sinai Methodist church. Each school was represented by two students.   The Noble Kids Academy School was represented by Alhassan Nasara and Gifty S. Baah, Goodman Oko Abossey and Prince Nyanor represented Appolonia JHS. Haanaa Basic School was represented by Abednego Mensah and Ezekial Abaka whilst Francisca Anyakor and Leslie Nii Quartey Quartei represented Bawaleshi Basic School.

A cross section of pupils seated at the program

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CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP ON PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT AND MANAGING TERMINAL DISEASES

The Human Resource Department of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly coordinated a two-day training programs on Planning for Retirement and Managing Terminal Diseases held on 21st and 22nd July 2021 respectively for all Heads of Department and Units using Excel-Link Consult.

The Head of the Human Resource Department, Ms. Shalom Afari, in her welcome address emphasized the reason of the workshop was to raise awareness and educate staff to adequately plan for their retirement which is inevitable so as to prevent been a burden to their children and the extended family at large.

Ms. Shalom Afari addressing the participants at the program

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KPONE TRADITIONAL COUNCIL RECEIVES PACKAGE AHEAD OF HOMOWO FESTIVAL (27/08/2021)

The Greater Accra Regional Minister has donated some items ahead of the 2021 Homowo festival to the Chiefs and people of Kpone in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

The items received by Kpone Traditional Council included, bags of maize, assorted drinks, gallons of palm oil, bags of palm nuts, nose masks, hand sanitizer, Jessys footballs and undisclosed amount of money to be shared amongst all the ten family clans in Kpone for the 2021 Homowo festival.

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KPONE-KATAMANSO ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AND POLICE DIALOGUE (23/08/2021)

Assembly Members of the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) together with personnel from the Ghana Police Service in the Municipality have held a meeting to enforce road traffic regulations within the municipality. Click to read more


2022 DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET HEARING SESSION

The 2022 Departmental B udget hearing session was held on the 19th and 20th August 2021 at Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA).

The program was in line with section 122(a) (b) of the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936) that stipulates that the aggregate revenue and expenditure of the office of the District Assembly, the Departments of the District Assembly and the budget for annual development plan and programs of the departments of the District Assembly Click to read more.


2021 POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS FROM THE KPONE-KATAMANSO MUNICIPALITY.

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal has recruited about 518 enumerators and 81 supervisors towards the 2021 Population & Housing census (PHC). The field enumerators and supervisors were trained from the 1st June, 2021 to 11TH June, 2021 at the Kpone Community Day Senior High school. The trainees were taken the 2021 population & housing census manual and questionaires and the Computer Assisted Personal Interviewer (CAPI). The trainees were also taught how to interview respondents click to read more


LAUNCH OF THE 30 DAYS COUNTDOWN TO THE 2021 POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS NIGHT

On the 27th May, 2021, a program was held to mark the 30 days countdown to the 2021 Population and Housing Census at Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly click to read more


REPORT ON THE GREEN GHANA PROJECT FROM THE KPONE KATAMANSO MUNICIPALITY

The Green Ghana project was marked all over Ghana on the Friday, 11th June, 2021. The initiative is part of government’s efforts to reclaim Ghana’s lost forest cover and make it sustainable for the next generation.

The Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly marked the national exercise by planting various species of trees across the 18 electoral areas within the Municipality. Some of the species of trees planted included Siamese Cassia, Bauhinia, Mahogany, Albizia Lebbeck, Polyalthia, Terminalia Montalis, White willow, Nim trees, among others click to read more


CAPACITY BUILDING ON BASIC FIRE AWARENESS

The Human Resource Unit of the Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) on 3rd June, 2021 organized a one day training program on basic fire awareness for heads of department and units and their assistants.  The essence of the training program was to sensitize participants on fire safety and how to handle fires when they break out.

Madam Shalom Afari, Head of the HR Unit in an opening remarks said that fire is a good servant as well a bad master depending on how it is utilized. She noted that there’s a lot of fire disasters in recent times and it has become necessary that knowledge is acquired on basic fire and how to prevent it. In view of this, the Assembly has decided to have this important workshop for staff to create the awareness click to read more


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT BY THE MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE AT GBETSILE

The Municipal Chief Executive of the Kpone Katamanso Municipality, Hon. Solomon T. Appiah accompanied by some key staff and Assembly members on 2nd June, 2021 visited the Gbetsile electoral area to interact face to face with residents and address concerns bothering on their development.  The engagement program was part of deepening the decentralization process by enhancing grassroots participation and involvement in the decision-making process.

The Assembly member for the Gbetsile electoral area, Hon Abdul-Rahim Yahaya in his opening remarks commended the MCE and other top officials of the Assembly for taking time off their busy schedule to participate in the community engagement program. He also encouraged the inhabitants of Gbetsile to freely communicate all their challenges to the MCE and his team for an amicable solution click to read more.


KKMA PRESENTS 400 DUAL DESKS TO EDUCATION DIRECTORATE

The Municipal Assembly of Kpone-Katamanso presented 400 dual desks to the Education Directorate on Wednesday, 19th May, 2021 to be distributed to various lower primary schools within the municipality.

Figure 1The MCE Hon. Appiah presenting the furniture to the Municipal Director of Education

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Solomon Tettey Appiah in handing over the furniture to the Education Directorate appealed to Directors, head teachers and school children to protect the furniture to them last longer. This, according to the MCE, would enable the Assembly to do other things for the education sector. The MCE also added that although the furniture is insufficient the Assembly is willing to provide more to meet the support needed by the directorate.

Figure 2The 400 dual desks given to lower primary schools within the municipality

The Municipal Director of Education, Mr. Harry Evans Arthur received the furniture on behalf of the directorate. He thanked the MCE and the Assembly for the kind gesture and continuous support. He gave an assurance that the furniture would be well protected to ensure that they last.

Also present at the handing over ceremony were the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Michael Owusu Amoako, officers of the Education Directorate, staff members of KKMA and the media.


COMMUNITY VISIT BY THE MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE AT ANKASA ELECTORAL AREA

As part of deepening the decentralization process by enhancing grassroot participation and involvement in the decision-making process, the Municipal Chief Executive of Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly; Honorable Solomon T. Appiah together with some key staff and Assembly members on 25th March, 2021 embarked on a community visit to New York in the Ankasa electoral area. The purpose of the visit was to interact face to face with residents and address concerns bothering on their development.

The Assembly member for the area, Hon Carl Sedziafa in his opening remarks, thanked inhabitants of the Ankasa electoral area for attending the meeting in their numbers. He encouraged them to be law abiding citizens and always assist in their own small way to develop the area.

Figure 1 Hon. Carl Segbefia welcoming inhabitants of Ankasa electoral area to the meeting

The Presiding member; Honorable Joseph Gbeze for his part used the opportunity to educate residents on the core functions of the Public Relations and Complaints Committee (PRCC). He entreated all present to write to the PRCC about issues bothering them in their communities for a peaceful solutions instead of quarrelling among themselves.

Figure 2  Presiding Member; Hon. Joseph Gbeze addressing residents of Ankasa electoral area

The Municipal Chief Executive; Honorable Appiah talked about sanitation, street lighting, boundary dispute, security, flooding, poor road networks, among others.

Sanitation, he observed, was a major issue that needed urgent attention in the entire Municipality, particularly indiscriminate disposal of refuse.

Honorable Appiah advised inhabitants to allow Zoom lion and other waste service providers to collect their waste instead of dumping it at unauthorized places. He said the health of residents will be in danger if sanitation problems are not tackled properly.

Figure 3Hon Solomon T. Appiah making his presentation

Commenting on the security issues of the area, Honorable Appiah disclosed that the Assembly has purchased some street lights and will soon commence a street lighting project in all electoral areas across the municipality.

On roads, the Municipal Chief Executive revealed that negotiations are underway to construct a 20km from Atadeka to Zenu. Hon. Appiah noted that most people have built on drains and waterways in the Ankansa electoral area. According to the MCE, the drainage system is so bad that it causes flooding each time it rains. The essence of such engagement is to involve residents to take good decisions that will prevent people from building on drains to prevent flooding and keep our environment clean.

Hon. Appiah again disclosed at the meeting that a modern market and lorry station will soon be constructed in the electoral area. He advised all and sundry to desist from building their houses on unauthorized places since such buildings will soon be demolished and the affected persons will not be compensated.

Issues bothering on the boundary disputes between KKMA and other Assemblies were also discussed extensively.

Residents asked questions about some of the issues touched on by the MCE and also gave suggestions on how the numerous problems in the electoral area can be tackled.

Dignitaries who attended the community engagement program included chiefs, opinion leaders, Landlords Association executives, Zonal Council executives, religious leaders and party-faithful.


LAUNCHING GTP TURNING POINT PROJECT FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS IN KPONE

Figure 1 The Municipal Director for Health and Director for WOMEC posing for picture with a section of the audience

A Ghanaian feminist organisation known as Women for Media and Change (WOMEC) launched the GTP Turning Point Project for Adolescent Girls on Thursday, 4th March, 2021 at the Kpone Methodist Church.

The project is intended to provide various interventions to help protect adolescent girls from gender-based violence and enhance the general development of the girl child. This is not the first WOMEC has organised a programme to promote the welfare of the girl child in Kpone. Similar activity was done on gender-based violence last year November by the organisation.

The Turning Point Project comes after an in-depth survey conducted to assess perceptions about roles of the girl child in the community and gender-based violence in the municipality. According to the organisation, some participants of the survey had the opinion that females may actually be better than males in some activities such as managing the economy hence, there is the need to empower them. The feminist group added that the findings of this survey influenced the initiation of the Turning Point Project.

Figure 2 The Municipal Director for Health and Executive Director for WOMEC at the launch

The Municipal Director for Health, Dr. Esther Danquah led the launch of the project. Dr. Danquah in her speech admonished all key stakeholders in the municipality to assist WOMEC by giving them the necessary information they would require to make the implementation of their project successful.

Present at the event were staff of the Information Services Department, Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly, teachers and residents of the municipality.


Commissioning of Department of Factories Inspectorate

The Department of Factories Inspectorate was commissioned in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality on Tuesday, 20th April 2021 at the premises of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA). The theme for the event was “A resilient occupational safety & health systems in times of crisis”. The department was created to ensure that workers within the municipality work in a safe and healthy environments free from hazards.

Figure 1Mr. Kingsley John Armah addressing the gathering

The commissioning began with an opening address by the Chief Inspector of the Department of Factories Inspectorate Mr. Kingsley John Armah. In his remarks the Chief Inspector stated that the department which operates under the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations has the mandate, under Act 328/70, to inspect and ensure that every worker works in a safe and healthy environment. He added that since industries are spreading in recent times there is the need for the Department of Factories Inspectorate to expand. Mr. John Armah also said that the Factories Inspectorate would not only inspect factories but ensure that health and safety precautions are also complied in offices and even in households since people now working from home, to prevent accidents and diseases at workplaces. He mentioned some hazardous conditions workers go through which include poor sitting posture, injuries and exposure to poisonous substances. According to him, the Factories Inspectorate has the power to prosecute offenders and assured the public that the department would work within its means to ensure the reduction of accidents and diseases at workplaces within the municipality. He further thanked the Municipal Chief Executive and the Municipal Coordinating Director for ensuring the establishment of the department in Kpone.

Figure 2Mr. Ernest Berko making his presentation

Following the opening address, the Deputy Director of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Mr. Ernest Berko gave his remarks. The Deputy Director in his presentation defined workers as people willing to contribute to national development through productive activities and for this reason workers deserve a conducive, non-hazardous environment. He added that Ghana, as a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO), is to ensure job creation, protection of the rights of workers, social protection and social dialogue. He stated the work of the Factories Inspectorate falls under social protection, therefore, the department is to ensure and promote decent work. Mr. Berko added that the department would check safety under prescribed standards. He also gave a history of certain laws that ensured workplace safety in the past such as the Factories Ordinance (1948), the Factories Act (1972), the Factories, Offices and Shops Act (1970) and finally the Department of Factories Inspectorate which was established in 1983. Mr. Berko mentioned that the Directorate would be manned by 3 inspectors. He tasked them to ensure safety at work to promote economic growth.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Solomon Appiah who led the commissioning of the department also tasked the Factories Inspectorate to ensure that people are employed on documentation and ensure that they comply to the collective agreement made with the Assembly. Hon. Appiah also assured the department that he would lead them to anywhere they face challenges and no culprit would be favoured. He further tasked the department to ensure the installation of cameras and fire extinguishers at workplaces, churches and households. After his speech, the MCE officially commissioned the department.

Figure 3Hon. Solomon Appiah speaking to the audience

Also present at the event were the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD) Mr. Michael Owusu Amoako, the Presiding Member Hon. Joseph Gbeze, Heads of Departments at KKMA, members of the media and staff members of the Assembly.


HUMAN RIGHT ADVOCACY CENTER (HRAC) AND KPONE-KATAMANSO MUNICIPAL HEALTH DIRECTORATE ORGANIZED TOWN HALL MEETING ON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19

The Human Right Advocacy Center (HRAC) in collaboration with the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Health Directorate has embarked on a crusade against COVID-19 stigmatization.

The crusade tagged as access to mental health services – key to improving mental well being of persons affected with COVID-19, was to educate the public on the need to support people suffering from the virus.

Dr Esther Priscilla Biamah-Danquah, Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Health Director, stated that stigmatizing against people affected with COVID-19 was unacceptable.

She said this at community durbar attended by targeted groups including, religious leaders, departmental heads, market women, opinion leaders amongst others, converged at the Kpone Mount Senai Methodist church for the event.

She lamented that affected persons go through both psychological and emotional challenges, which presupposes that they needed to be helped and not stigmatized.

She said well-meaning citizens must marshal all resources to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic and its related mental health issues.

Dr Biamah-Danquah explained that funds were another challenge that the health directorate was faced with, she therefore called on benevolent organization to help in that regard.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Patrick Ziwu, Acting Executive Director, Human Right Advocacy Center, said about 6,099 officers have been trained to deal with stigmatization cases within the Greater Accra Region.

He explained that the stigmatization cases were very alarming, a situation he said needed some urgent attention by the various stakeholders.

Mr. Ziwu further added that in some situations the HRAC was compelled to engaged Community Youth Champions and Community Support Groups to help combat the stigma within the various communities.

   

KKMA DONATES FURNITURE TO SCHOOLS IN KPONE-KATAMANSO

The Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD) of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly, Mr. Michael Owusu Amoako handed over school furniture to the Education Directorate of the municipality on Thursday, 14th January 2021.

The furniture which consists of 400 dual and mono desks as well as 150 chairs and 25 tables for pupils in kindergarten, was officially presented to authorities of the Education Directorate.

Mr. Owusu Amoako emphasized that the Assembly procures items for the education sector annually and these items are not only given to schools but to offices of the education service in the municipality as well. He recalled that last year, the Municipal Assembly gave swivel chairs and other office furniture to the Education Directorate.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Directorate, the Municipal Director of Education, Mr. Harry Evans Arthur thanked the MCD and the Municipal Assembly for their continuous support for the education sector. He gave an assurance that the furniture would serve the intended purpose they were made for.

The MCD in an interview with the media

Also present at the handing over ceremony were staff of the procurement department of the Assembly, staff of the Information Service Department and the media.

SEND OFF CEREMONY FOR RETIREES

A send-off ceremony was organized by the Management of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) for five (5) retirees on the 2nd December, 2020 at the Assembly Hall.

Mrs. Vivian Alhassan one of the retirees

The retirees are Mrs Georgina Asare; Director of social welfare and Community Development, Mrs Vivian Alhassan; Finance Unit and Mr Oliver Agbenyo, Director of NCCE, The rest are Mr. Samuel Denkor and Mr. Enoch Ocquaye who are both drivers of the Assembly.

The Municipal Coordinate Director of KKMA, Mr. Michael Owusu- Amaoko in his farewell speech thanked all the retirees for working assiduously during their career life for the Assembly. He again commended them for their dedication, perseverance, extraordinary qualities, courage and sense of responsible. Mr. Owusu- Amoako as well advised the retirees to take good care of themselves in order to prolong their lifespan.

There were also goodwill messages from colleague heads of Department and Unit to all the retirees.

Mrs. Georgina Asare on behalf of the retirees expressed their gratitude to the management of KKMA for the send-off ceremony. She as well thanked all and sundry for their great affection and awesome support given them during their working period. She appealed to Heads of Department (HODS) to be humble during their career life and learn from everyone including their subordinates.This according to Madam Georgina will make their work easier and enjoyable.

Madam Shalom Afari, head of HR Unit of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA)  also thanked the retirees for working hard to give KKMA a positive image.

There were presentation of gifts by the MCD to all the retirees.


GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING AT KKMA

The second ordinary meeting of the first session of the third Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly was held on 24th November, 2020 at the Assembly Hall.

The Presiding Member and the Municipal Coordinating Director at the high table

The Hon Presiding Member, Hon Joseph Gbeze in his welcome remarks expressed his gratitude to both Assembly members and Heads of Department/Unit for making it to the meeting. He entreated all and Sundry to contribute to make the meeting a successful one.

Some Heads of Department present at the General Assembly meeting

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon Solomon T. Appiah presented reports from the executive committee to the house. The executive committee report comprises of all reports from the various sub-committees.

