The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisations in conjunction with the District Education Service and the Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly began a five – days period bootcamp ICT training for 30 selected girls in the district, which started from Monday the 16th to Friday the 20th at the Akroso Senior High School ICT Lab. Where they will explore the world of technology through coding, Cyber Security and Website Development.
Speaking at the opening ceremony the District Education Director, was so grateful to the Ministry of Communication and Digitalization for the unique opportunity to be part of this laudable effort to inculcate the love of ICT into the girl child, he encouraged the girls to put in their maximum best in the training and come out victorious in the final competition.
Madam Mary Bamfo the Team Leader for Girls in ICT also implored the girls to aspire higher and should not limit themselves in any way to keep those dreams alive. She said they share in the girls dreams and believe they can achieve everything they put their minds to. None of the reasons for lack of women and girls in ICT indicate that it is due to biological differences. She said ICT is not a boy’s game neither is it a girl’s game it’s everyone’s game. Let’s make it a point to leave here with a renewed mind, confidence and a will to conquer the world of ICT.
A district Composite Budget Hearings was held on the 12th of October, 2023 at the Conference Hall of Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly, where all the Budget Committee members of the district Municipal and District Assemblies participated. The exercise is obligated by Law under the Public Financial Management Regulations 2019, backed by Legislative Instrument 2378 hence the mandatory conduct of the meeting.
Essentially, the hearings are aimed at harmonizing the various budgets of the Municipal and Districts for onward submission to the Finance Ministry, to be incorporated into the National budget, so as to enable the districts to enjoy a fair share of the national cake for it’s developmental agenda. All five districts and Municipal Assemblies took turns to do a powerpoint presentation of their budget.
The participated Municipal and Districts Assemblies were Birim Central Municipal, Birim South, Akyemansa, Achiase and Asene Manso Akroso District Assemblies.
Diligently facilitating the exercise was a National Budget Team from the Regional.
The Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly held a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday 26th April, 2023 as part of it’s mission to provide quality and free flow of service delivery in the district.
In her welcome address, the District Coordinating director Madam Gladys Asamoah Addai read the agenda for the meeting which was to present the implementation on Budgeted projects and programmes for 2022 and pleaded on members commitment and contribution to make a successful sitting.
Mr. Prince Osei Gyamfi the Assistant Budget took the audience through a power point presentation which focused on some major projects and programmes that were implemented in 2022. He also emphasized that, the projects are sector specific which includes Education, Health, Sanitation, Agriculture, Roads, Market, Environmental and disaster Management, Public safety and security, among others.
The DCE Hon. Alex Incoom also addressed the gathering on both major and minor developmental issues captured in the Medium-term development plan. He pleaded that if any community experiences slow delivery of projects they should have patience and tolerance.
He added that there is always a constraint in the yearly budget implementation as the Assembly heavily relies on Grants which is not consistent and reliable.
The chairperson thanked the gathering for their participation and encouraged all members present to take the role and responsibility towards developing the Asene Manso Akroso District.
In attendance were Traditional Leaders, Assembly Members, some staff of the AMADA among others.
A meeting was held with all information centre owners and operators on the 11th of May, 2023 at the Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly Hall.
Some of the obligations of the information centre operators raised were that no centre should operate within the district without properly registering with the District Assembly and other regulatory agencies, and also every operator is required to pay operational fees to the Assembly in line with the fee fixing resolution. It was also raised that the operational hours for all centres should be from 5:00am to 7:00am in the morning and 4:30pm to 7:00pm in the evening with the exception of emergency announcements regarding lost of a child or relative etc.
All centres should operate in an environment with permissible noise level, and no panel discussion and phone in. Also no operator should allow their centre to be used for insult or any activity that may negatively affect the reputation of individuals or group of people.
The District Assembly’s obligation to the information centres is to support and regulate all centres to enhance their operations and also facilitate the proper organization of the centre operators.
In conclusion, it was agreed that all information centres in the district should offer free services as part of their social responsibility to their respective communities particularly making announcement relating to Education, Agriculture, Health, Environmental Sanitation, Building Regulations, Revenue Mobilization among others.
