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EOCO BOSS PAYS COURTESY CALL TO NKWANTA

The Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) COP Maame Tiwa Addo-Danquah and her entourage on Wednesday, 24th August, 2022 paid a courtesy call to the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly. The visit was among other things to strengthen the collaboration between her outfit and the Security Agencies especially the Ghana Police Service to ensure that they protected the public purse.

She also inspected the office accommodation provided to her outfit by the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly and expressed appreciation for the gesture. She noted that there was the need to provide an official vehicle and post additional staff to the Region. According to her, her outfit was in the process of supplying some logistics and Oti Region was highly under consideration.

The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Bright K. Lenwah in his welcome remarks indicated that the Municipality was endowed with a lot of tourist attractions such as the Breast Mountain and waterfalls which is located at the Kyabobo National Park, and the hanging village of Shiare..

He entreated them to visit the Municipality at their leisure time to enjoy the beautiful sceneries the Municipality is endowed with. He further indicated that the Municipality is purely an agricultural where a lot of yams, cassava, plantain to mention but a few are cultivated.

He concluded by indicating that the Assembly has plans of renovating some official buildings of which the structure currently housing EOCO in the Municipality is under consideration for such renovation works next year.

Story by: Albert Kwabena Osei

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SOD CUTTING FOR RENOVATION OF ISOLATION CENTRE

The Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly led by the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon John Thasun has on Friday, 8th May 2020 cut sod for the renovation of the female surgical ward of the Municipal Hospital to be used as COVID-19 holding centre.

According to him, the renovation which is scheduled to be completed within two weeks is worth Thirteen Thousand Five Hundred and Sixty Ghana Cedis.

The works to be done also includes the rehabilitation of a structure closer to the isolation centre to be used by COVID-19 victims as separate washrooms.

Speaking to the media, the Estate Officer for the facility, Mr. Patrick Senedzi explained that, major works needed to be done on the washrooms as such will be completed in four (4) weeks’ time.

The Nurse Manager of the facility, Felicia Atitsogbe expressed gratitude to the Assembly for the nice gesture. On behalf of the Hospital Management, she promised to take good care of the facility when completed and also ensure that it is put into proper use.

Story by: Albert Kwabena Osei

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MARKETS BANNED IN NKWANTA SOUTH MUNICIPALITY

The Nkwanta South Municipal Public Health Emergency Committee at an emergency meeting held on Saturday, 25th April, 2020 suspended all markets within its jurisdiction indefinitely. However, all markets will be opened to the general public on ordinary days.

In a letter signed by the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Osman Musah indicated that, all traders and persons who shall patronize the markets in the ordinary days shall be expected to comply with the social distancing protocols, wearing of face masks and other relevant protocols.

He further reiterated the directive to transport operators to minimize the number of passengers on board a vehicle as a measure to combating the virus.

He concluded by sending a caution to the general public to strictly comply with the directives as security agencies shall ensure strict enforcement for the safety of all. Any person(s) who violate(s) these directives shall be liable for prosecution in line with the Restrictions Act, 2020, Act 1020.

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NATIONAL INTERCESSORY PRAYER; NKWANTA SOUTH OBSERVES DAY

Staff of the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly under the leadership of the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. John Thasun observed the National Day of fasting and prayers.

The prayer session was observed based on the declaration of Wednesday 25th March, 2020 by the President as a National Day of fasting and prayers.

The session was led by a Pastor of the Sabon Branch of the Church of Pentecost, Rev. Gordon Bodi. Staff of the Assembly seized the opportunity to pray to God to intervene in the spread of the coronavirus in the country and also protect the Municipality from recording any case.

Those who tested positive of the COVID-19 were also committed into the hands of the Lord to grant them healing.

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NKWANTA SOUTH MP JOINS COVID-19 CAMPAIGN

The Member of Parliament for the Nkwanta South Constituency, Hon. Geoffrey Kini has joined the campaign against the spread of the coronavirus disease by procuring fifty (50) pieces of veronica buckets and their stands for distribution in the Nkwanta township.