The MCE’s report touched on finance and Administrate issues, security in the Municipal Education, Health, among others. Members extensively discussed all the issues raised in the report and proposed the way forward.

A cross-section of some Assembly Members at the meeting

The house also discussed security issues during the election period and Christmas season. The unanimously agreed that street light should be provided in all the various electoral areas to reduce criminal activities within the Municipality.


WOMEC organises forum on Gender-Based Violence at Kpone

Members of the high table and the MC for the event

Women, Media and Change (WOMEC), a feminine organization in Ghana organised a forum on gender-based violence at the Kpone Methodist Church on 25th November, 2020. The forum was part of the organisation’s program dubbed “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence”. The theme for the forum was “Keeping Adolescent Girls Safe in the midst of COVID-19”.

Girls from Kpone Methodist Basic School ‘A’ at the event

Present at the event were schoolgirls from Kpone Methodist Basic School ‘A’ and their headmistress. Also present were staff members of the Kpone Health Directorate, representatives from the Department for Social Welfare and Community Development, the Municipal Education Directorate and the Municipal Assembly.

In an opening address, the Executive Director of WOMEC Dr. Charity Binka explained that everyone has a responsibility for ensuring the safety of adolescent girls and violence against girls in any form should not be tolerated. She also urged all girls to speak out when they go through any form of gender-based violence. She further advised them to be the mouthpiece of victims of gender-based violence who cannot speak for themselves.

Executive Director of WOMEC, Dr. Charity Binka addressing the adolescent girls

The Director of the Municipal Health Directorate, Dr. Esther Danquah in a presentation talked about some causes, effects and challenges in dealing with gender-based violence. She revealed that 27% of Ghanaian women experienced gender-based violence in 2016. She mentioned some forms of gender-based violence adolescents go through as child or early marriage, female genital mutilation, sexual abuse and child trafficking. She added that females in their adulthood also go through other forms of gender-based violence such as marital rape, poor access to healthcare and manipulation by men due to dependency.

Director of the Municipal Health Directorate, Dr. Esther Danquah making a presentation

Dr. Danquah also explained how the novel coronavirus pandemic has put girls at risk of gender-based violence and unwanted pregnancies. She said that the pandemic which has led to many school children staying at home has led to an increase in teenage pregnancy in Ghana. Supporting her statement with research findings from the Ghana Health Service, she revealed that there 3,733 cases of unwanted pregnancy in 2017 whilst 5,372 cases were recorded in 2019. According to her, and the findings she presented 2,729 cases of unwanted pregnancy have been recorded from January to June, 2020. Dr. Danquah mentioned some effects of gender-based violence as teenage pregnancy, maternal mortality, infant mortality, contraction of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), depression and other mental disorders.

She said the fight against gender-based violence has been challenged by the lack of funds, lack of political will, inadequate data on gender-based violence and weak judicial systems which sometimes enable culprits to go unpunished. She recommended support for all adolescent girls through the establishment of more reproductive health services and a strong judicial system to ensure the punishment of perpetrators who abuse girls.

The Adolescent Health Focal Person, Ms. Henrietta Agyeiwaa urging participants to visit the Adolescent Corner

The Adolescent Health Focal Person of the Health Directorate, Ms. Henrietta Agyeiwaa told participants to make use of the Adolescent Corners at the Kpone Polyclinic as wells as the Michel Camp and Zenu clinics. She asked them to visit these facilities regularly to seek help on reproductive health matters.

The event ended with remarks from the Deputy Director of Education for the Municipal Mrs. Millicent Caesar and Mr. Leslie Dumas of the Social Welfare and Community Development Department. They both urged the participants to be agents of change and strive to be women of dignities in their society.

Mrs. Millicent Caesar and Mr. Leslie Dumas giving their remarks.


              NYA ORGANISES FORUM ON ELECTORAL VIOLENCE 

The National Youth Authority (NYA) Department of Kpone-Katamanso on the 24th November 2020 organised a forum on electoral violence for the youth in the Zenu Zonal Area council.

The Municipal Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA) Madam Janice Anaman–Mensah welcoming guests at the event

In a welcome address, Madam Janice Anaman -Mensah, the Municipal Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA) stated that Ghana will soon go to the polls to elect a president and parliamentarians. She explained that most youth in the country are used by politicians to indulge in all sorts of violent activities that lead to the loss of properties and lives. The program was therefore intended to teach and expose participants to the dangers of indulging in electoral violence.

Hon. Jerry John Adjorlolo; Assembly Member for Sraha Electoral Area in his remarks noted that election is not about fighting but rather expressing each other’s’ opinion. He stressed that the unity as a country is crucial at this point in time. He educated participants on how to cast their vote and cautioned them against violence before, during and after the elections.

The District Police Commander of Ashiaman; Supt. Abdulai Mumuni in a presentation, said that Ghana has since 1992, adopted multiparty democracy and hence the need to conduct elections every four years to elect a president and parliamentarians.

District Police Commander of Ashiaman; Supt. Abdulai Mumuni speaking at the forum

He further explained that the country can boast of peaceful transitions from one elected government to another. He added that lives and properties are destroyed when there’s violence and women and children are mostly affected. Supt. Mumuni mentioned Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Ayawaso West Wuogon and Ododododiodio as classified examples of electoral violence.

He stated that vigilantism groups have also emerged as a result of the country practicing democracy. However, it is very important that we go through the 2020 general elections without violence. Supt. Mumuni admonished the youth to preach peace during, before and after the 2020 polls and expose violent people in the society instead of shielding them. He also advised the youth never to entertain people who compel them to engage in violence but rather educate such people to seek redness in a peaceful manner.

He warned that offenders will face the full rigor of the laws of Ghana if they are caught engaging in any form of violence. Supt. Mumuni said the police rapid response team will also deal severely with people who are caught engaging in violent acts.

The Crime Officer; DSP/ Rev John Agbemabiese also took participants through practices that elicit electoral violence. He explained that a person found guilty of electoral offence can be fined or imprisoned. He also urged the youth to desist from being used for political gains since those politicians who ask them to engage in electoral violence will never come to their aid when they are caught.

Some partakers of the event

The program was also carried out in all the zonal councils within the Municipality.


Health, Safety Principles and Security Workshop

The Health and Safety Unit of the KKMA in collaboration with  the Kpone District Police Command, Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) on 19th Nov, 2020 organised a one-day workshop for the energy sector organizations within the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality.

Staff of GNFS at the event

In a presentation, DOI Hughes-Lartey of the GNFS said it expedient to raise awareness on the hazards of fire due to the ascendency of fire outbreaks in recent times. He explained  fire prevention as precautionary measures put in place to check outbreak of fire. Mr. Hughes-Lartey mentioned some causes of fires in Ghana as ignorance, arson, carelessness, natural occurrences and overloading of electrical extension boards. He further explained that poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), chloride (CI2), Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN), Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), Ammonia(NH3) and Sulphur dioxide(SO2) are emitted into the environment during fire outbreaks and inhaling these gases can cause serious damages to the air tracks of human beings.

DOI Hughes-Lartey speaking to the participants

DOI Hughes – Lartey therefore admonished all participants to prevent fire outbreaks at all times and called for more training of people on fire prevention /safely. He advised that in the event of fire, victims should raise alarm, call the fire service, evacuate the premises and fight the fire if possible.

The Municipal Environmental Health Analyst, Mrs. Christiana Sapio took participants through the laws in Ghana that support the protection of the environment. She mentioned the Atomic Energy Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. She also mentioned Sections 54 & 56 of the Public Health Act, Act 851/12 which also support the protection of the Environment. She stressed on the use of the three Rs, that is, reduce, reuse and recycle as means of cutting down waste to protect the environment. She echoed the need to rekindle the spirit of volunteerism among Ghanaians especially the youth for clean –ups in the various communities to ensure safety of the environment.

Madam Sapio addressing the participants.

Madam Sapio also suggested that the Assembly should do more in terms of educating residents on the effects of dumping waste. Touching on sanitation Madam Sapio said it is a way of life because it comes from within people. It is ensuring that our homes, farms, industries, workplace, communities and neighborhood are kept clean. Finally she appealed to all participants to conserve water bodies and plant more trees in line with promoting the Green Ghana Agenda.

The MCE addressing the gathering

The MCE; Hon Solomon T. Appiah for his part, asked the participants to be each others’ keeper. He said we should do the right things that will ensure the safety of the environment and ensure that our neighbours do same.

Mr. Abdaley of the Health & Safety Unit delivering his presentation

Mr. Jonas Abdaley of the Health &Safety Unit explained that the essence of the program was to raise  the awareness of participants in their roles in safety principles. He said the Assembly will undertake unannounced visits to the various industries and offices within the Municipality to ensure that all safety precautionary measures are being adhered to. This to him is the only way to prevent fire outbreaks and save lives, properties as well as the environment.

Supt. Seth Tay, the District Police Commander talking to the participants

The Municipal Police Commander, Supt. Seth Tay advised the participants to assist the police to reduce crimes in the municipality by using proper lightening systems both at homes and in the workplaces, by the installation of CCTV, as well as placement of alarm horns at strategic locations. He advised that energetic men who are well trained with their background well checked by their employers should be employed as security offices. Supt. Tay asked the participants to always give timely information to the police in order to reduce criminal activities.


KKMA DISBURSES ITEMS AND FUNDS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs)

The disability fund management committee and the department of Social Welfare and community development on Tuesday, 17th November 2020, disbursed various items and funds to Persons with disabilities (PWDs) who applied to be assisted in the areas of business empowerment as well as medical support.

Madam Rebecca Osei-Mensah having a discussion with Mr. Narh

In a short a ceremony held at the forecourt of the Municipal Assembly, the Municipal Chief Executive; Hon. Solomon T. Appiah admonished the beneficiaries to put what they have been given to good use to enhance their businesses and also improve their standard of living.

Hon. Solomon T. Appiah; the MCE of KKMA

The MCE also advised the beneficiaries to refrain from begging for alms since it demeans their personalities. Hon. Appiah further asked the beneficiaries to take advantage of the disbursement program to empower themselves to enable them become self-reliant.

Some beneficiaries seated at the event

On the whole, forty (40) persons received support. Thirty (30) out of the number were supported with various items such as deep freezers, electric sewing machines, book binding machines and  accessories, leather works and shoe making machines upholstery materials, sets of cooking ware, electronic gadgets boxes and tools, electrical equipment and bags of maize. Other beneficiaries whose items could not be purchased due to the unique nature of their request were given money to purchase them. Ten (10) persons who asked for medical support in the area of limp fitting (prosthesis) hip bone replacement and other surgeries had their bills paid for them at the various health facilities for them to access the needed help. In addition they had five hundred cedis (Gh₵500) each to take care of their preparations to the hospital.

The Municipal Director of the Social Welfare & Community Development; Mrs. Georgina Asare in an interaction with the media said that the items were given to the beneficiaries who applied and requested for them. She added that the fund management will later inspect those who were given money due to the peculiar nature of their request to ensure that the monies are being put to the intended purposes.

Mrs. Asare (extreme left) interacting with the media and some beneficiaries

According to Mr. Eric Narh Annang; the Disability Fund Management Committee Chairman for the municipality, there are about 2,000 people with disabilities in the municipality and due to this large number disbursement had to be done gradually. He explained that the disbursement program, under normal circumstances, should be done every quarter of the year but this has been impossible due to delay in receiving the items.  He noted that selected members went through the process of picking forms after which they underwent screening to ensure that they qualify and are duly residents of the municipality.

Mr. Andoh, a social developmet officer, lecturing the beneficiaries on family values

Beneficiaries were also given a talk on family values by Mr. Thomas Nyameye Andoh, a social welfare officer. According to Mr. Andoh, it is important to educate the public to accept persons with disabilities in their families. He added that  families that does not value persons with disabilities would only cause its retrogression.

Hon. Joseph Gbeze (Presiding Member) presenting items to a beneficiary

The items were presented by Hon. Joseph Gbeze, Presiding Member of the Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly. Hon. Gbeze told beneficiaries to use the items given them to generate income for themselves.


THE 36TH EDITION OF FARMERS’ DAY CELEBRATION AT KPONE-KATAMANSO

The 36th national farmers’ day celebration at Kpone-Katamanso Municipality was held at the forecourt of the Municipal Assembly. The farmers’ day event which is usually held in December was celebrated on Friday, November 6th, 2020 due to the upcoming general elections. This year’s event was themed “Ensuring Agribusiness Development under COVID-19 – Opportunities and Challenges”.

Hon. Solomon Appiah and other dignitaries inspecting the exhibits provided by the farmers in the municipal

The Ag. Municipal Director of Agriculture; Ms. Adam Ayi  in her welcome address said that agriculture has shifted from the subsistence level to commercialized business ventures and therefore urged all stakeholders along the agriculture value chain from production to consumption to take their activities seriously to ensure sustainability and rapid economic growth. Ms. Ayi also praised farmers in the municipality for being able to increase their production for constant availability and affordability of food in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hon. Solomon Tettey Appiah, the MCE of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly in his speech stressed that the novel widespread virus has tested and challenged two significant areas of Ghana’s agriculture namely the food production systems and the supply chains.

Under the food production systems, the MCE said the COVID-19 and its associated lockdown which led to the restriction of movement, adversely affected the availability of farm inputs and other farm services because rural farmers could not readily access city centers to sell their produce. Tractor service providers also faced challenges in obtaining spare parts and other mechanical repair services. Hon. Appiah said this situation discouraged some farmers who did not want to take the risk of late planting. He added that there was a widespread decision among young farmers to plough and plant few acreages in the major season in anticipation to do more, later when normal activities resume.

Hon. Solomon Appiah addressing the gathering

Speaking on food supply chains, the MCE said that the lockdown also affected activities of actors in the supply chain. This resulted in fewer middlemen moving into farming communities to purchase goods. The reduction in the number of fresh food retailers in markets as well as the close down of restaurants, hotels and other local eateries further reduced the bulk purchase of fresh food.

Hon. Appiah also talked about the flagship policy of Planting for Food and Jobs implemented by the Assembly. He said the implementation of the policy made certain strides in the development of agriculture in the municipality. He added that over 2,500 farmers, made up of 1,650 males and 670 females, including 750 youth and 35 persons living with disability were beneficiaries of subsidized agro-chemicals, improved seeds and fertilizers at 50% subsidy. Also, he stated that free chemicals for the control of Fall Armyworms on maize and other crops have been distributed to over 250 farmers. His statement further revealed that 140 poultry farmers registered under ‘Rearing for Food and Jobs’ will receive free poultry birds whilst 250 livestock farmers have registered and were yet to receive their breeds. He also mentioned other projects the assembly has embarked on to support farmers. Some of these include training programs and supply of animal manure for usage by farmers within the municipality.

Health screening at the event

Also present at the event were officials of the health directorate of the municipality, who organized free health screening for people at the event.

Mr. Busumfor Tetteh, the Overall Best Farmer for the year 2020 receiving his prizes

Mr. Busumfor Tetteh Ozor, a 70-year-old crop and animal farmer from Kakasunanka No. 1 was adjudged the overall best farmer in the municipality for the year 2020. Mr. Ozor is married with 16 children and has a total land area of 23 acres under cultivation with 18 permanent workers and 5 casual workers. He undertakes his farming in Asutuare and Afienya. Mr. Ozor took home a tricycle, one high density mattress, wellington boots, a knapsack sprayer, fertilizer, a wheelbarrow, insecticide, wheat bran, wax print, cutlass, soap, watering can and a certificate as prizes. The prizes were presented by the Municipal Chief Executive; Hon. Solomon Tettey Appiah.

Mr. Osman Iddrisu, the 2nd Best Municipal Farmer receiving his prize

The 2nd Best Municipal Farmer went to Mr. Osman Iddrisu from Santoe within the municipality. He is 69 years of age with over 50 years of experience in farming. Mr. Iddrisu has a total of 17 acres of land under his cultivation and also rear cattle(40), sheep(70), goats(30), Local fowls(15), Guinea fowls(60) with 6 casual labourers. Items awarded to him included a double-door refrigerator, mattresses, wellington boots, knapsack sprayer, fertilizer, wheelbarrow, insecticide, wheat bran, wax print, cutlass, soap and a certificate. His prizes were presented by Mr. Jacob Gbati, chairman of the event.

Mr. Hamza Salifu, 42 years of age was awarded Best Meat Processor. He is from Turaku. Mr. Salifu was presented with a certificate, mattresses, wellington boots, wheelbarrow, wax prints, aluminum pan, cutlass and soap. Mr. Salifu slaughters an average of 60 cattle monthly and has retail points in Tema, Ashaiman and Kpone-Katamanso Municipalities.

The Best Fish Processor award went to 55-year-old Ms. Dinah Nuertey of Kpone. She received a certificate, a double-door refrigerator, mattresses, wellington boots, wheelbarrow, wax print, aluminum pan, cutlass, soap and a radio. Ms. Nuertey has been processing fish for 35 years.

Mr. Gilbert Attrams a 30-year-old graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) won Municipal Best Agricultural Worker. He was given a television set, mattresses, knapsack sprayer, fertilizer, insecticide, wheat bran, wax print, cutlass, soap, watering can and a certificate.

Municipal Best Fisherman went to Mr. Tetteh Shadrach Agbaji, also known as “Hallelujah”. The 36-year-old fisherman received a certificate, a fishing rope and net, a life jacket, soap, wellington boots, wheelbarrow, knapsack sprayer, wax print, aluminum pan and cutlass.