In attendance were the District Coordinating Director Mad. Gladys Asamoah Addai, District Budget Analyst Mr. Prince Adu Boafo, the District Environmental Health Officer Mr. Robert Amewuda, District Information Officer Miss Elizabeth Osei, some Information Operators, some staffs of AMADA etc
The Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly in conjunction with the Forestry Commission commemorated the 2023 Green Ghana Day on Friday 9th, June at the Asubone forest reserve on the theme “Our forests, Our Health”.
Officers of the Forestry Commission, staffs of AMADA, and some selected school children from the Asuosu basic school marked the day by planting 5000 seedlings of different species.
The DCE Hon. Alex Kwabena Incoom in his keynote address expressed his heartfelt gratitude to each and every one for joining in this noble cause. He said, Green Ghana Day is not a symbolic event, it is a call to action, a call for us to take responsibility for the preservation and restoration of our precious natural resources. our beautiful district, with its lush forests, sparkling rivers, and diverse flora and fauna is a treasure we must protect. However we cannot ignore the pressing challenges of deforestation, climate change and environmental degradation that threaten our ecosystems and livelihoods. It is up to us to reverse this course to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.
He encourage everyone to take the spirit of Green Ghana Day into their everyday lives. Conserve energy, reduce waste and champion environmental awareness in our communities. Together, we can create a more sustainable and resilient district.
He thanked everyone present for their dedication to this cause, and urged them to plant trees always with hope and determination for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful Ghana.
The Forestry Commissioner Director Mad. Linda Kokofu in her address emphasized on the role that trees play in our lives. She said as we have gathered to plant trees, we are taking a stand for the environment, for future generations, and for the countless species that depend on our forest for survival. Each tree planted is a symbol of hope, resilience, and a commitment to a sustainable future.
She concluded by encouraging all present to come together and build a greener Ghana, where the harmonious coexistence of humanity and nature is not just a dream but a reality.
The Regional Environmental Health monitoring team paid a working visit to the district on the 3rd and 4th of May, 2023.
This year May day celebration was held on Monday the 1st of May, 2023 at the Attafuah Senior High Technical School park Akim Oda on the theme “Protecting Incomes And Pensions In An Era Of Economic Crises; Our Responsibility”
The district marked the celebration with Health walk and various fun games.
The president of the workers union in his speech said, May Day is not just a day off from work but rather a day to recognize the invaluable contributions of workers from all walks of life, where our efforts play a crucial role in shaping our district and the economy. He said this year, as we gather under the theme, we are reminded of the challenges and triumphs that have marked our journey over the past years. The global pandemic has tested our resilience and highlighted the importance of essential workers who have shown unwavering dedication in the face of adversity.
He said workers should reflect on the significance of the Day, and remember that the fight for workers’ rights, fair wages, and safe working conditions is ongoing. It is our duty, as a society and as leaders, to advocate for the right and well-being of workers.
He thanked all workers and said their dedication and hard work are the foundation of their collective success, and we should continue to strive for more just, equitable, and prosperous future for all.
The Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly on Wednesday, 19th April, 2023 held the 1st Ordinary General Meeting of the 4th session of the 2nd Assembly at the Assembly’s Conference Hall to outline the activities and plans for the District.
The meeting commenced at 10:14am with an opening prayer by Hon. Maburuk Jaifa.
The Hon. Presiding Member(PM) welcomed members to the meeting and encouraged all Hon. Members to fully participate in the day’s agenda. The Hon. Presiding Member used the opportunity to introduce two motions submitted to him for the purpose of discussion and approval by the general house.
The Hon. Presiding Member led members through the reading, correction and adoption of minutes from previous meeting, and other formalities.
The District Chief Executive(DCE) in his address thanked God for a successful year and used the opportunity to express his gratitude to all Hon. Members, Nananom, and Heads of Departments for their unwavering cooperation and support given him in the discharge of his mandate.
In his closing remarks, the Hon. Presiding Member thanked all Hon. Members for their presence, contributions and active participation throughout the meeting. He urged them not to relax on their mandate especially in an election year such as this.
He thanked management for their cooperation during the meeting and wished everyone a safe trip back to their various towns.
Hon. Daniel K. Gyasi moved for the adjournment of the meeting and was seconded by Hon. Michael Acquaah. A prayer was offered by Hon. Bernard Acquaah and the meeting was adjourned at 5:45pm.