The veronica buckets are to be placed at vantage points of the town to enhance regular hand washing by inhabitants.

The gesture follows the spread of the disease as Ghana recorded 24 confirmed cases as at 22nd March, 2020. He implored residents to adhere to the safety protocols directed by the President to stay safe in the wake of the deadly virus.

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PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY COMMITTEE (PHEC) HOLDS MAIDEN MEETING

The Public Health Emergency Committee (PHEC) of the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly on Friday 20th March, 2020 held its maiden meeting to strategize against the spread of COVID-19 in the Municipality.

The Municipal Coordinating Director reiterated that the meeting was in consonance with the directive of the President of the Republic to outline measures towards the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease.

In view of that, the Municipal Planning Officer, Isaac Adjeapon briefed the committee on the Assembly’s preparedness against the virus. According to him, the Assembly has embarked on radio sensitization, sensitization of traders at the Nkwanta market as well as provision of hand washing facilities at public places.

The Municipal Commander of Immigration, Philip Gyekye also briefed the committee on some measure his outfit has put in place at the two approved entry points of the Municipality. He noted that, they have provided hand washing equipment at the border posts for both emigrants and immigrants as a precautionary measure.

The Municipal Director of Health Services, Mr. Evans Attivor acknowledged the preparedness of the health facilities within the Municipality to manage the virus should there be any. According to him, they have earmarked isolation centers at the two hospitals. He however noted that they were faced with some challenges such as unavailability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), inadequate infrared thermometers among others.

The PHEC formed sub-committees for Planning and resource mobilization, Communication, Security, and Water and Sanitation. Members of the various committees were tasked to work and produce reports for discussion on Tuesday, 24th March, 2020.

Story by: Albert Kwabena Osei

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COMBATING COVID-19; HOSPITALS ENSURE MEASURES

As part of measures to contain and prevent the spread of the CORONA VIRUS outbreak, two hospitals in the Nkwanta South Municipality have made available two isolated units with 16 bed capacity as a preparative measure towards the handling of any suspected case in the Municipality.

The two Hospitals namely St. Joseph and Municipal Hospitals have joined the campaign in response to the directive by the Public Health Emergency Committee (PHEC) to monitor the implementation of the directives within their area of jurisdiction so as to prevent the spread of the virus. Nkwanta South is a highly populated Municipality that shares boundary with neighboring Togo which had a confirmed case of the CORONAVIRUS.

Indicating their readiness, the Medical Superintendent at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dr. Kwame Amoah and some Nurses at the facility gave the assurance that they are prepared to quarantine any suspected case and will also observe all relevant protocols. He however, advised that patients with related signs and symptoms should visit the facility on time for early treatment.

The Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Osman Musah showed satisfaction for the measures put in place by the health facilities to tackle any suspected case. He also assured that the Assembly was going to provide the necessary logistics to the facilities to combat the infection and spread of the virus.

Speaking to the media, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer, Ms. Cynthia Sekyere advised residents to keep their surroundings clean in order to prevent an outbreak of cholera or any other health related case that worsen the situation of the corona virus. The Municipal Education Director, Mr. Jonathan Korsinah advised students staying home to take advantage of the Joy learning channel to better their study while at home.

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PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY COMMITTEE (PHEC) INAUGURATED

In response to the CORONAVIRUS outbreak (COVID-19), His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced a number of measures to contain and prevent the spread of the virus.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development was tasked by the President to liaise with relevant authorities to improve hygiene standards in markets and other public places.

The Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly has therefore inaugurated its PHEC on Tuesday 18th March, 2020 to operationalize and monitor implementation of the directives within their area of jurisdiction to prevent the spread of the virus.

The committee is therefore made up of Municipal Chief Executive as the Chairperson, Members of the Municipal Security committee, Directors of Health and Education Services, Municipal Information Officer and the Municipal NADMO Coordinator.