Mr. Stephen Kwame Aniagyei of Pride Land Farms was adjudged the municipal’s Best Livestock Farmer. The 39-year-old farmer has 4,000 layers, 400 broilers and 200 quails in his poultry collection. In addition to this, he has 95 rabbits, 21 pigs, 12 cattle and 1,300 catfish. Mr. Aniagyei from Oyibi-Gbortsui took home a certificate, mattresses, wheelbarrow, knapsack sprayer, wheat bran, insecticide, wellington boots, wax prints, cutlass, soap and a watering can. His prized were presented by Mr. Joseph Gbese, Presiding Member of the municipal assembly.

The Municipal Best Crop Farmer award went to Madam Rosina Agbovi.  She is fifty-two years of age with a total of 20 acres of land under her cultivation. She cultivates pepper, tomato, watermelon and okro, and rear cattle(30), goats(20), and local fowls(30). Madam Agbovi received a certificate, a 32-inch LED television, mattresses, wellington boots, knapsack sprayer, fertilizer, wheelbarrow, insecticide, wax print, soap and a watering can.

Present at the event were the Municipal Chief Executive of Kpone-Katamanso, Hon. Solomon Tettey Appiah; the Municipal Cordinating Director, Hon. Michael Owusu-Amoako; the CEO of Global Cargo & Commodities Limited, Mr. Jacob Gbati who also chaired the occasion; the acting Municipal Director of Agriculture, Madam Aisha Adam Ayi; Mr. Hopeson Adorye, the parliamentary candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP); officers of the Ghana Police and the Ghana Army; the chiefs, members of the Kpone Traditional council; staff members of the Municipal Assembly, farmers within the Municipality and the general public.


REVISED AAP.MONICOT – 15th Oct. 2020


PRESENTATION OF RELIEF ITEMS TO FIRE VICTIMS

Residents of Chicken church area, a community in the Kpone municipal who suffered from a fire out break at the beginning of the year have been presented with some relief items by the National Disaster and Management Organization (NADMO) on behalf of the Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly. The presentation took place on the 13th February, 2020 at the Assembly’s premises.

Some of the relief items presented included bags of rice, cooking oil, mattresses, blankets, bed sheets, school uniforms, shoes, plates, spoons, wash basins, mosquito coils, clothes, buckets, soaps, and bowls.

Madam Rebecca Osei- Mensah, Municipal Information Officer, standing by the relief items.

Presenting the items, Mrs. Patience Tetteh, an officer at the NADMO office thanked the victims for exercising patience all this time for the Assembly to get all the items together. She encouraged them to forge on in life despite the fire outbreak. She added that with hard work, trust in God and perseverance they will surely bounce back.

Mr. Jonas Abladey, a Safety and Health Director in a short address, appealed to the victims to kindly accept the items given them wholeheartedly. He also advised them to be conscious of safety measures wherever they find themselves at all times to prevent such occurrences in the future.

Nana Kwame Appiah, on behalf of the victims expressed their gratitude to the Assembly for their kind gestures and promised that they will put all the relief items given them to good use.

Madam Patience Tetteh of NADMO presenting the relief items to the victims

The program was attended by members of the National Disaster Committee of KKMA, some heads of department and staff of the Assembly.


2021 KKMA BUDGET COMPLETE – 30th Sept. 2020


HANDING OVER OF SCHOOL DESKS TO MUNICIPAL EDUCATION DIRECTORATE.

The Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly on the 26th of February 2020, handed over a quantity of furniture amounting of Ghc52, 000 to the Kpone Educational Directorate for distribution to basic schools in the area.

The MCE presenting to the education directorate Mr Dickson Delali Klu

The presentation forms part of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly; Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah’s promise to   provide a conducive environment for school children from the various public schools in the municipality by assisting them with dual desks, mono desks and round tables for pupils at the kindergarten. The items comprised of 200 dual desks, 20 teachers tables and 20 teachers chairs donated by the Assembly.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony the MCE said the donation was part of the 1,000 dual and mono desks the Assembly promised to provide to schools in replacement for broken-down furniture. He said the Assembly would provide additional 1,000 chairs and tables to the Educational Directorate.

Receiving the items the Kpone Katamanso Municipal Director of Education, Mr Dickson Delanyo Klu, thanked the Assembly for the donation which he said would enhanced teaching and learning in the municipality.

Present at the presentation was the Municipal Coordinating Director of KKMA; Mr. Michael Owusu Amaoko, directors from the Municipal Education directorate,

Heads of department of KKMA and the media.

COMMISSIONING OF CONCRETE ROAD AT KPONE KATAMANSO, MUNICIPALITY

The Vice President; Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, last Tuesday inaugurated a four-Kilometer concrete road at Kpone in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly. He assured that, the government would construct more concrete roads across the country.

The Vice President Delivering His Speech.

The China-Ghana friendship road was constructed by Sunon Asogli power Ghana limited, with support from the Kpone-Katamanso municipal assembly, at a cost of $4 million.

The vice president and the Chinese ambassador.

He described the construction of the China-Ghana friendship road as a demonstration of the corporate social responsibility role of the company for the benefit of communities where it operate and said the ceremony was also to celebrate a new milestone in China-Ghana friendship.

The vice president said some of the roads had been awarded for rehabilitation works. It included the construction of drains and culverts, gravelling and sealing, Kpone town roads, the Afariwa farms link road, Kakasunaka number one and   two roads, community 22, Atadeka roads and Gbetsile-Apollonia roads.

THE VICE PRESIDENT CUTTING THE TAPE TO COMMISSION THE ROAD PROJECT.

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Shi ting Wang said as part of its corporate social responsibility the company also constructed schools and hospitals for the community. He also appealed to the government to assist his country face against the corona virus disease.

Dignitaries who attended the program included, the MCE of KKMA; Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah, the Greater Accra Regional Minister; Hon Ishmael Ashitey, the NPP parliamentary candidate for Kpone-Katamanso; Hopeson Adorye, NPP party supporters, staff of KKMA, the media and the general public.


GHANA AIDS COMMISSION, KKMA SENSITIZE RESIDENTS ON HIV AND AIDS

 Gbetsile (GAR) June 21, GNA – The Ghana AIDS Commission in collaboration with the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) has sensitized residents of Gbetsile and its environs on the negative effects of HIV and AIDS on individuals and society.

The sensitization crusade was on the theme, “Know your status and let’s end HIV and AIDS now,” with the aim of raising the awareness of the virus within the communities.

In a presentation, Mrs.Gifty Amihere, Public Health Officer, Kpone Katamanso, stated that there were various modes through which humans could be infected with the HIV virus.

Some of which are unprotected sexual intercourse, use of unsterilized razors and hair clippers among some sensitive transmission modes, she said.

The Public Health Officer advised that, residents must abstain from sex with multiple partners, be faithful to their partners and must always use condoms to avoid infection.

Mrs Amihere explained that it was imperative for the residents to go for routine check-ups to know their status since the viral infection manifested through many symptoms “so it’s good to be checked regularly”.

Mrs. Rita Patricia Amenyo Frimpong, Municipal Health Director, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency noted that an estimated 5,173 women were impregnated in the year 2018.

She added that out of the estimated figure, the Municipal Health Directorate through the Anti-Natal Care (ANC) registered 4,767 out of which 50 tested HIV Positive, a situation she said could be dangerous.

Mrs. Gertrude Abebleh, Focal Person for the Ghana AIDS Commission in Kpone Katamanso, said the Municipal Assembly had constituted a nine- member committee to effectively combat the spread of the virus within the Municipality.

There were free health screening for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis among other contagious diseases.

                                                                           By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


           5,659 SIT FOR BECE IN KPONE-KATAMANSO

More than five thousand six hundred candidates from the Kpone Katamanso municipality are currently writing the 2018/2019 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in 18 local examination canters.

5,659 sit for BECE in Kpone-Katamanso

In an interview with Mr. Dickson Klu, Municipal Director of Education, he stated that, the candidates were taken through adequate preparation to write their papers.

The Municipal Education Director also noted that out of the 5,659 registered candidates, 2,742 were boys and 2918 girls.

Mr. Klu explained that there was adequate security in place to check all forms of examination malpractices and criminality adding that, “23 police officers have been deployed to man all the 18 examination centres”.

Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Kpone Katamanso, told the GNA after touring some of the centers that, the candidates had comported themselves creditably.

He added that every registered candidate was present to write the examination saying it was a sign of good commitment on the part of candidates.

Master Derick Amatey, final year student of Royals of Shakespeare International School (ROSIS), said he was well prepared and was hopeful that the questions would be friendly.

Master Amatey thanked his teachers for their time and commitment in preparing them for the exams.

There are 184 schools writing the West African Examination Council (WAEC) facilitated 2018/2019 BECE in the Kpone -Katamanso Municipality out of which 151 are private and 33 public schools.

Source: Isaac Newton,  GNA

        


     KKMA MCE DONATE TO MUSLIMS COMMUNITY

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Solomon T. Appiah, have donated items to Muslims within the municipality to ensure a successful Ramadan.

Muslims across the globe are expected to go through their Ramadan fasting and prayers on June 3, 2019 which started early week of May 2019.

Presenting the items at the short ceremony, the MCE, Hon. Solomon T. Appiah who did the presentation at the forth court of the assembly, thanked the Muslims for remaining faithful to Allah till date.

The donation include; 60 bags of rice, 25 boxes of cooking oil, 20 bags of sugar among others

The donation is expected to be distributed to all the Muslim Communities within the Municipality to climax the Ramadan festivity.

Addressing the Muslims “the Municipal Chief Executive commended them for this period because it is not easy to fast and pray for continuously for 30 days continuously  and you have done well”, he stressed.

“We are not giving the items because of votes but for your prayers, which have strengthened us as a government”, he emphasized.

He urged them to continue praying fervently for unity, love and peace of the Municipality.

He also called on Muslims to rally behind the Government for development in the Municipality, and urged them to continue to pray for the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, MPs, Ministers and other government officials not forgetting staff of Kpone Katamanso Assembly.

Hon. Solomon T. Appiah reiterated that “Today the NPP Government led by President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia have acknowledged Muslims to be part of Ghana, may Almighty Allah bless them”.

He advised the Muslims to stay away from negative activities, since such act tarnished the image of Islam.

He asked Muslim leaders to educate their children not to indulge in violent activities.

The MCE was accompanied by the staff of the Kpone Municipal Assembly, some Assembly Members, the NPP Kpone Constituency Executives led by their Chairman, Nana Sipim, the media among others.

Alhaji Tanko, the representative of the Municipal Iman received the items on behalf of the Muslims and thanked the MCE for his kind gesture.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR PRESENTING ITEMS TO MUSLIMS COMMUNITY


KKMA OUTDOORS STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE GOOD SANITATION PRACTICES

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) has inuagurated a 10-member Committee to spearhead the process of ensuring that good sanitation practices are held high across all its four zonal Councils.

The Committee will formulate strategies that would enhance good and sanitation practices among residents of the area.

Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah, Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Chief Executive, noted that, his outfit would strictly implement its sanitation by- laws warning that “we shall prosecute any one who is caught flauting the sanitation laws”.

Mr. Appiah added that, one way of ensuring good sanitation practises was attitudinal change towards the making and disposal of filth and therefore called on all to be agents of change within their communities.

The event, which was preceeded by a massive clean-up exercise in Kpone, was on the theme,”Sesa wu su ban,” to wit, “change your attitude.”


GOVERNMENT TO UNVEIL NEW POLICY MEASURES ON SANITATION

Government will soon unveil new policy measures to enable the country to deal effectively with sanitation issues.

The measures are intended to complement the already existing ones as well as the efforts of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.

A statement signed by Mr Nelson Kofi Akatey, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and copied to the Ghana News Agency noted that Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister of the Sector announced the Government’s intention on the new policy measures.

She announced it during the inauguration of the Kpone-Katamanso Sanitation Strategy and Quarterly clean-up exercises initiated by the Assemblies.

Mrs Dapaah also inaugurated a 10-member Steering Committee for the implementation of the Sanitation Strategy and quarterly clean-up exercises in the Metropolis.

According to the statement, the programme formed part of the activities by the Kpone–Katamanso Municipal Assembly to ensure that the Municipality was one of the cleanest in pursuit of the National Sanitation Campaign.

Mrs Dapaah who was the Guest of Honour commended the Assembly for the initiative, which she described as laudable, the statement said.

The Minister said the country could only leverage on tourism and industrialisation policies if it had a clean environment to attract tourists and investors, adding that, it needed to develop a conscious attitude to clean its environments to contribute to national development, the statement said.

She noted that Accra alone generated 5,000 tons of solid waste and 3,000 tons of plastic waste, which could be harnessed to transform the economy and create 5,000 jobs for the youth.

“Government is attaching great importance to waste processing and recycling to transform waste into wealth and is prepared to live up to its responsibility by adequately providing all needed resources to complement the efforts of the Assemblies,” the statement noted.

The Minister, the statement said, called on the Assemblies to enforce bye laws on sanitation and come out with pro-active measures to drive the sanitation agenda.

She also said it was necessary for the Assemblies to improve on advocacy and consider the option of communal labour by people who flout the laws as well as the imposition of fines rather than custodian sentences.

The statement said the Ministry would continue to monitor and evaluate the performance of the Assemblies, adding that, the Minister gave the assurance that the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly would receive dustbins.

According to the statement, Mr Solomon Appiah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) said the issue of sanitation was a major challenge which confronted many countries including Ghana.

He said the vision of the President to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa and subsequently establishing the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources demanded the commitment and support of all to achieve the objective, the statement said.

The impact of poor sanitation on health and the economy, he said, was quite huge and therefore needed to be addressed.

The MCE, according to the statement, said the Assembly would play its role to bring the vision of the President into reality.

He called on the people in the Municipality to change their attitude and behaviour towards sanitation and be agents of change.

The statement disclosed that the Minister made a brief visit to the Kpone Landfill site to ascertain the conditions at the place and gave the assurance that the road network to and within the site would be reshaped and given a facelift to enable the trucks to have easy access to offload their refuse.

The Minister was accompanied by the Acting Chief Director, Joseph Obeng Poku and the Heads of the various Directorates and Units of the Ministry.


KPONE CENTRAL MARKET REOPENS

The defunct Central Market of Kpone, the capital town of Kpone-Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, has re-opened.

Tuesdays have been earmarked as market days for the people of Kpone and its surrounding communities.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Mrs. Regina Amanquah, Secretary, Kpone Market Women group, noted that the Kpone Central market would mitigate the inconveniences that the residents went through to get food stuffs for domestic and commercial purposes.

Mrs. Amanquah further stated that residents would no longer commute from Kpone to Tema and Ashaiman to buy food stuffs, adding that traders would ensure the availability of the various goods and services to meet the demands of the people.

She further called on the indigenes to take advantage of the market and own it ssying,”‘Let us welcome the strangers into the market. “

Mrs. Theresa Gidi, Head, KKMAl Revenue Office, also explained that, the market would help improve revenue collection in the area.

She assured that the KKMA officials would keep the market safe and clean at all times to promote good and healthy trading.

Mrs. Gidi assured that traders would be given a shed each in the market to trade in.

Mrs. Christiana Abldey, Market Queenmother, thanked the Municipal Assembly for reviving the market and promised that she would ensure that the market was well maintained.

Hundreds of residents within and outside Kpone thronged the central market square to transact business for the first time in a long while with joy as well as music at the background.

By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


KKMA BEGINS 2019 PUBLIC HEARING TO ACCOUNT FOR STEWARDSHIP

Sebrepor (GAR) April 10, GNA – The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) has begun its 2019 public hearing to account for the stewardship and draw ideas from the people.

The public hearing which begun within the locality of Kakasunanka, Nmlitsakpo, Sebrepor, Bethlehem and Gbetsile (KAMSSBERG) Zonal council is in line with Section 40 of the Local Government Act 936.

In a power point presentation, Ms Ivy Oduro Kwarteng, Municipal Planning officer, unveiled the various projects undertaken by the Assembly over the years, which included schools, hospitals, markets and roads.

Ms. Kwarteng further explained that, the Municipal Assembly was faced with many challenges but managed to undertake some developmental projects to enhance the quality of life of the residents.

The Municipal Planning Officer also revealed that, the Kpone Katamanso Municipality was growing rapidly in human population hence there was much pressure on social amenities which required that the Assembly must put in much effort to meet the demands and aspirations of the residents.

She noted that about 246 NABCO personal were posted to serve in their various modules within the Municipality with 175 yet to be posted.

Mr. Noble Atsu Ahadzi, Municipal Budget Officer, on his part, said KKMA was adjudged the 2018 best Municipal Assembly for the Greater Accra Region in Internally Generated Fund (IGF) generation adding that the Assembly raked in GH¢10,316,314.39 as at December 31st 2018.

Mr. Ahadzi again stated that the Assembly could not survive without the support of the residents with an appeal to them to pay their rates promptly.

The Municipal Budget Officer, assured that the Assembly would frequently stakeholders and seek their concerns in order to tailor their activities to meet the demands of the people

In attendance were opinion leaders, artisans, landlords, business owners and representatives of Faith Based Organizations

By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


CLOSE DOWN KPONE LANDFILL SITE – RESIDENTS

Residents of Kpone, capital of Kpone –Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, are calling for the closure of the Kpone Land Fill site due to health concerns.

