Monthly Archives: April 2024

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ADVOCACY FOR PEACE

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Tears swelled up in the eyes of Nkwanta South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Felix Owusu-Gyimah as he went on his knees to beg chiefs in the area to give peace a chance.

The MCE who doubles as the Chairman of the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) emphasized the importance of maintaining peace in the area.

According to him, the recent surge of violence in the municipality is retarding the development, which has shattered the Nkwanta township in turmoil.

Touching on the SOCO project, which is aimed at promoting social cohesion and contributing to conflict prevention, he urged all stakeholders to come together and work towards a peaceful coexistence.
The MCE highlighted the negative impact that conflict and violence had brought on the development and progress of the area.

He stressed that without peace, the people of Nkwanta South would continue to suffer and will be unable to reach their full potential.
Mr. Owusu-Gyimah urged the chiefs and community leaders to set aside their differences and work towards a common goal of peace and prosperity.
He said it was important for reconciliation to move forward as a united municipality.

On their part, the Adele Traditional Council, Zongo community, Challa and the Ntrubo Councils pledged their commitment to ensuring lasting peace and stability in the area to promote development.
The chiefs urged MUSEC to collaborate with them as they continue to engage their people to drop their arms for dialogue in resolving the conflict towards building a peaceful society.

The MCE delegation presented drinks to the chiefs in appreciation for granting them audience.

Story by Emmanuel Sappor and Daniel Ahiatrogah

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MONETARY ASSISTANCE TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs)

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The Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly recently organized a mini durbar at the assembly’s forecourt to officially present monetary assistance to Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in the municipality. This event was aimed at empowering individuals and persons with disabilities by providing them with training and capital to kickstart their entrepreneurial journey.

In total, seventy-three (73) individuals, comprising twenty-seven (27) males and forty-six (46) females, received skills training in areas such as soap making, shower gel making, and detergent production. Additionally, they were equipped with capital to help them start and establish themselves in these ventures.
This initiative does not only provide practical skills but also financial support to enable PWDs to become self-reliant and economically independent.

During the mini durbar, The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Felix Owusu-Gyimah assured all attendees, including the executives of the PWDs, of the government’s readiness to support them.

He also emphasised the Assembly’s commitment to monitoring these businesses to ensure that the intended purpose of empowering and uplifting these individuals with disabilities is achieved. He reiterated that this proactive approach was aimed at fostering sustainable businesses and enhancing the livelihoods of PWDs in Nkwanta South Municipality.

He continued and reiterated that by investing in training and providing capital to PWDs, the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly is not only promoting economic empowerment but also fostering inclusivity and diversity within the local economy.

He pointed out that, this initiative highlights the importance of supporting and uplifting marginalized groups, ultimately contributing to a more equitable and prosperous municipality.

Story by MIS Team (Emmanuel Sappor & Daniel Ahiatrogah)

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USAID-GHANA PERFORMANCE ACCOUNTABILITY ACTIVITY LAUNCHED IN OTI REGION

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The United States Government through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a five-year Performance Accountability Activity (PAA) at Nkwanta on Friday, April 5th 2024. USAID is the donor while Democracy International is the implementor who have sub contracted Africa Disability Institute to carry out the project in Nkwanta South and Nkwanta North municipalities.
The USAID- Ghana PAA is a five-year initiative to support the Government of Ghana in delivering high-quality local public services and enhancing accountability to civil society. The activity supports local organisations, women and youth groups, and traditional and religious leaders to advocate for improved public service delivery.

The project is being implemented by Democracy International (DI) in collaboration with the Government of Ghana partners and local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) including Global Action for Women Empowerment (GLOWA) and the African Disability Institute (ADI).


The project will equip service providers to be more responsive to citizens’ demand for quality essentials services, particularly in basic education, health, water and sanitation, agriculture, and fisheries.
The PAA operates across 70 districts spanning 10 regions in the country with the aim to empower citizens to demand responsive services delivery. The PAA also aimed to strengthen government management of policy implementation for efficient service and ensure local public service providers adhere to quality standards.

The Municipal Coordinating Director, Frederick Akitty, assured that the Assembly would support the implementation of the activity to transform the lives of the people and improve their living conditions.

Compiled by MIS Team: Emmanuel Sappor & Daniel Ahiatrogah