Others include Community Water and Sanitation Agency, National Ambulance Service and the Municipal Coordinating Director who is the secretary to the committee.

The committee in a bid to delivering on their task has formed a communication team to aid in information dissemination. As a result of that, the Municipal Assembly has procured a phone to localize the emergency reporting system in the Municipality with the contact numbers as 0593067373 or 0204660726.

Other mechanisms such as procurement of gun thermometers and personal protective equipment are to be procured for the security agencies, Health team and Ambulance Service. In the wake of Ghana already recording 7 cases, the committee advised that there should be deployment of the available gun thermometers and Health team to the two approved entry points on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Sensitization of artisan groups is to be done collaboratively by the Municipal Health Directorate and the Environmental Health Division of the Assembly. Chiefs of the four main tribes were tasked to use air time allocated for their various programmes to educate their indigenes.

Meanwhile, World Vision International-Ghana has procured 7 hand washing equipment for mounting at vantage locations within the Nkwanta township to aid in regular hand washing.

Story by: Albert Kwabena Osei

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PM AWARDS BRILLIANT STUDENTS

The Hon. Presiding Member for the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly, Hon. Robert Avedzidah on the 6th of March, 2020 donated a set of scientific calculators to best BECE candidates in his Electoral Area. The Hon. PM who doubles as the Assembly Member for the Nkwanta West Electoral Area as a way of motivation for pupils to learn harder have awarded the best candidates of the 2019 BECE from various schools located in his Electoral area. A total of fourteen pupils who have gained admissions into various second cycle institutions were presented with scientific calculators.

However, Mr. Benjamin Acheampong and Ms. Priscilla Mensah Amoah who emerged as the overall best male and female candidates of 2019 BECE were each presented with an English textbook and a scientific calculator.

The names of the awardees include; Benjamin Acheampong and Priscilla Mensah Amoah of Adom Model School, Donkor Alice and Ibrahim Sawudatu of Kyabobo Girls Basic School, and Bomi Jennifer and Mapoldor B. Godson of Redeem JHS.

Others include Gomado Gabriel and Gmafu Elizabeth of Nkwanta JHS “A”, Balley Mirabel and Blikuni Desmond of Krontang Sabong JHS, Bediako Bright and Bonsi Benedicta of E.P JHS “A” as well as Amevor Desmond and Abdulai Nasiatu  of Nkwasec JHS.

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NKWANTA SOUTH ELECTS NEW PRESIDING MEMBER

The Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly at an emergency General Assembly meeting held on 7th February 2020, witnessed the election of Hon. Robert Avedzidah as the Presiding Member for the Assembly. The election which was fiercely contested by three other aspirants; Hon. Richard Nayo, Hon. David Yatimah and Hon. Philip Anebo could not achieve a winner after none of the aspirants gunned the required two-thirds majority votes of the total Assembly in the first round.

The mode of balloting which was by secret voting saw Hon. David Yatimah polling 5 votes whiles Hon. Philip Anebo polled 7 votes at the end of the first round. The contest was fierce between Hon. Robert Avedzidah and Hon. Richard Nayo who polled 16 votes respectively.

However, none of the above aspirants obtained the required two-thirds majority as such there was the need to go for a second-round voting.  The contest however was left between the two candidates who gunned 16 votes respectively. The house was therefore adjourned temporarily to enable the aspirants do consultations towards the second round.

However, Hon. Richard Nayo withdrew his candidature to contest for the position of a Presiding Member after the house reconvened for the second round making Hon. Robert Avedzidah unopposed. He was therefore to be declared by popular acclamation as such the ballot was done by “Yes” or “No” vote. At the end of the ballot, he polled 43 votes out of a total Assembly of 45 representing 95.5%.

The District Magistrate for Nkwanta South, His Worship Baba Iddi Issahaku swore the Presiding Member elect into office. The Hon. Presiding Member, Robert Avedzidah delivered his acceptance speech where he craved the indulgence of all Assembly Members to be collaborative to ensure a successful tenure.

Story by: Albert Kwabena Osei