Presenting a petition to authorities at a town hall meeting organized by the Municipal Assembly in Kpone, Mr. Joseph Tetteh, lead speaker of the Concerned Citizens of Kpone, noted that the stench emanating from the land fill site was unbearable for the residents in the community.

According to him, the stench became more poignant from midnight to dawn thus making sleeping very difficult for most residents.

Mr. Tetteh again lamented that, everyone was at the risk of falling sick due to the bad stench and the poisonous sludge that flows from the site through the town into the sea during the rainy season, adding that “the site was full yet they keep dumping the waste”.

According to him, many residents spent huge sums of money on their healthcare due to serious health problems associated with the landfill site.

In a response to the call for the close down of the land fill site, Mr. Michael Ewurah, Assistant  Environmental  health analyst, said the call for the closure of the landfill site was in order.

He assessed that Kpone Katamanso was not benefiting from the land fill site but rather contracting illnesses and an unbearable stench.

He advised that, the situation would become disastrous if authorities did not stop the managers of the land fill site adding, “We may have an epidemic outbreak if nothing was done “.

The Tema Metropolitan Assembly manages the the Kpone Land Fill site which currently receives over 1,200 metric tonnes of waste daily from the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


STOP STEALING GOVERNMENT LANDS, KPONE MCE WARNS

Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah, Municipal Chief Executive, Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly, has sounded a strong warning to residents who encroach on government lands and properties in the Municipality to desist from such acts.

He gave the warning during a Public hearing organized by the Municipal Assembly at Sebrepor.

The Chief Executive noted that some residents had resorted to stealing lands owned by the government and “we shall come after you in due course”.

According to him, some parcels of land acquired by government to build schools, hospitals and markets to serve the people in the Municipality had been tempered with.

“Some people have taken advantage of government’s inability to develop the lands and were selling them to unsuspecting individuals with impunity,” he noted.

Mr. Appiah further advised residents who were building on water ways and on demarcated roads to put their projects to a halt and seek permit from the Municipal Assembly for further directions.

The MCE also called on the residents to help tackle the sanitation issues adding that per the directives from the President, the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies were running Assemblies without boundaries saying residents must assist each other regardless of the district in which they resided to fight the sanitation menace battling the various Assemblies.

Present at the event were the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr Mike Owusu Amoako, Heads of various departments and local opinion leaders.

By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


KPONE KATAMANSO MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY CELEBRATES 62ND INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY

The Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly held a parade to celebrate the 62nd Independence Day Anniversary Kpone Methodist School Park. The event was climaxed by a March pass staged by Forty (40) contingents drawn from both private and public basic and second cycle educational institutions across the district. The contingents displayed to the audience with all forms of parade skills. The theme for the Independence Celebration was “Celebrating Peace And Unity”. The contingents gave out their best with a colourful display to mark Ghana’s 62nd Independence Day.

In a welcome address, Mr Assibi Anaba, the acting  Education Director in the District indicated that, parents should give their wards quality education because they are the future leaders. In this regard, he said there is the need to pay serious attention to the developmental needs of the youth. Again, he urged parents to act proactively to secure a better future for the youth since they form the majority of the human resource of the country. Furthermore, he entreated parents to go the extra mile in addressing concerns of the youth.

The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Solomon T. Appiah challenged teachers to continue to play their roles by imparting knowledge and mould the character of the young ones, so that the investment by Government and parents on students would not be in vain. He urged Parents and the youth to take advantage of the Free Senior High Policy. He said investing in quality education and skills provides the best legacy to empower the youth, especially children of school going ages.

He further indicated that, government together with the Municipal Assembly is putting in measures for all school-going children to have their first share in the area of education. He said the Assembly will continue to supply free uniforms, text and exercise books to alleviate the plight of parents.

He concluded by charging the school children and the public to work hard and not give up in the face of challenges and also be more innovative through practical education in science and research.

By Philip Baiden,

Information Services Department

Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly


AMAZING GRACE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS KPONE MATERNITY FACILITY

Amazing Grace Foundation, a Non- Governmental Organization (NGO), has donated medical equipment and supplies to the Kpone Maternity Home.


 The items presented included 16 mattresses, nine pieces of delivery sheets, one box of urine container, 3 boxes of gloves, 1 box of ureteral catheter, and six packs of used cloths.

Speaking at a short event to hand over the items, Mrs. Theodora Kotey, the founder of the organization, noted that, the organization started its operations in Ghana two years ago.

The organization was interested in humanitarian programmes hence the support to the Kpone Maternity unit with the medical items to save lives, he said.

Mrs. Kotey urged authorities of the facility to use the items for its intended purpose and maintain it.

She revealed that the organization had a prayer line where people from all walks of life could call and request for divine prayers especially in the United States of America.

Receiving the items on behalf of the health facility, Mrs. Rita Patricia Frimpong Amenyo, Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Health Director, expressed gratitude to the foundation for responding to their distress call.

She stated that the items would help alleviate their challenges while calling on other benevolent organizations to come to the aid of the health facility.

Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah, Municipal Chief Executive for Kpone-Katamanso, noted that the Municipal Assembly alone could not solve all the problems within its jurisdiction and therefore needed the contributions of all stakeholders.

Mr. Appiah again noted that poor sanitation practices were affecting lives negatively and therefore warned that the Assembly would soon promulgate a law to punish residents who ignore good sanitation practices.

“You will be given brooms and hoes to sweep and weed for days if found littering,” he warned.

He further added that the Assembly would embark on a massive sensitization campaign to ensure that everybody within the Assembly’s jurisdiction adhered to its rules and regulations.

                                                                                                           By: GNA


COMMISSION OF FUJIAN CERAMICS FACTORY

His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has commissioned the Fujian Sentuo Ceramics Company Limited, a leading tile manufacturing factory at Kpone, in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality in Greater Accra Region.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the president hinted that, the Fujian Ceramics Company is a tile manufacturing company, which is fully operating under the one-district one-factory (1D1F) initiative.

The President commended the managers for taking advantage of 1D1F policy of the government and indicated that, this will go a long way to achieve a significant level of industrial development and transformation.

In addition, he said the government is doing its possible best to improve the business environment and to give the local businesses good market competitive advantage.

The President reiterated that, “it is another responsibility of government, to create a level playing field for Ghanaian industries. It is establishing industries here in Ghana that we can get work for our young people. When we continue to depend on imports, we are creating jobs for other people overseas. Let us work hard to create jobs here for our people in Ghana, by encouraging investments like Fujian Ceramics Company to establish more companies in the country,” he added.”

NANA ADDO DANKWAH AKUFO-ADDO (PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA)

The company, as part of operating under the 1D1F initiative, is currently receiving incentives such as interest rate subsidy to help build its capacity and competitiveness, and, thereby, position it for greater productivity and efficiency.

He tasked the natives and people of Kpone to embrace this factory with a warm heart and live with them in a friendly atmosphere.

The CEO of the company, said, the company has staff strength of 1,500 people and sources 90 per cent of its raw materials locally


34TH NATIONAL FRAMERS DAY CELEBRATION AT KKMA

The 34th National Farmers Day celebration was held at Kpone-Katamanso on Friday 7th December 2018 at Apollonia under the distinguished chairmanship of Nii Nuertey Amobi II, Chief of Apollonia. The celebration was on the theme ‘Agriculture: moving Ghana beyond aid.’ The celebration was instituted in 1985 to honor and celebrate farmers and fishermen across the country.

In the remarks of Nii Nuertey Amobi, he thanked the organizers for electing him to steer the affairs of the programme and for choosing Apollonia to host the 34th National Farmers Day celebration.

He also showed his appreciation to H.E the President for the gains realized in the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme.

In a speech read on behalf of the Municipal Director of Agriculture, Madame Ernestina Agyiri, she highlighted some of the challenges facing the department as encroachment of agricultural facilities by traditional leaders, lack of farming lands in the various communities, poor sanitation at the beaches and difficulties in effective extension delivery due to lack of motorbikes.

She thanked the MCE, Hon. Solomon Appiah for all the trainings organized to educate farmers on good agricultural practices in the various farming communities.

She also used the occasion to congratulate all farmers in the municipality and across Ghana.

The MCE for Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly, Hon. Solomon Tetteh Appiah extended his gratitude to farmers across the country for feeding us every day.

Touching on the theme for this year’s celebration, the MCE said, it was inspired by governments vision to transform and modernize agriculture and make Ghana a self-sufficient economy. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy and plays a vital role in the lives of Ghanaians. It is for this reason that the N.P.P government under the leadership of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo having appreciated the role agriculture plays in the economy has formulated and launched flagship programmes like Planting for Food and Jobs and ‘One Village One Dam’ to boost food production and whip up interest for the youth to go into agriculture.

He explained further that, the flagship programme after barely two years of implementation is yielding fruitful results. He stated that the agricultural sector accounted for 18.7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and recorded an estimated growth of 8.4% last year.

He added that the government is in the process of constructing 570 dams in the 3 Northern regions of Ghana as well as the Ghana National Buffer Stock company to enhance the storage of agricultural produce.

Interventions in the Fishery sectors include, the construction of a fishing port complex in James Town, construction of landing site in Axim, Mumford, Teshie and Winneba; intensification of patrols on the sea by the Navy and Marines.

Hon. Solomon Appiah added that the government through this year’s budget has demonstrated in unwavering commitment to prioritize the transformation of agriculture as a catalyst for accelerated economic development. The recruitment of 2,700 extension agent to support the Planting for Food and Jobs, the increase in production of selected crops for food security and job creation; the removal of duties on agro processing and manufacturing equipment and machinery; the implementation of a grant funding facility for agro business start-ups; the e-registration of farmers, the One-District-One-Warehouse project among other interventions, all serves to reinforce governments determination to revolutionize agriculture.

Display of varieties of farm produce at the farmers’ day

He explained further that another intervention that will soon be introduced by government is called ‘Rearing for Food and Jobs’ which is aimed at enhancing livestock production.

Hon. Appiah emphasized that KKMA is in touch with foreign investors to invest heavily in poultry production to boost local agriculture production. He said plans are underway to woo investors to modernize the Tulaku Kraal and the slaughter slap there to ensure the sale of wholesome and hygienic meat for consumption.

Also, the assembly will train and build the capacity of agricultural extension officers to develop new methods of farming and educate farmers on best farming practices.

He was happy to announce that, the assembly has received a brand new pick up from the Ministry of Agriculture to beef up regular monitoring of farmlands and routine sensitization to farmers.

He appealed to farmers to desist from activities such as cooking in the farm, bush burning, sending of light frame to the farm and any form of hunting that is unacceptable since the dry season or the harmattan is gradually setting in.

Mr. Kwame Awuku Adu, managing director of Dalawin Farms Limited was adjudged the overall best farmer in the municipality. For his prize, he received a motor tricycle, bicycle, a wheelbarrow, wellington boots, weed sprayer, agro chemicals and cutlasses.

The overall best farmer, Mr. Kwame Awuku Adu

Mr. Seth Oklie was awarded the second position and a 72-year old Madam Evelyn Tokolin came third.

Other dignitaries who graced the programme were, Municipal Coordinating Director, Hon. Assembly Members, traditional Leaders, staff from the Assembly, Farmers, and the media.


                                  BEACH CLEANING EXERCISE

There was a beach cleaning exercise on 1st December 2018 at the Kpone beach. The exercise was organized by the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly as part of its efforts to make the beach very clean and attractive to both residents and tourists.

The clean-up exercise was attended by the Municipal Chief Exercise; Hon. Solomon Tetteh Appiah, the Environment Health and Safety Consultant; Mr. Jonas Dortey Abladey and some residents from Kpone.

The Kpone beach spanning from Sega landing beach to Kpoi-Ete is defaced with composite waste like plastic products, glass bottles, textile materials, etc.

Most of these waste are landings from the sea with some due to human activities; as a result, the beach is an eyesore and more so a health hazard.

After the thorough clean-up exercise, the beach looked clean, neat, attractive and environmentally sound.


KKMA HANDS OVER SCHOOL BUILDING TO KUBEKRO BASIC SCHOOL

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly on the 16th of November handed over a newly built 2 storey 6 unit classroom to the Kubekro KKMA Basic School. The handing over program was attended by a delegation from the Assembly which was headed by the MCE, Hon. Solomon T. Appiah.

In his remarks, Hon Solomon Appiah stated that, with the introduction of all initiatives made by the government to boost the standard of education and its resultant in high enrollment was the reason behind the construction of schools across the municipality since there is an infrastructural gap to meet the high demand.

He further explained that the Assembly will continue to invest heavily in education by constructing schools in areas where they are needed most.

Hon. Solomon T. Appiah also donated 100 bags of cement, a trip of sand in support of a JHS building undertaken by the P.T.A for the Kubekro Basic School.

In an interview with the media, Hon. Solomon Appiah cautioned churches who organize church activities in the classrooms to desist from such activities since it hampers teaching activities and compel students to clean up the place after use by the churches.

Madam Rosina Adobor, the Municipal Director of Education encouraged stakeholders to support the schools in the municipality. She commended the Assembly for its gesture and pledged that the classrooms will be put to good use.

Dignitaries who graced the handing over program included the MCD; Michael Owusu Amoako, the Assembly member for Kubekro; Hon. Isaac Bodwa, Headmistress and Teachers of the Kubekro Basic School, Heads of Department, Assembly Members, Parents, Pupils and the Media.


FIRST LADY COMMISSIONS CHPS COMPOUND AT SADUASE

The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo – Addo on 8th November, 2018 commissioned a Community- Based Health Planning Services (CHIPs) compound at Saduase in the Kpone Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

The Rebecca Foundation upon an appeal from the Municipal Assembly responded and furnished the entire project and provided the necessary medical equipment to fully operationalize the facility and make it fit for its purpose

The fully furnished functional and NHIS accredited CHPs compound is now able to provide preventive, and treatment services as well as refer patients to bigger health centers.

The First lady being assisted by the chief of Saduase to commission the CHPs compound

In her brief remarks at the commissioning, the First Lady and Head of the Rebecca Foundation, said the project “offers yet another opportunity to invest in what we believe will make a difference in the lives of women and children”.

“I am also pleased that this facility is serviced by two community health nurses, a midwife and a staff nurse. This will certainly ensure that the community will have the necessary complement of basic health services, especially for maternal and child health,” She disclosed.

The first lady delivering a speech at the commissioning

According to her, the burden of disease and premature deaths in our part of the world and in particular our country could be  prevented through the effective delivery of health services, therefore it is important that we reach citizens, especially those  in hard to reach  rural areas with affordable basic health care.

She consequently reiterated the Rebecca Foundation’s commitment to continue working with key stakeholders to ensure that women and children get the best possible healthcare and position them to fully contribute to our national development.

The Rebecca Foundation also supported the facility with medical equipment such as a complete delivery set, hospital beds and a generator as well as drugs and furniture for all the offices, wards and the out-patients department.

Medical equipment donated by the Rebecca Foundation

The First Lady entreated all to support government in the collective duty of making healthcare more accessible and available for all Ghanaians.

Concluding with a call for more compact partnership with the all stakeholders Mrs. Akuffo-Addo said health partners, the private sector, civil society organizations, religious and traditional authorities and non-governmental organizations must all come together to build effective, responsive, fair and efficient health systems, to provide accessible services for our growing population.

The Municipal Chief Executive of the area, Hon. Solomon Tetteh Appiah advised the staff and managers of the facility to honour the benevolence of the First Lady by making judicious use of the equipment. He also appealed to them to exhibit professional conduct and behavior at all times.

Dignitaries who graced the occasion included the Medical Superindent of the Kpone Health center; Dr. Rita Patricia Frimpong Manso, the Municipal Co-ord. Director; Michael Owusu- Amoako, Hon. James Akpo, Assemblyman for Saduase, chiefs and people of Saduase, nurses, and the media.

Staff of Kpone Health Center who graced the program

Traditional leaders of Saduase present at the commissioning


 

THE REBECCA FOUNDATION DONATES TO K.K.M.A BASIC SCHOOL

The Rebecca Foundation, headed by the First Lady of Ghana Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo-Addo on 7th November, 2018 donated books and assorted items to students of the KKMA Basic school in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra region .The thoughtful gestures of the First Lady included the distribution of items such as books, chocolates and shoes.

The initiative is being executed under the Learning to read and Reading to Learn initiative launched recently by the Rebecca Foundation. This is an initiative, birthed by the Rebecca Foundation, and jointly implemented by the Ghana education service, the Ghana Library Authority and the Royal Common Wealth Society to improve literacy in children between ages six to fifteen.

The presentation was done on behalf of the Rebecca Foundation by its Deputy Director in charge of Operations Madam Perpetual Asante.

Delivering the items to the enthusiastic students, Madam Asante advised them to use the items as tools that are meant to aid their learning process.

She congratulated the teachers for the stellar performances they pulled up every day to ensure the physical and intellectual fortification of the wards and asked that they continue to remain professionals.

The shoes, according to Madam Asante are meant to solve the material needs of children of these schools who mostly hail from deprived communities and homes.

She pledged the continued support of the Rebecca Foundation towards meeting the educational and health needs of mothers and their children across the country.