The District Child Protection Coordinators team visited the Atweaman Senior High School to engage students on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Child Protection issues, mental health, career guidance and adolescent health talk. Students engaged were from SHS One – SHS Three. The Department of Social Welfare and Community Development took them through some flash cards pertaining to child protection. The education representatives took them through career guidance and how to choose the right career path in life. The health representatives took them through mental health issues, especially how to overcome stress and depression and also on adolescent health.
A sexual and gender based violence club was introduced to the school populace and they were encouraged to register onto the club and partake in activities and programmes of the club.
Under this programme women are mobilized into groups and empowered to undertake various income generating and economically viable ventures such as palm oil processing, soap making and other activities that will enable them to earn some income to support themselves and their families. The groups are also linked to financial institutions available to enable them improve their businesses and enhance their profit margin. In addition, they are educated on government policies, environmental hygiene and sanitation, home management, child welfare and entrepreneurial skills among many others.
During the quarter under review, in collaboration with Business Advisory Centre (BAC) an agency that seeks to prepare persons and groups to be entrepreneurs, and to equip them by linking them to government or state owned initiated programmes and activities for the establishment of businesses to spearhead local and economic development, the Department monitored the activity of Biakoye Womens’ Group at Manso and they were taken through the following:
- 1. The need to formally register the group
- 2. The stages of group formation
- 3. Conflict resolution
- 4. Safety and neatness at the workplace (in order not to contaminate their produce and work space)
- 5. Ways and plans to convince the youth (especially their children and young ones in their families) to engage and support the group in the production and sale of their produce.
- 6. Functions of the department and BAC
- 7. Financial assistance and support in terms of Machinery and maintenance of their machines.
In addition to the above, the team then assessed their machines in order to advice the group on the way forward when it comes to procurement or maintenance of their machines.
The group has a total number of Twenty one (21) members but as at the time of visiting there were Sixteen (16) members available.
The team members didn’t promise them anything but prayed for them that they will do their possible best to support them in addressing these challenges and equally encouraged them to work on the points they were sensitized on. The team assured them they will be frequently paying visit to their workplace for further engagement.
The Team Members are made up BAC. Mr Francis, Head of SWCD Mr. William Smith, Assistant Community Development Officer Miss Sarah Ampofo.
The CHPS Compound Facility and Rural Women and Children Resource Center at Apeadem Community was commissioned and handed over to the Community, the District Health Directorate (Ghana Health Service) and the Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly for it’s operationalization on Wednesday the 1st of February, 2023.
The founder and senior operations officer at ChildLift Aid Foundation, Steward Osei Bawuah handed over the facility which will serve the communities population of about 500 people as well as 11 surrounding villages.
He said the facility which was fully funded by the Childlift Aid Foundation (CAF) a Christian child development non-profit organisation, is expected to bring quality healthcare closer to the people of Apeadem and surrounding communities who have to travel long distances to access healthcare.
Miss Nana Aso Boateng, Asene Manso Akroso Director of Health highlighted on the quality partnership between Childlift Aid Foundation and the District Health Directorate.
The management of CAF expresses her profoundest gratitude to the Health Directorate, AMADA for the remarkable contributions towards the completion and commissioning of the CHPS Compound Facility. And pleaded with the people of Apeadem to take very good care of the facility.
In attendance were the chief of Akim Akroso Traditional Area Nana Kwabena Ofori II, the District Health Director, BAC,
The Social Welfare and Community Development Department decided to be proactive in it’s drive towards CHILD PROTECTION in the district and in so doing engaged stakeholders in order to create District Child Protection Coordinators (Team), who in turn will engaged in the setting up of Sexual and Gender Based Violence Clubs in order to sensitize students and authorities in the various schools within the Asene Manso Akroso District. In addition the team will set up Community Child Protection Committee and sensitize community folks on the importance of child protection, ways to safeguard children and the channel for reporting should they encounter cases of abuse of children. Reports of this programme and engagement will support the District in making a calm for inclusion onto the ISS program.
In order to set up a formidable team the Department liaised with the District Education Service, the District Health Service and the Gender Desk Officer of the Asene Manso Akroso District Assembly.
The SWCD again trained stakeholders on the use of the CHILD PROTECTION TOOL KIT which will be used for engagements with students and community members during the CHILD PROTECTION ENGAGEMENT programmes. The team trained by the department was made up of D/SHEP(District/School Health Education Programme Coordinator) District Guidance And Counselling Coordinator, District Girl Child Coordinator, District Public Health Nurse, Gender Desk Officer.