She further explained as part of the learning to Read and Reading to learn initiative about 20 libraries would be built across the country to actively engage children and primary care givers as well as teachers in reading and comprehension exercises via television, radio and the internet.

The initiative will also be undertaken on a pilot basis in schools through the use of volunteers and national service personnel, who would assist teachers during the Ghana Education Service approved time outlined for reading in public schools classrooms across the country.

Present at the program was the Municipal Chief Executive; Hon. Solomon T. Appiah.


THE KPONE KATAMANSO MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY  DONATED ITEMS TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITY IN THE MUNICIPALITY

The Municipal Coordinating Director of Kpone –Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) Mr. Mike Owusu Amoako on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive has presented some items to persons living with disability (PWDs) on Friday 5th October, 2018.

Some of the items included hair dryers, fridges, sewing machines, embroidery machines, paints, bags of rice, maize, charcoal, mattresses, boxes of cooking oil, wheelbarrow and, polytanks for storing water

The Municipal Coordinating Director of Kpone –Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) Mr. Mike Owusu Amoako in an address appealed to beneficiaries to make good use of the items donated to them by government and desists from begging for alms. He also encouraged them to get education and acquire skills that will improve their standard of living.

Mr.  Owusu Amoako advised the beneficiaries to take good care of the items and that from time to time Assembly will inspect the items to find out whether they are being put to proper use or not.

He added that, the government does not want PWDs to depend on anyone but work and fend for themselves hence the decision to donate the items to them to set up businesses of their choice instead of giving them money as was done previously.

Mr. Mike Owusu Amoako presenting the items to Mr. Eric Annang, chairman of the KKMA common fund for Persons with Disability disbursement committee.

According to the Director of Social Welfare and Community Development for KKMA, Mrs. Georgina Asare, 21 beneficiaries received educational support and 8 others received fund for health care. Again, each beneficiary received a water filtering dispenser to provide hygienic water for their use. The items donated cost the Assembly GH₵214,720.

Mr. Eric Narh Annang, the Chairman of the KKMA Common Fund for Persons with Disability Disbursement Committee in appreciation, thanked government on behalf of the beneficiaries for the support and promised to put the items to good use. He later revealed that, there were about 300 PWDs in the municipality and who will all in due time receive such assistance.

Some beneficiaries expressed gratitude to government for the support and promised to make good use of the items.

A cross-section of beneficiaries at the program

 


REGIONAL MINISTER DONATES TOWARDS KPONE HOMOWO FESTIVAL

The Greater Accra Regional minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, in collaboration with the Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) has presented food items and money to the Kpone Traditional council towards this year’s Homowo festival celebration.

The items included crates of assorted drinks, palm oil, sacks of palm nut, sacks of maize, cartons of bottled water and unspecified amount of money were donated.

Presenting the items to the Traditional Council, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey urged the traditional council and the chiefs to support the government in discharging it’s developmental duties.

He further called for peace and unity amongst the chiefs as they mark this year’s Homowo festival.

The Mankralo of Kpone Traditional Area, Nii Ofosu Oblie who received the items on behalf of the Paramount Chief and his elders expressed profound gratitude to the Regional minister, the MCE and management of the Assembly for their benevolence.

Notwithstanding, Nii Mankralo appealed to the government through the Regional Minister to make the needs of Kpone-Katamanso Municipality their priority since the municipality lacks certain developments.


DONATION OF SHOES BY PHILANTHROPIST

The Municipal Office of the National Youth Authority (NYA) with support from a philanthropist has donated five hundred (500) pairs of shoes to some selected Basics schools within the Kpone – Katamanso Municipality.

Presenting the items on behalf of the organizations, Madam Janice Anaman-Mensah, Director of the National Youth Authority in Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly said the gesture was in line with government’s flagship policy of the Free Education, to put smiles on the faces of the school pupils. The gestures would motivate them to attend school.


KKMA WELCOMES PUPILS TO SCHOOL

By: Laudia Sawer

Nganoman (GAR), Sept 18, GNA – The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) has welcomed class one and kindergarten one pupils in the 36 public basic schools in the Municipality to the 2018/2019 academic year.

Officials of the Assembly visited the various schools and interacted with the pupils, teachers and parents seeking admission for their children as part of the 2018 “My First Day at School” celebration.

My First Day at School was initiated by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to provide an opportunity to public officials especially ministers, chief executive officers of district assemblies and other dignitaries to visit schools and interact with pupils to make their first school experience memorable and encouraging.

Each of the pupils received a pair of shoes, biscuits, books, pencils, sharpeners, erasers and noodles.

Mr Mike Owusu Amoako, Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Coordinating Director, accompanied by Mrs Rosina Adobor, Municipal Education Director and Mr Roger Debrah, Public Relations Officer for the Municipal Education Directorate visited the Nganoman Community KKMA Basic School, Kpone-Bawaleshie Presbyterian School, Desuase KKMA Basic School and Gonteng KKMA Primary School.

Mr Amoako explained that the Assembly decided to give the children shoes instead of the usual confectionaries because such items could be used for several terms and even kept as a souvenir when they outgrow them to always remind them of their first day at school.

He added that since most of the parents in the communities in the Municipality were peasant farmers and had financial challenges, most of the children either go to school barefooted or wore torn shoes.

He pleaded with parents to do their best to provide basic needs for their children while government also did its part to provide free education and feeding.

The Coordinating Director commended teachers especially those at Gonteng for sacrificing to teach in the deprived area and urged them to continue the good work while promising to reward their efforts during the Municipality’s teachers’ awards ceremony.

At Nganoman, he promised to furnish a newly completed GETFund six-classroom block for pupils who were studying under trees or learning in the three over crowded old and dilapidated classrooms.

Mrs Adobor also commended the teachers and urged head teachers not to deny any child of admission as he reminded them of the option of using the shift school system if the children outnumbered the available places.

She explained that the day was to receive new entrants into the school system to encourage the children to attend school regularly.

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2019 KKMA BUDGET


KKMA PAYS SCHOOL FEES OF 13 STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

The Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) Mr Solomon T. Appiah, has appealed to parents of children living with disability to send their children to school in order to develop their potentials.

He said every child has a right to education adding that education served as an important tool to train the mind, heart and hands and empower people to create value in society.

Mr Appiah made the appeal here on Monday when the Assembly presented cheques worth GH¢13,927 to 13 students living with disability for the payment of their school fees.

This is the first batch of 150 beneficiaries to be awarded under the Disability Fund (District Assembly Common Fund).

Mr  Appiah noted that the gesture was part of government’s strategy to alleviate poverty and ensure an independent life for people living with disability by supporting their education, acquisition of employable skills and the setting up of small businesses.

He said the social services committee of the KKMA had vetted and approved applications for the purpose.

Mr Appiah urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunities being offered to them.

Madam Florence Tamakloe, a parent of one of the beneficiaries (Florence Animle, aged 16 of the Demonstration school for the Deaf,  Mampong) expressed gratitude to the government for the support which she said had helped her daughter to continue her education.

The KKMA Disability Fund disbursement committee chairman, Eric Narh Annang, said sustained awareness creation about issues relating to disability had helped reduce discrimination in the municipality and parents were encouraged to send their children living with disability to school.

From Godfred Blay Gibbah.


KKMA DONATES FURNITURE TO SCHOOLS IN KPONE-KATAMANSO

The Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD) of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly, Mr. Michael Owusu Amoako handed over school furniture to the Education Directorate of the municipality on Thursday, 14th January 2021.

The furniture which consists of 400 dual and mono desks as well as 150 chairs and 25 tables for pupils in kindergarten, was officially presented to authorities of the Education Directorate.

Mr. Owusu Amoako emphasized that the Assembly procures items for the education sector annually and these items are not only given to schools but to offices of the education service in the municipality as well. He recalled that last year, the Municipal Assembly gave swivel chairs and other office furniture to the Education Directorate.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Directorate, the Municipal Director of Education, Mr. Harry Evans Arthur thanked the MCD and the Municipal Assembly for their continuous support for the education sector. He gave an assurance that the furniture would serve the intended purpose they were made for.

The MCD in an interview with the media

Also present at the handing over ceremony were staff of the procurement department of the Assembly, staff of the Information Service Department and the media.

SEND OFF CEREMONY FOR RETIREES

A send-off ceremony was organized by the Management of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) for five (5) retirees on the 2nd December, 2020 at the Assembly Hall.

Mrs. Vivian Alhassan one of the retirees

The retirees are Mrs Georgina Asare; Director of social welfare and Community Development, Mrs Vivian Alhassan; Finance Unit and Mr Oliver Agbenyo, Director of NCCE, The rest are Mr. Samuel Denkor and Mr. Enoch Ocquaye who are both drivers of the Assembly.

The Municipal Coordinate Director of KKMA, Mr. Michael Owusu- Amaoko in his farewell speech thanked all the retirees for working assiduously during their career life for the Assembly. He again commended them for their dedication, perseverance, extraordinary qualities, courage and sense of responsible. Mr. Owusu- Amoako as well advised the retirees to take good care of themselves in order to prolong their lifespan.

There were also goodwill messages from colleague heads of Department and Unit to all the retirees.

Mrs. Georgina Asare on behalf of the retirees expressed their gratitude to the management of KKMA for the send-off ceremony. She as well thanked all and sundry for their great affection and awesome support given them during their working period. She appealed to Heads of Department (HODS) to be humble during their career life and learn from everyone including their subordinates.This according to Madam Georgina will make their work easier and enjoyable.

Madam Shalom Afari, head of HR Unit of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA)  also thanked the retirees for working hard to give KKMA a positive image.

There were presentation of gifts by the MCD to all the retirees.


GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING AT KKMA

The second ordinary meeting of the first session of the third Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly was held on 24th November, 2020 at the Assembly Hall.

The Presiding Member and the Municipal Coordinating Director at the high table

The Hon Presiding Member, Hon Joseph Gbeze in his welcome remarks expressed his gratitude to both Assembly members and Heads of Department/Unit for making it to the meeting. He entreated all and Sundry to contribute to make the meeting a successful one.

Some Heads of Department present at the General Assembly meeting

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon Solomon T. Appiah presented reports from the executive committee to the house. The executive committee report comprises of all reports from the various sub-committees.

The MCE’s report touched on finance and Administrate issues, security in the Municipal Education, Health, among others. Members extensively discussed all the issues raised in the report and proposed the way forward.

A cross-section of some Assembly Members at the meeting

The house also discussed security issues during the election period and Christmas season. The unanimously agreed that street light should be provided in all the various electoral areas to reduce criminal activities within the Municipality.


WOMEC organises forum on Gender-Based Violence at Kpone

Members of the high table and the MC for the event

Women, Media and Change (WOMEC), a feminine organization in Ghana organised a forum on gender-based violence at the Kpone Methodist Church on 25th November, 2020. The forum was part of the organisation’s program dubbed “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence”. The theme for the forum was “Keeping Adolescent Girls Safe in the midst of COVID-19”.

Girls from Kpone Methodist Basic School ‘A’ at the event

Present at the event were schoolgirls from Kpone Methodist Basic School ‘A’ and their headmistress. Also present were staff members of the Kpone Health Directorate, representatives from the Department for Social Welfare and Community Development, the Municipal Education Directorate and the Municipal Assembly.

In an opening address, the Executive Director of WOMEC Dr. Charity Binka explained that everyone has a responsibility for ensuring the safety of adolescent girls and violence against girls in any form should not be tolerated. She also urged all girls to speak out when they go through any form of gender-based violence. She further advised them to be the mouthpiece of victims of gender-based violence who cannot speak for themselves.

Executive Director of WOMEC, Dr. Charity Binka addressing the adolescent girls

The Director of the Municipal Health Directorate, Dr. Esther Danquah in a presentation talked about some causes, effects and challenges in dealing with gender-based violence. She revealed that 27% of Ghanaian women experienced gender-based violence in 2016. She mentioned some forms of gender-based violence adolescents go through as child or early marriage, female genital mutilation, sexual abuse and child trafficking. She added that females in their adulthood also go through other forms of gender-based violence such as marital rape, poor access to healthcare and manipulation by men due to dependency.

Director of the Municipal Health Directorate, Dr. Esther Danquah making a presentation

Dr. Danquah also explained how the novel coronavirus pandemic has put girls at risk of gender-based violence and unwanted pregnancies. She said that the pandemic which has led to many school children staying at home has led to an increase in teenage pregnancy in Ghana. Supporting her statement with research findings from the Ghana Health Service, she revealed that there 3,733 cases of unwanted pregnancy in 2017 whilst 5,372 cases were recorded in 2019. According to her, and the findings she presented 2,729 cases of unwanted pregnancy have been recorded from January to June, 2020. Dr. Danquah mentioned some effects of gender-based violence as teenage pregnancy, maternal mortality, infant mortality, contraction of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), depression and other mental disorders.

She said the fight against gender-based violence has been challenged by the lack of funds, lack of political will, inadequate data on gender-based violence and weak judicial systems which sometimes enable culprits to go unpunished. She recommended support for all adolescent girls through the establishment of more reproductive health services and a strong judicial system to ensure the punishment of perpetrators who abuse girls.

The Adolescent Health Focal Person, Ms. Henrietta Agyeiwaa urging participants to visit the Adolescent Corner

The Adolescent Health Focal Person of the Health Directorate, Ms. Henrietta Agyeiwaa told participants to make use of the Adolescent Corners at the Kpone Polyclinic as wells as the Michel Camp and Zenu clinics. She asked them to visit these facilities regularly to seek help on reproductive health matters.

The event ended with remarks from the Deputy Director of Education for the Municipal Mrs. Millicent Caesar and Mr. Leslie Dumas of the Social Welfare and Community Development Department. They both urged the participants to be agents of change and strive to be women of dignities in their society.

Mrs. Millicent Caesar and Mr. Leslie Dumas giving their remarks.


              NYA ORGANISES FORUM ON ELECTORAL VIOLENCE 

The National Youth Authority (NYA) Department of Kpone-Katamanso on the 24th November 2020 organised a forum on electoral violence for the youth in the Zenu Zonal Area council.

The Municipal Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA) Madam Janice Anaman–Mensah welcoming guests at the event

In a welcome address, Madam Janice Anaman -Mensah, the Municipal Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA) stated that Ghana will soon go to the polls to elect a president and parliamentarians. She explained that most youth in the country are used by politicians to indulge in all sorts of violent activities that lead to the loss of properties and lives. The program was therefore intended to teach and expose participants to the dangers of indulging in electoral violence.

Hon. Jerry John Adjorlolo; Assembly Member for Sraha Electoral Area in his remarks noted that election is not about fighting but rather expressing each other’s’ opinion. He stressed that the unity as a country is crucial at this point in time. He educated participants on how to cast their vote and cautioned them against violence before, during and after the elections.

The District Police Commander of Ashiaman; Supt. Abdulai Mumuni in a presentation, said that Ghana has since 1992, adopted multiparty democracy and hence the need to conduct elections every four years to elect a president and parliamentarians.

District Police Commander of Ashiaman; Supt. Abdulai Mumuni speaking at the forum

He further explained that the country can boast of peaceful transitions from one elected government to another. He added that lives and properties are destroyed when there’s violence and women and children are mostly affected. Supt. Mumuni mentioned Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Ayawaso West Wuogon and Ododododiodio as classified examples of electoral violence.

He stated that vigilantism groups have also emerged as a result of the country practicing democracy. However, it is very important that we go through the 2020 general elections without violence. Supt. Mumuni admonished the youth to preach peace during, before and after the 2020 polls and expose violent people in the society instead of shielding them. He also advised the youth never to entertain people who compel them to engage in violence but rather educate such people to seek redness in a peaceful manner.

He warned that offenders will face the full rigor of the laws of Ghana if they are caught engaging in any form of violence. Supt. Mumuni said the police rapid response team will also deal severely with people who are caught engaging in violent acts.

The Crime Officer; DSP/ Rev John Agbemabiese also took participants through practices that elicit electoral violence. He explained that a person found guilty of electoral offence can be fined or imprisoned. He also urged the youth to desist from being used for political gains since those politicians who ask them to engage in electoral violence will never come to their aid when they are caught.

Some partakers of the event

The program was also carried out in all the zonal councils within the Municipality.


Health, Safety Principles and Security Workshop

The Health and Safety Unit of the KKMA in collaboration with  the Kpone District Police Command, Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) on 19th Nov, 2020 organised a one-day workshop for the energy sector organizations within the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality.

Staff of GNFS at the event

In a presentation, DOI Hughes-Lartey of the GNFS said it expedient to raise awareness on the hazards of fire due to the ascendency of fire outbreaks in recent times. He explained  fire prevention as precautionary measures put in place to check outbreak of fire. Mr. Hughes-Lartey mentioned some causes of fires in Ghana as ignorance, arson, carelessness, natural occurrences and overloading of electrical extension boards. He further explained that poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), chloride (CI2), Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN), Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), Ammonia(NH3) and Sulphur dioxide(SO2) are emitted into the environment during fire outbreaks and inhaling these gases can cause serious damages to the air tracks of human beings.

DOI Hughes-Lartey speaking to the participants

DOI Hughes – Lartey therefore admonished all participants to prevent fire outbreaks at all times and called for more training of people on fire prevention /safely. He advised that in the event of fire, victims should raise alarm, call the fire service, evacuate the premises and fight the fire if possible.

The Municipal Environmental Health Analyst, Mrs. Christiana Sapio took participants through the laws in Ghana that support the protection of the environment. She mentioned the Atomic Energy Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. She also mentioned Sections 54 & 56 of the Public Health Act, Act 851/12 which also support the protection of the Environment. She stressed on the use of the three Rs, that is, reduce, reuse and recycle as means of cutting down waste to protect the environment. She echoed the need to rekindle the spirit of volunteerism among Ghanaians especially the youth for clean –ups in the various communities to ensure safety of the environment.

Madam Sapio addressing the participants.

Madam Sapio also suggested that the Assembly should do more in terms of educating residents on the effects of dumping waste. Touching on sanitation Madam Sapio said it is a way of life because it comes from within people. It is ensuring that our homes, farms, industries, workplace, communities and neighborhood are kept clean. Finally she appealed to all participants to conserve water bodies and plant more trees in line with promoting the Green Ghana Agenda.

The MCE addressing the gathering

The MCE; Hon Solomon T. Appiah for his part, asked the participants to be each others’ keeper. He said we should do the right things that will ensure the safety of the environment and ensure that our neighbours do same.

Mr. Abdaley of the Health & Safety Unit delivering his presentation

Mr. Jonas Abdaley of the Health &Safety Unit explained that the essence of the program was to raise  the awareness of participants in their roles in safety principles. He said the Assembly will undertake unannounced visits to the various industries and offices within the Municipality to ensure that all safety precautionary measures are being adhered to. This to him is the only way to prevent fire outbreaks and save lives, properties as well as the environment.

Supt. Seth Tay, the District Police Commander talking to the participants

The Municipal Police Commander, Supt. Seth Tay advised the participants to assist the police to reduce crimes in the municipality by using proper lightening systems both at homes and in the workplaces, by the installation of CCTV, as well as placement of alarm horns at strategic locations. He advised that energetic men who are well trained with their background well checked by their employers should be employed as security offices. Supt. Tay asked the participants to always give timely information to the police in order to reduce criminal activities.


KKMA DISBURSES ITEMS AND FUNDS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs)

The disability fund management committee and the department of Social Welfare and community development on Tuesday, 17th November 2020, disbursed various items and funds to Persons with disabilities (PWDs) who applied to be assisted in the areas of business empowerment as well as medical support.

Madam Rebecca Osei-Mensah having a discussion with Mr. Narh

In a short a ceremony held at the forecourt of the Municipal Assembly, the Municipal Chief Executive; Hon. Solomon T. Appiah admonished the beneficiaries to put what they have been given to good use to enhance their businesses and also improve their standard of living.

Hon. Solomon T. Appiah; the MCE of KKMA

The MCE also advised the beneficiaries to refrain from begging for alms since it demeans their personalities. Hon. Appiah further asked the beneficiaries to take advantage of the disbursement program to empower themselves to enable them become self-reliant.

Some beneficiaries seated at the event

On the whole, forty (40) persons received support. Thirty (30) out of the number were supported with various items such as deep freezers, electric sewing machines, book binding machines and  accessories, leather works and shoe making machines upholstery materials, sets of cooking ware, electronic gadgets boxes and tools, electrical equipment and bags of maize. Other beneficiaries whose items could not be purchased due to the unique nature of their request were given money to purchase them. Ten (10) persons who asked for medical support in the area of limp fitting (prosthesis) hip bone replacement and other surgeries had their bills paid for them at the various health facilities for them to access the needed help. In addition they had five hundred cedis (Gh₵500) each to take care of their preparations to the hospital.

The Municipal Director of the Social Welfare & Community Development; Mrs. Georgina Asare in an interaction with the media said that the items were given to the beneficiaries who applied and requested for them. She added that the fund management will later inspect those who were given money due to the peculiar nature of their request to ensure that the monies are being put to the intended purposes.

Mrs. Asare (extreme left) interacting with the media and some beneficiaries

According to Mr. Eric Narh Annang; the Disability Fund Management Committee Chairman for the municipality, there are about 2,000 people with disabilities in the municipality and due to this large number disbursement had to be done gradually. He explained that the disbursement program, under normal circumstances, should be done every quarter of the year but this has been impossible due to delay in receiving the items.  He noted that selected members went through the process of picking forms after which they underwent screening to ensure that they qualify and are duly residents of the municipality.

Mr. Andoh, a social developmet officer, lecturing the beneficiaries on family values

Beneficiaries were also given a talk on family values by Mr. Thomas Nyameye Andoh, a social welfare officer. According to Mr. Andoh, it is important to educate the public to accept persons with disabilities in their families. He added that  families that does not value persons with disabilities would only cause its retrogression.

Hon. Joseph Gbeze (Presiding Member) presenting items to a beneficiary

The items were presented by Hon. Joseph Gbeze, Presiding Member of the Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly. Hon. Gbeze told beneficiaries to use the items given them to generate income for themselves.


THE 36TH EDITION OF FARMERS’ DAY CELEBRATION AT KPONE-KATAMANSO

The 36th national farmers’ day celebration at Kpone-Katamanso Municipality was held at the forecourt of the Municipal Assembly. The farmers’ day event which is usually held in December was celebrated on Friday, November 6th, 2020 due to the upcoming general elections. This year’s event was themed “Ensuring Agribusiness Development under COVID-19 – Opportunities and Challenges”.

Hon. Solomon Appiah and other dignitaries inspecting the exhibits provided by the farmers in the municipal

The Ag. Municipal Director of Agriculture; Ms. Adam Ayi  in her welcome address said that agriculture has shifted from the subsistence level to commercialized business ventures and therefore urged all stakeholders along the agriculture value chain from production to consumption to take their activities seriously to ensure sustainability and rapid economic growth. Ms. Ayi also praised farmers in the municipality for being able to increase their production for constant availability and affordability of food in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hon. Solomon Tettey Appiah, the MCE of Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly in his speech stressed that the novel widespread virus has tested and challenged two significant areas of Ghana’s agriculture namely the food production systems and the supply chains.

Under the food production systems, the MCE said the COVID-19 and its associated lockdown which led to the restriction of movement, adversely affected the availability of farm inputs and other farm services because rural farmers could not readily access city centers to sell their produce. Tractor service providers also faced challenges in obtaining spare parts and other mechanical repair services. Hon. Appiah said this situation discouraged some farmers who did not want to take the risk of late planting. He added that there was a widespread decision among young farmers to plough and plant few acreages in the major season in anticipation to do more, later when normal activities resume.

Hon. Solomon Appiah addressing the gathering

Speaking on food supply chains, the MCE said that the lockdown also affected activities of actors in the supply chain. This resulted in fewer middlemen moving into farming communities to purchase goods. The reduction in the number of fresh food retailers in markets as well as the close down of restaurants, hotels and other local eateries further reduced the bulk purchase of fresh food.

Hon. Appiah also talked about the flagship policy of Planting for Food and Jobs implemented by the Assembly. He said the implementation of the policy made certain strides in the development of agriculture in the municipality. He added that over 2,500 farmers, made up of 1,650 males and 670 females, including 750 youth and 35 persons living with disability were beneficiaries of subsidized agro-chemicals, improved seeds and fertilizers at 50% subsidy. Also, he stated that free chemicals for the control of Fall Armyworms on maize and other crops have been distributed to over 250 farmers. His statement further revealed that 140 poultry farmers registered under ‘Rearing for Food and Jobs’ will receive free poultry birds whilst 250 livestock farmers have registered and were yet to receive their breeds. He also mentioned other projects the assembly has embarked on to support farmers. Some of these include training programs and supply of animal manure for usage by farmers within the municipality.

Health screening at the event

Also present at the event were officials of the health directorate of the municipality, who organized free health screening for people at the event.

Mr. Busumfor Tetteh, the Overall Best Farmer for the year 2020 receiving his prizes

Mr. Busumfor Tetteh Ozor, a 70-year-old crop and animal farmer from Kakasunanka No. 1 was adjudged the overall best farmer in the municipality for the year 2020. Mr. Ozor is married with 16 children and has a total land area of 23 acres under cultivation with 18 permanent workers and 5 casual workers. He undertakes his farming in Asutuare and Afienya. Mr. Ozor took home a tricycle, one high density mattress, wellington boots, a knapsack sprayer, fertilizer, a wheelbarrow, insecticide, wheat bran, wax print, cutlass, soap, watering can and a certificate as prizes. The prizes were presented by the Municipal Chief Executive; Hon. Solomon Tettey Appiah.

Mr. Osman Iddrisu, the 2nd Best Municipal Farmer receiving his prize

The 2nd Best Municipal Farmer went to Mr. Osman Iddrisu from Santoe within the municipality. He is 69 years of age with over 50 years of experience in farming. Mr. Iddrisu has a total of 17 acres of land under his cultivation and also rear cattle(40), sheep(70), goats(30), Local fowls(15), Guinea fowls(60) with 6 casual labourers. Items awarded to him included a double-door refrigerator, mattresses, wellington boots, knapsack sprayer, fertilizer, wheelbarrow, insecticide, wheat bran, wax print, cutlass, soap and a certificate. His prizes were presented by Mr. Jacob Gbati, chairman of the event.

Mr. Hamza Salifu, 42 years of age was awarded Best Meat Processor. He is from Turaku. Mr. Salifu was presented with a certificate, mattresses, wellington boots, wheelbarrow, wax prints, aluminum pan, cutlass and soap. Mr. Salifu slaughters an average of 60 cattle monthly and has retail points in Tema, Ashaiman and Kpone-Katamanso Municipalities.

The Best Fish Processor award went to 55-year-old Ms. Dinah Nuertey of Kpone. She received a certificate, a double-door refrigerator, mattresses, wellington boots, wheelbarrow, wax print, aluminum pan, cutlass, soap and a radio. Ms. Nuertey has been processing fish for 35 years.

Mr. Gilbert Attrams a 30-year-old graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) won Municipal Best Agricultural Worker. He was given a television set, mattresses, knapsack sprayer, fertilizer, insecticide, wheat bran, wax print, cutlass, soap, watering can and a certificate.

Municipal Best Fisherman went to Mr. Tetteh Shadrach Agbaji, also known as “Hallelujah”. The 36-year-old fisherman received a certificate, a fishing rope and net, a life jacket, soap, wellington boots, wheelbarrow, knapsack sprayer, wax print, aluminum pan and cutlass.

Mr. Stephen Kwame Aniagyei of Pride Land Farms was adjudged the municipal’s Best Livestock Farmer. The 39-year-old farmer has 4,000 layers, 400 broilers and 200 quails in his poultry collection. In addition to this, he has 95 rabbits, 21 pigs, 12 cattle and 1,300 catfish. Mr. Aniagyei from Oyibi-Gbortsui took home a certificate, mattresses, wheelbarrow, knapsack sprayer, wheat bran, insecticide, wellington boots, wax prints, cutlass, soap and a watering can. His prized were presented by Mr. Joseph Gbese, Presiding Member of the municipal assembly.

The Municipal Best Crop Farmer award went to Madam Rosina Agbovi.  She is fifty-two years of age with a total of 20 acres of land under her cultivation. She cultivates pepper, tomato, watermelon and okro, and rear cattle(30), goats(20), and local fowls(30). Madam Agbovi received a certificate, a 32-inch LED television, mattresses, wellington boots, knapsack sprayer, fertilizer, wheelbarrow, insecticide, wax print, soap and a watering can.

Present at the event were the Municipal Chief Executive of Kpone-Katamanso, Hon. Solomon Tettey Appiah; the Municipal Cordinating Director, Hon. Michael Owusu-Amoako; the CEO of Global Cargo & Commodities Limited, Mr. Jacob Gbati who also chaired the occasion; the acting Municipal Director of Agriculture, Madam Aisha Adam Ayi; Mr. Hopeson Adorye, the parliamentary candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP); officers of the Ghana Police and the Ghana Army; the chiefs, members of the Kpone Traditional council; staff members of the Municipal Assembly, farmers within the Municipality and the general public.


PRESENTATION OF RELIEF ITEMS TO FIRE VICTIMS

Residents of Chicken church area, a community in the Kpone municipal who suffered from a fire out break at the beginning of the year have been presented with some relief items by the National Disaster and Management Organization (NADMO) on behalf of the Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly. The presentation took place on the 13th February, 2020 at the Assembly’s premises.

Some of the relief items presented included bags of rice, cooking oil, mattresses, blankets, bed sheets, school uniforms, shoes, plates, spoons, wash basins, mosquito coils, clothes, buckets, soaps, and bowls.

Madam Rebecca Osei- Mensah, Municipal Information Officer, standing by the relief items.

Presenting the items, Mrs. Patience Tetteh, an officer at the NADMO office thanked the victims for exercising patience all this time for the Assembly to get all the items together. She encouraged them to forge on in life despite the fire outbreak. She added that with hard work, trust in God and perseverance they will surely bounce back.

Mr. Jonas Abladey, a Safety and Health Director in a short address, appealed to the victims to kindly accept the items given them wholeheartedly. He also advised them to be conscious of safety measures wherever they find themselves at all times to prevent such occurrences in the future.

Nana Kwame Appiah, on behalf of the victims expressed their gratitude to the Assembly for their kind gestures and promised that they will put all the relief items given them to good use.

Madam Patience Tetteh of NADMO presenting the relief items to the victims

The program was attended by members of the National Disaster Committee of KKMA, some heads of department and staff of the Assembly.

HANDING OVER OF SCHOOL DESKS TO MUNICIPAL EDUCATION DIRECTORATE.

The Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly on the 26th of February 2020, handed over a quantity of furniture amounting of Ghc52, 000 to the Kpone Educational Directorate for distribution to basic schools in the area.

The MCE presenting to the education directorate Mr Dickson Delali Klu

The presentation forms part of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly; Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah’s promise to   provide a conducive environment for school children from the various public schools in the municipality by assisting them with dual desks, mono desks and round tables for pupils at the kindergarten. The items comprised of 200 dual desks, 20 teachers tables and 20 teachers chairs donated by the Assembly.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony the MCE said the donation was part of the 1,000 dual and mono desks the Assembly promised to provide to schools in replacement for broken-down furniture. He said the Assembly would provide additional 1,000 chairs and tables to the Educational Directorate.

Receiving the items the Kpone Katamanso Municipal Director of Education, Mr Dickson Delanyo Klu, thanked the Assembly for the donation which he said would enhanced teaching and learning in the municipality.

Present at the presentation was the Municipal Coordinating Director of KKMA; Mr. Michael Owusu Amaoko, directors from the Municipal Education directorate,

Heads of department of KKMA and the media.

COMMISSIONING OF CONCRETE ROAD AT KPONE KATAMANSO, MUNICIPALITY

The Vice President; Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, last Tuesday inaugurated a four-Kilometer concrete road at Kpone in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly. He assured that, the government would construct more concrete roads across the country.

The Vice President Delivering His Speech.

The China-Ghana friendship road was constructed by Sunon Asogli power Ghana limited, with support from the Kpone-Katamanso municipal assembly, at a cost of $4 million.

The vice president and the Chinese ambassador.

He described the construction of the China-Ghana friendship road as a demonstration of the corporate social responsibility role of the company for the benefit of communities where it operate and said the ceremony was also to celebrate a new milestone in China-Ghana friendship.

The vice president said some of the roads had been awarded for rehabilitation works. It included the construction of drains and culverts, gravelling and sealing, Kpone town roads, the Afariwa farms link road, Kakasunaka number one and   two roads, community 22, Atadeka roads and Gbetsile-Apollonia roads.

THE VICE PRESIDENT CUTTING THE TAPE TO COMMISSION THE ROAD PROJECT.

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Shi ting Wang said as part of its corporate social responsibility the company also constructed schools and hospitals for the community. He also appealed to the government to assist his country face against the corona virus disease.

Dignitaries who attended the program included, the MCE of KKMA; Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah, the Greater Accra Regional Minister; Hon Ishmael Ashitey, the NPP parliamentary candidate for Kpone-Katamanso; Hopeson Adorye, NPP party supporters, staff of KKMA, the media and the general public.


GHANA AIDS COMMISSION, KKMA SENSITIZE RESIDENTS ON HIV AND AIDS

 Gbetsile (GAR) June 21, GNA – The Ghana AIDS Commission in collaboration with the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) has sensitized residents of Gbetsile and its environs on the negative effects of HIV and AIDS on individuals and society.

The sensitization crusade was on the theme, “Know your status and let’s end HIV and AIDS now,” with the aim of raising the awareness of the virus within the communities.

In a presentation, Mrs.Gifty Amihere, Public Health Officer, Kpone Katamanso, stated that there were various modes through which humans could be infected with the HIV virus.

Some of which are unprotected sexual intercourse, use of unsterilized razors and hair clippers among some sensitive transmission modes, she said.

The Public Health Officer advised that, residents must abstain from sex with multiple partners, be faithful to their partners and must always use condoms to avoid infection.

Mrs Amihere explained that it was imperative for the residents to go for routine check-ups to know their status since the viral infection manifested through many symptoms “so it’s good to be checked regularly”.

Mrs. Rita Patricia Amenyo Frimpong, Municipal Health Director, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency noted that an estimated 5,173 women were impregnated in the year 2018.

She added that out of the estimated figure, the Municipal Health Directorate through the Anti-Natal Care (ANC) registered 4,767 out of which 50 tested HIV Positive, a situation she said could be dangerous.

Mrs. Gertrude Abebleh, Focal Person for the Ghana AIDS Commission in Kpone Katamanso, said the Municipal Assembly had constituted a nine- member committee to effectively combat the spread of the virus within the Municipality.

There were free health screening for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis among other contagious diseases.

                                                                           By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


           5,659 SIT FOR BECE IN KPONE-KATAMANSO

More than five thousand six hundred candidates from the Kpone Katamanso municipality are currently writing the 2018/2019 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in 18 local examination canters.

5,659 sit for BECE in Kpone-Katamanso

In an interview with Mr. Dickson Klu, Municipal Director of Education, he stated that, the candidates were taken through adequate preparation to write their papers.

The Municipal Education Director also noted that out of the 5,659 registered candidates, 2,742 were boys and 2918 girls.

Mr. Klu explained that there was adequate security in place to check all forms of examination malpractices and criminality adding that, “23 police officers have been deployed to man all the 18 examination centres”.

Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Kpone Katamanso, told the GNA after touring some of the centers that, the candidates had comported themselves creditably.

He added that every registered candidate was present to write the examination saying it was a sign of good commitment on the part of candidates.

Master Derick Amatey, final year student of Royals of Shakespeare International School (ROSIS), said he was well prepared and was hopeful that the questions would be friendly.

Master Amatey thanked his teachers for their time and commitment in preparing them for the exams.

There are 184 schools writing the West African Examination Council (WAEC) facilitated 2018/2019 BECE in the Kpone -Katamanso Municipality out of which 151 are private and 33 public schools.

Source: Isaac Newton,  GNA

        


     KKMA MCE DONATE TO MUSLIMS COMMUNITY

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Solomon T. Appiah, have donated items to Muslims within the municipality to ensure a successful Ramadan.

Muslims across the globe are expected to go through their Ramadan fasting and prayers on June 3, 2019 which started early week of May 2019.

Presenting the items at the short ceremony, the MCE, Hon. Solomon T. Appiah who did the presentation at the forth court of the assembly, thanked the Muslims for remaining faithful to Allah till date.

The donation include; 60 bags of rice, 25 boxes of cooking oil, 20 bags of sugar among others

The donation is expected to be distributed to all the Muslim Communities within the Municipality to climax the Ramadan festivity.

Addressing the Muslims “the Municipal Chief Executive commended them for this period because it is not easy to fast and pray for continuously for 30 days continuously  and you have done well”, he stressed.

“We are not giving the items because of votes but for your prayers, which have strengthened us as a government”, he emphasized.

He urged them to continue praying fervently for unity, love and peace of the Municipality.

He also called on Muslims to rally behind the Government for development in the Municipality, and urged them to continue to pray for the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, MPs, Ministers and other government officials not forgetting staff of Kpone Katamanso Assembly.

Hon. Solomon T. Appiah reiterated that “Today the NPP Government led by President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia have acknowledged Muslims to be part of Ghana, may Almighty Allah bless them”.

He advised the Muslims to stay away from negative activities, since such act tarnished the image of Islam.

He asked Muslim leaders to educate their children not to indulge in violent activities.

The MCE was accompanied by the staff of the Kpone Municipal Assembly, some Assembly Members, the NPP Kpone Constituency Executives led by their Chairman, Nana Sipim, the media among others.

Alhaji Tanko, the representative of the Municipal Iman received the items on behalf of the Muslims and thanked the MCE for his kind gesture.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR PRESENTING ITEMS TO MUSLIMS COMMUNITY


KKMA OUTDOORS STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE GOOD SANITATION PRACTICES

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) has inuagurated a 10-member Committee to spearhead the process of ensuring that good sanitation practices are held high across all its four zonal Councils.

The Committee will formulate strategies that would enhance good and sanitation practices among residents of the area.

Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah, Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Chief Executive, noted that, his outfit would strictly implement its sanitation by- laws warning that “we shall prosecute any one who is caught flauting the sanitation laws”.

Mr. Appiah added that, one way of ensuring good sanitation practises was attitudinal change towards the making and disposal of filth and therefore called on all to be agents of change within their communities.

The event, which was preceeded by a massive clean-up exercise in Kpone, was on the theme,”Sesa wu su ban,” to wit, “change your attitude.”


GOVERNMENT TO UNVEIL NEW POLICY MEASURES ON SANITATION

Government will soon unveil new policy measures to enable the country to deal effectively with sanitation issues.

The measures are intended to complement the already existing ones as well as the efforts of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.

A statement signed by Mr Nelson Kofi Akatey, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and copied to the Ghana News Agency noted that Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister of the Sector announced the Government’s intention on the new policy measures.

She announced it during the inauguration of the Kpone-Katamanso Sanitation Strategy and Quarterly clean-up exercises initiated by the Assemblies.

Mrs Dapaah also inaugurated a 10-member Steering Committee for the implementation of the Sanitation Strategy and quarterly clean-up exercises in the Metropolis.

According to the statement, the programme formed part of the activities by the Kpone–Katamanso Municipal Assembly to ensure that the Municipality was one of the cleanest in pursuit of the National Sanitation Campaign.

Mrs Dapaah who was the Guest of Honour commended the Assembly for the initiative, which she described as laudable, the statement said.

The Minister said the country could only leverage on tourism and industrialisation policies if it had a clean environment to attract tourists and investors, adding that, it needed to develop a conscious attitude to clean its environments to contribute to national development, the statement said.

She noted that Accra alone generated 5,000 tons of solid waste and 3,000 tons of plastic waste, which could be harnessed to transform the economy and create 5,000 jobs for the youth.

“Government is attaching great importance to waste processing and recycling to transform waste into wealth and is prepared to live up to its responsibility by adequately providing all needed resources to complement the efforts of the Assemblies,” the statement noted.

The Minister, the statement said, called on the Assemblies to enforce bye laws on sanitation and come out with pro-active measures to drive the sanitation agenda.

She also said it was necessary for the Assemblies to improve on advocacy and consider the option of communal labour by people who flout the laws as well as the imposition of fines rather than custodian sentences.

The statement said the Ministry would continue to monitor and evaluate the performance of the Assemblies, adding that, the Minister gave the assurance that the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly would receive dustbins.

According to the statement, Mr Solomon Appiah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) said the issue of sanitation was a major challenge which confronted many countries including Ghana.

He said the vision of the President to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa and subsequently establishing the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources demanded the commitment and support of all to achieve the objective, the statement said.

The impact of poor sanitation on health and the economy, he said, was quite huge and therefore needed to be addressed.

The MCE, according to the statement, said the Assembly would play its role to bring the vision of the President into reality.

He called on the people in the Municipality to change their attitude and behaviour towards sanitation and be agents of change.

The statement disclosed that the Minister made a brief visit to the Kpone Landfill site to ascertain the conditions at the place and gave the assurance that the road network to and within the site would be reshaped and given a facelift to enable the trucks to have easy access to offload their refuse.

The Minister was accompanied by the Acting Chief Director, Joseph Obeng Poku and the Heads of the various Directorates and Units of the Ministry.


KPONE CENTRAL MARKET REOPENS

The defunct Central Market of Kpone, the capital town of Kpone-Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, has re-opened.

Tuesdays have been earmarked as market days for the people of Kpone and its surrounding communities.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Mrs. Regina Amanquah, Secretary, Kpone Market Women group, noted that the Kpone Central market would mitigate the inconveniences that the residents went through to get food stuffs for domestic and commercial purposes.

Mrs. Amanquah further stated that residents would no longer commute from Kpone to Tema and Ashaiman to buy food stuffs, adding that traders would ensure the availability of the various goods and services to meet the demands of the people.

She further called on the indigenes to take advantage of the market and own it ssying,”‘Let us welcome the strangers into the market. “

Mrs. Theresa Gidi, Head, KKMAl Revenue Office, also explained that, the market would help improve revenue collection in the area.

She assured that the KKMA officials would keep the market safe and clean at all times to promote good and healthy trading.

Mrs. Gidi assured that traders would be given a shed each in the market to trade in.

Mrs. Christiana Abldey, Market Queenmother, thanked the Municipal Assembly for reviving the market and promised that she would ensure that the market was well maintained.

Hundreds of residents within and outside Kpone thronged the central market square to transact business for the first time in a long while with joy as well as music at the background.

By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


KKMA BEGINS 2019 PUBLIC HEARING TO ACCOUNT FOR STEWARDSHIP

Sebrepor (GAR) April 10, GNA – The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) has begun its 2019 public hearing to account for the stewardship and draw ideas from the people.

The public hearing which begun within the locality of Kakasunanka, Nmlitsakpo, Sebrepor, Bethlehem and Gbetsile (KAMSSBERG) Zonal council is in line with Section 40 of the Local Government Act 936.

In a power point presentation, Ms Ivy Oduro Kwarteng, Municipal Planning officer, unveiled the various projects undertaken by the Assembly over the years, which included schools, hospitals, markets and roads.

Ms. Kwarteng further explained that, the Municipal Assembly was faced with many challenges but managed to undertake some developmental projects to enhance the quality of life of the residents.

The Municipal Planning Officer also revealed that, the Kpone Katamanso Municipality was growing rapidly in human population hence there was much pressure on social amenities which required that the Assembly must put in much effort to meet the demands and aspirations of the residents.

She noted that about 246 NABCO personal were posted to serve in their various modules within the Municipality with 175 yet to be posted.

Mr. Noble Atsu Ahadzi, Municipal Budget Officer, on his part, said KKMA was adjudged the 2018 best Municipal Assembly for the Greater Accra Region in Internally Generated Fund (IGF) generation adding that the Assembly raked in GH¢10,316,314.39 as at December 31st 2018.

Mr. Ahadzi again stated that the Assembly could not survive without the support of the residents with an appeal to them to pay their rates promptly.

The Municipal Budget Officer, assured that the Assembly would frequently stakeholders and seek their concerns in order to tailor their activities to meet the demands of the people

In attendance were opinion leaders, artisans, landlords, business owners and representatives of Faith Based Organizations

By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


CLOSE DOWN KPONE LANDFILL SITE – RESIDENTS

Residents of Kpone, capital of Kpone –Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, are calling for the closure of the Kpone Land Fill site due to health concerns.

Presenting a petition to authorities at a town hall meeting organized by the Municipal Assembly in Kpone, Mr. Joseph Tetteh, lead speaker of the Concerned Citizens of Kpone, noted that the stench emanating from the land fill site was unbearable for the residents in the community.

According to him, the stench became more poignant from midnight to dawn thus making sleeping very difficult for most residents.

Mr. Tetteh again lamented that, everyone was at the risk of falling sick due to the bad stench and the poisonous sludge that flows from the site through the town into the sea during the rainy season, adding that “the site was full yet they keep dumping the waste”.

According to him, many residents spent huge sums of money on their healthcare due to serious health problems associated with the landfill site.

In a response to the call for the close down of the land fill site, Mr. Michael Ewurah, Assistant  Environmental  health analyst, said the call for the closure of the landfill site was in order.

He assessed that Kpone Katamanso was not benefiting from the land fill site but rather contracting illnesses and an unbearable stench.

He advised that, the situation would become disastrous if authorities did not stop the managers of the land fill site adding, “We may have an epidemic outbreak if nothing was done “.

The Tema Metropolitan Assembly manages the the Kpone Land Fill site which currently receives over 1,200 metric tonnes of waste daily from the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


STOP STEALING GOVERNMENT LANDS, KPONE MCE WARNS

Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah, Municipal Chief Executive, Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly, has sounded a strong warning to residents who encroach on government lands and properties in the Municipality to desist from such acts.

He gave the warning during a Public hearing organized by the Municipal Assembly at Sebrepor.

The Chief Executive noted that some residents had resorted to stealing lands owned by the government and “we shall come after you in due course”.

According to him, some parcels of land acquired by government to build schools, hospitals and markets to serve the people in the Municipality had been tempered with.

“Some people have taken advantage of government’s inability to develop the lands and were selling them to unsuspecting individuals with impunity,” he noted.

Mr. Appiah further advised residents who were building on water ways and on demarcated roads to put their projects to a halt and seek permit from the Municipal Assembly for further directions.

The MCE also called on the residents to help tackle the sanitation issues adding that per the directives from the President, the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies were running Assemblies without boundaries saying residents must assist each other regardless of the district in which they resided to fight the sanitation menace battling the various Assemblies.

Present at the event were the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr Mike Owusu Amoako, Heads of various departments and local opinion leaders.

By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


KPONE KATAMANSO MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY CELEBRATES 62ND INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY

The Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly held a parade to celebrate the 62nd Independence Day Anniversary Kpone Methodist School Park. The event was climaxed by a March pass staged by Forty (40) contingents drawn from both private and public basic and second cycle educational institutions across the district. The contingents displayed to the audience with all forms of parade skills. The theme for the Independence Celebration was “Celebrating Peace And Unity”. The contingents gave out their best with a colourful display to mark Ghana’s 62nd Independence Day.

In a welcome address, Mr Assibi Anaba, the acting  Education Director in the District indicated that, parents should give their wards quality education because they are the future leaders. In this regard, he said there is the need to pay serious attention to the developmental needs of the youth. Again, he urged parents to act proactively to secure a better future for the youth since they form the majority of the human resource of the country. Furthermore, he entreated parents to go the extra mile in addressing concerns of the youth.

The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Solomon T. Appiah challenged teachers to continue to play their roles by imparting knowledge and mould the character of the young ones, so that the investment by Government and parents on students would not be in vain. He urged Parents and the youth to take advantage of the Free Senior High Policy. He said investing in quality education and skills provides the best legacy to empower the youth, especially children of school going ages.

He further indicated that, government together with the Municipal Assembly is putting in measures for all school-going children to have their first share in the area of education. He said the Assembly will continue to supply free uniforms, text and exercise books to alleviate the plight of parents.

He concluded by charging the school children and the public to work hard and not give up in the face of challenges and also be more innovative through practical education in science and research.

By Philip Baiden,

Information Services Department

Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly


AMAZING GRACE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS KPONE MATERNITY FACILITY

Amazing Grace Foundation, a Non- Governmental Organization (NGO), has donated medical equipment and supplies to the Kpone Maternity Home.


 The items presented included 16 mattresses, nine pieces of delivery sheets, one box of urine container, 3 boxes of gloves, 1 box of ureteral catheter, and six packs of used cloths.

Speaking at a short event to hand over the items, Mrs. Theodora Kotey, the founder of the organization, noted that, the organization started its operations in Ghana two years ago.

The organization was interested in humanitarian programmes hence the support to the Kpone Maternity unit with the medical items to save lives, he said.

Mrs. Kotey urged authorities of the facility to use the items for its intended purpose and maintain it.

She revealed that the organization had a prayer line where people from all walks of life could call and request for divine prayers especially in the United States of America.

Receiving the items on behalf of the health facility, Mrs. Rita Patricia Frimpong Amenyo, Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Health Director, expressed gratitude to the foundation for responding to their distress call.

She stated that the items would help alleviate their challenges while calling on other benevolent organizations to come to the aid of the health facility.

Mr. Solomon Tettey Appiah, Municipal Chief Executive for Kpone-Katamanso, noted that the Municipal Assembly alone could not solve all the problems within its jurisdiction and therefore needed the contributions of all stakeholders.

Mr. Appiah again noted that poor sanitation practices were affecting lives negatively and therefore warned that the Assembly would soon promulgate a law to punish residents who ignore good sanitation practices.

“You will be given brooms and hoes to sweep and weed for days if found littering,” he warned.

He further added that the Assembly would embark on a massive sensitization campaign to ensure that everybody within the Assembly’s jurisdiction adhered to its rules and regulations.

                                                                                                           By: GNA


COMMISSION OF FUJIAN CERAMICS FACTORY

His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has commissioned the Fujian Sentuo Ceramics Company Limited, a leading tile manufacturing factory at Kpone, in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality in Greater Accra Region.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the president hinted that, the Fujian Ceramics Company is a tile manufacturing company, which is fully operating under the one-district one-factory (1D1F) initiative.

The President commended the managers for taking advantage of 1D1F policy of the government and indicated that, this will go a long way to achieve a significant level of industrial development and transformation.

In addition, he said the government is doing its possible best to improve the business environment and to give the local businesses good market competitive advantage.

The President reiterated that, “it is another responsibility of government, to create a level playing field for Ghanaian industries. It is establishing industries here in Ghana that we can get work for our young people. When we continue to depend on imports, we are creating jobs for other people overseas. Let us work hard to create jobs here for our people in Ghana, by encouraging investments like Fujian Ceramics Company to establish more companies in the country,” he added.”

NANA ADDO DANKWAH AKUFO-ADDO (PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA)

The company, as part of operating under the 1D1F initiative, is currently receiving incentives such as interest rate subsidy to help build its capacity and competitiveness, and, thereby, position it for greater productivity and efficiency.

He tasked the natives and people of Kpone to embrace this factory with a warm heart and live with them in a friendly atmosphere.

The CEO of the company, said, the company has staff strength of 1,500 people and sources 90 per cent of its raw materials locally


34TH NATIONAL FRAMERS DAY CELEBRATION AT KKMA

The 34th National Farmers Day celebration was held at Kpone-Katamanso on Friday 7th December 2018 at Apollonia under the distinguished chairmanship of Nii Nuertey Amobi II, Chief of Apollonia. The celebration was on the theme ‘Agriculture: moving Ghana beyond aid.’ The celebration was instituted in 1985 to honor and celebrate farmers and fishermen across the country.

In the remarks of Nii Nuertey Amobi, he thanked the organizers for electing him to steer the affairs of the programme and for choosing Apollonia to host the 34th National Farmers Day celebration.

He also showed his appreciation to H.E the President for the gains realized in the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme.

In a speech read on behalf of the Municipal Director of Agriculture, Madame Ernestina Agyiri, she highlighted some of the challenges facing the department as encroachment of agricultural facilities by traditional leaders, lack of farming lands in the various communities, poor sanitation at the beaches and difficulties in effective extension delivery due to lack of motorbikes.

She thanked the MCE, Hon. Solomon Appiah for all the trainings organized to educate farmers on good agricultural practices in the various farming communities.

She also used the occasion to congratulate all farmers in the municipality and across Ghana.

The MCE for Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly, Hon. Solomon Tetteh Appiah extended his gratitude to farmers across the country for feeding us every day.

Touching on the theme for this year’s celebration, the MCE said, it was inspired by governments vision to transform and modernize agriculture and make Ghana a self-sufficient economy. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy and plays a vital role in the lives of Ghanaians. It is for this reason that the N.P.P government under the leadership of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo having appreciated the role agriculture plays in the economy has formulated and launched flagship programmes like Planting for Food and Jobs and ‘One Village One Dam’ to boost food production and whip up interest for the youth to go into agriculture.

He explained further that, the flagship programme after barely two years of implementation is yielding fruitful results. He stated that the agricultural sector accounted for 18.7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and recorded an estimated growth of 8.4% last year.

He added that the government is in the process of constructing 570 dams in the 3 Northern regions of Ghana as well as the Ghana National Buffer Stock company to enhance the storage of agricultural produce.

Interventions in the Fishery sectors include, the construction of a fishing port complex in James Town, construction of landing site in Axim, Mumford, Teshie and Winneba; intensification of patrols on the sea by the Navy and Marines.

Hon. Solomon Appiah added that the government through this year’s budget has demonstrated in unwavering commitment to prioritize the transformation of agriculture as a catalyst for accelerated economic development. The recruitment of 2,700 extension agent to support the Planting for Food and Jobs, the increase in production of selected crops for food security and job creation; the removal of duties on agro processing and manufacturing equipment and machinery; the implementation of a grant funding facility for agro business start-ups; the e-registration of farmers, the One-District-One-Warehouse project among other interventions, all serves to reinforce governments determination to revolutionize agriculture.

Display of varieties of farm produce at the farmers’ day

He explained further that another intervention that will soon be introduced by government is called ‘Rearing for Food and Jobs’ which is aimed at enhancing livestock production.

Hon. Appiah emphasized that KKMA is in touch with foreign investors to invest heavily in poultry production to boost local agriculture production. He said plans are underway to woo investors to modernize the Tulaku Kraal and the slaughter slap there to ensure the sale of wholesome and hygienic meat for consumption.

Also, the assembly will train and build the capacity of agricultural extension officers to develop new methods of farming and educate farmers on best farming practices.

He was happy to announce that, the assembly has received a brand new pick up from the Ministry of Agriculture to beef up regular monitoring of farmlands and routine sensitization to farmers.

He appealed to farmers to desist from activities such as cooking in the farm, bush burning, sending of light frame to the farm and any form of hunting that is unacceptable since the dry season or the harmattan is gradually setting in.

Mr. Kwame Awuku Adu, managing director of Dalawin Farms Limited was adjudged the overall best farmer in the municipality. For his prize, he received a motor tricycle, bicycle, a wheelbarrow, wellington boots, weed sprayer, agro chemicals and cutlasses.

The overall best farmer, Mr. Kwame Awuku Adu

Mr. Seth Oklie was awarded the second position and a 72-year old Madam Evelyn Tokolin came third.

Other dignitaries who graced the programme were, Municipal Coordinating Director, Hon. Assembly Members, traditional Leaders, staff from the Assembly, Farmers, and the media.


                                  BEACH CLEANING EXERCISE

There was a beach cleaning exercise on 1st December 2018 at the Kpone beach. The exercise was organized by the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly as part of its efforts to make the beach very clean and attractive to both residents and tourists.

The clean-up exercise was attended by the Municipal Chief Exercise; Hon. Solomon Tetteh Appiah, the Environment Health and Safety Consultant; Mr. Jonas Dortey Abladey and some residents from Kpone.

The Kpone beach spanning from Sega landing beach to Kpoi-Ete is defaced with composite waste like plastic products, glass bottles, textile materials, etc.

Most of these waste are landings from the sea with some due to human activities; as a result, the beach is an eyesore and more so a health hazard.

After the thorough clean-up exercise, the beach looked clean, neat, attractive and environmentally sound.


KKMA HANDS OVER SCHOOL BUILDING TO KUBEKRO BASIC SCHOOL

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly on the 16th of November handed over a newly built 2 storey 6 unit classroom to the Kubekro KKMA Basic School. The handing over program was attended by a delegation from the Assembly which was headed by the MCE, Hon. Solomon T. Appiah.

In his remarks, Hon Solomon Appiah stated that, with the introduction of all initiatives made by the government to boost the standard of education and its resultant in high enrollment was the reason behind the construction of schools across the municipality since there is an infrastructural gap to meet the high demand.

He further explained that the Assembly will continue to invest heavily in education by constructing schools in areas where they are needed most.

Hon. Solomon T. Appiah also donated 100 bags of cement, a trip of sand in support of a JHS building undertaken by the P.T.A for the Kubekro Basic School.

In an interview with the media, Hon. Solomon Appiah cautioned churches who organize church activities in the classrooms to desist from such activities since it hampers teaching activities and compel students to clean up the place after use by the churches.

Madam Rosina Adobor, the Municipal Director of Education encouraged stakeholders to support the schools in the municipality. She commended the Assembly for its gesture and pledged that the classrooms will be put to good use.

Dignitaries who graced the handing over program included the MCD; Michael Owusu Amoako, the Assembly member for Kubekro; Hon. Isaac Bodwa, Headmistress and Teachers of the Kubekro Basic School, Heads of Department, Assembly Members, Parents, Pupils and the Media.


FIRST LADY COMMISSIONS CHPS COMPOUND AT SADUASE

The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo – Addo on 8th November, 2018 commissioned a Community- Based Health Planning Services (CHIPs) compound at Saduase in the Kpone Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

The Rebecca Foundation upon an appeal from the Municipal Assembly responded and furnished the entire project and provided the necessary medical equipment to fully operationalize the facility and make it fit for its purpose

The fully furnished functional and NHIS accredited CHPs compound is now able to provide preventive, and treatment services as well as refer patients to bigger health centers.

The First lady being assisted by the chief of Saduase to commission the CHPs compound

In her brief remarks at the commissioning, the First Lady and Head of the Rebecca Foundation, said the project “offers yet another opportunity to invest in what we believe will make a difference in the lives of women and children”.

“I am also pleased that this facility is serviced by two community health nurses, a midwife and a staff nurse. This will certainly ensure that the community will have the necessary complement of basic health services, especially for maternal and child health,” She disclosed.

The first lady delivering a speech at the commissioning

According to her, the burden of disease and premature deaths in our part of the world and in particular our country could be  prevented through the effective delivery of health services, therefore it is important that we reach citizens, especially those  in hard to reach  rural areas with affordable basic health care.

She consequently reiterated the Rebecca Foundation’s commitment to continue working with key stakeholders to ensure that women and children get the best possible healthcare and position them to fully contribute to our national development.

The Rebecca Foundation also supported the facility with medical equipment such as a complete delivery set, hospital beds and a generator as well as drugs and furniture for all the offices, wards and the out-patients department.

Medical equipment donated by the Rebecca Foundation

The First Lady entreated all to support government in the collective duty of making healthcare more accessible and available for all Ghanaians.

Concluding with a call for more compact partnership with the all stakeholders Mrs. Akuffo-Addo said health partners, the private sector, civil society organizations, religious and traditional authorities and non-governmental organizations must all come together to build effective, responsive, fair and efficient health systems, to provide accessible services for our growing population.

The Municipal Chief Executive of the area, Hon. Solomon Tetteh Appiah advised the staff and managers of the facility to honour the benevolence of the First Lady by making judicious use of the equipment. He also appealed to them to exhibit professional conduct and behavior at all times.

Dignitaries who graced the occasion included the Medical Superindent of the Kpone Health center; Dr. Rita Patricia Frimpong Manso, the Municipal Co-ord. Director; Michael Owusu- Amoako, Hon. James Akpo, Assemblyman for Saduase, chiefs and people of Saduase, nurses, and the media.

Staff of Kpone Health Center who graced the program

Traditional leaders of Saduase present at the commissioning


 

THE REBECCA FOUNDATION DONATES TO K.K.M.A BASIC SCHOOL

The Rebecca Foundation, headed by the First Lady of Ghana Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo-Addo on 7th November, 2018 donated books and assorted items to students of the KKMA Basic school in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra region .The thoughtful gestures of the First Lady included the distribution of items such as books, chocolates and shoes.

The initiative is being executed under the Learning to read and Reading to Learn initiative launched recently by the Rebecca Foundation. This is an initiative, birthed by the Rebecca Foundation, and jointly implemented by the Ghana education service, the Ghana Library Authority and the Royal Common Wealth Society to improve literacy in children between ages six to fifteen.

The presentation was done on behalf of the Rebecca Foundation by its Deputy Director in charge of Operations Madam Perpetual Asante.

Delivering the items to the enthusiastic students, Madam Asante advised them to use the items as tools that are meant to aid their learning process.

She congratulated the teachers for the stellar performances they pulled up every day to ensure the physical and intellectual fortification of the wards and asked that they continue to remain professionals.

The shoes, according to Madam Asante are meant to solve the material needs of children of these schools who mostly hail from deprived communities and homes.

She pledged the continued support of the Rebecca Foundation towards meeting the educational and health needs of mothers and their children across the country.

She further explained as part of the learning to Read and Reading to learn initiative about 20 libraries would be built across the country to actively engage children and primary care givers as well as teachers in reading and comprehension exercises via television, radio and the internet.

The initiative will also be undertaken on a pilot basis in schools through the use of volunteers and national service personnel, who would assist teachers during the Ghana Education Service approved time outlined for reading in public schools classrooms across the country.

Present at the program was the Municipal Chief Executive; Hon. Solomon T. Appiah.


THE KPONE KATAMANSO MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY  DONATED ITEMS TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITY IN THE MUNICIPALITY

The Municipal Coordinating Director of Kpone –Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) Mr. Mike Owusu Amoako on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive has presented some items to persons living with disability (PWDs) on Friday 5th October, 2018.

Some of the items included hair dryers, fridges, sewing machines, embroidery machines, paints, bags of rice, maize, charcoal, mattresses, boxes of cooking oil, wheelbarrow and, polytanks for storing water

The Municipal Coordinating Director of Kpone –Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) Mr. Mike Owusu Amoako in an address appealed to beneficiaries to make good use of the items donated to them by government and desists from begging for alms. He also encouraged them to get education and acquire skills that will improve their standard of living.

Mr.  Owusu Amoako advised the beneficiaries to take good care of the items and that from time to time Assembly will inspect the items to find out whether they are being put to proper use or not.

He added that, the government does not want PWDs to depend on anyone but work and fend for themselves hence the decision to donate the items to them to set up businesses of their choice instead of giving them money as was done previously.

Mr. Mike Owusu Amoako presenting the items to Mr. Eric Annang, chairman of the KKMA common fund for Persons with Disability disbursement committee.

According to the Director of Social Welfare and Community Development for KKMA, Mrs. Georgina Asare, 21 beneficiaries received educational support and 8 others received fund for health care. Again, each beneficiary received a water filtering dispenser to provide hygienic water for their use. The items donated cost the Assembly GH₵214,720.

Mr. Eric Narh Annang, the Chairman of the KKMA Common Fund for Persons with Disability Disbursement Committee in appreciation, thanked government on behalf of the beneficiaries for the support and promised to put the items to good use. He later revealed that, there were about 300 PWDs in the municipality and who will all in due time receive such assistance.

Some beneficiaries expressed gratitude to government for the support and promised to make good use of the items.

A cross-section of beneficiaries at the program

 


REGIONAL MINISTER DONATES TOWARDS KPONE HOMOWO FESTIVAL

The Greater Accra Regional minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, in collaboration with the Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) has presented food items and money to the Kpone Traditional council towards this year’s Homowo festival celebration.

The items included crates of assorted drinks, palm oil, sacks of palm nut, sacks of maize, cartons of bottled water and unspecified amount of money were donated.

Presenting the items to the Traditional Council, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey urged the traditional council and the chiefs to support the government in discharging it’s developmental duties.

He further called for peace and unity amongst the chiefs as they mark this year’s Homowo festival.

The Mankralo of Kpone Traditional Area, Nii Ofosu Oblie who received the items on behalf of the Paramount Chief and his elders expressed profound gratitude to the Regional minister, the MCE and management of the Assembly for their benevolence.

Notwithstanding, Nii Mankralo appealed to the government through the Regional Minister to make the needs of Kpone-Katamanso Municipality their priority since the municipality lacks certain developments.


DONATION OF SHOES BY PHILANTHROPIST

The Municipal Office of the National Youth Authority (NYA) with support from a philanthropist has donated five hundred (500) pairs of shoes to some selected Basics schools within the Kpone – Katamanso Municipality.

Presenting the items on behalf of the organizations, Madam Janice Anaman-Mensah, Director of the National Youth Authority in Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly said the gesture was in line with government’s flagship policy of the Free Education, to put smiles on the faces of the school pupils. The gestures would motivate them to attend school.


KKMA WELCOMES PUPILS TO SCHOOL

By: Laudia Sawer

Nganoman (GAR), Sept 18, GNA – The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) has welcomed class one and kindergarten one pupils in the 36 public basic schools in the Municipality to the 2018/2019 academic year.

Officials of the Assembly visited the various schools and interacted with the pupils, teachers and parents seeking admission for their children as part of the 2018 “My First Day at School” celebration.

My First Day at School was initiated by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to provide an opportunity to public officials especially ministers, chief executive officers of district assemblies and other dignitaries to visit schools and interact with pupils to make their first school experience memorable and encouraging.

Each of the pupils received a pair of shoes, biscuits, books, pencils, sharpeners, erasers and noodles.

Mr Mike Owusu Amoako, Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Coordinating Director, accompanied by Mrs Rosina Adobor, Municipal Education Director and Mr Roger Debrah, Public Relations Officer for the Municipal Education Directorate visited the Nganoman Community KKMA Basic School, Kpone-Bawaleshie Presbyterian School, Desuase KKMA Basic School and Gonteng KKMA Primary School.

Mr Amoako explained that the Assembly decided to give the children shoes instead of the usual confectionaries because such items could be used for several terms and even kept as a souvenir when they outgrow them to always remind them of their first day at school.

He added that since most of the parents in the communities in the Municipality were peasant farmers and had financial challenges, most of the children either go to school barefooted or wore torn shoes.

He pleaded with parents to do their best to provide basic needs for their children while government also did its part to provide free education and feeding.

The Coordinating Director commended teachers especially those at Gonteng for sacrificing to teach in the deprived area and urged them to continue the good work while promising to reward their efforts during the Municipality’s teachers’ awards ceremony.

At Nganoman, he promised to furnish a newly completed GETFund six-classroom block for pupils who were studying under trees or learning in the three over crowded old and dilapidated classrooms.

Mrs Adobor also commended the teachers and urged head teachers not to deny any child of admission as he reminded them of the option of using the shift school system if the children outnumbered the available places.

She explained that the day was to receive new entrants into the school system to encourage the children to attend school regularly.

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KKMA PAYS SCHOOL FEES OF 13 STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

The Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Kpone- Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) Mr Solomon T. Appiah, has appealed to parents of children living with disability to send their children to school in order to develop their potentials.

He said every child has a right to education adding that education served as an important tool to train the mind, heart and hands and empower people to create value in society.

Mr Appiah made the appeal here on Monday when the Assembly presented cheques worth GH¢13,927 to 13 students living with disability for the payment of their school fees.

This is the first batch of 150 beneficiaries to be awarded under the Disability Fund (District Assembly Common Fund).

Mr  Appiah noted that the gesture was part of government’s strategy to alleviate poverty and ensure an independent life for people living with disability by supporting their education, acquisition of employable skills and the setting up of small businesses.

He said the social services committee of the KKMA had vetted and approved applications for the purpose.

Mr Appiah urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunities being offered to them.

Madam Florence Tamakloe, a parent of one of the beneficiaries (Florence Animle, aged 16 of the Demonstration school for the Deaf,  Mampong) expressed gratitude to the government for the support which she said had helped her daughter to continue her education.

The KKMA Disability Fund disbursement committee chairman, Eric Narh Annang, said sustained awareness creation about issues relating to disability had helped reduce discrimination in the municipality and parents were encouraged to send their children living with disability to school.

From Godfred Blay Gibbah.


DONATION OF PPEs TO KPONE MUNICIPAL HEALTH DIRECTORATE

Tuesday, 28th April, 2021

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) on Tuesday, 28th April, 2021 donated personal protective equipment (PPEs) to staff of the Municipal Health Directorate. CLICK TO READ