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SECOND JAB OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE, LADMA

     The second Jab of the Covid-19 Vaccine commenced at the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly LaDMA over the last weekend, people around the municipality approached the assembly for the second jab of the Covid-19 Vaccine.  They were all masked up uttering their readiness for the vaccination. The health officials advised the participants to eat well enough to avoid any complications after the second jab.

Health Official, Christiana Otoo (supervisor, La North) stated that the exercise had moved on well despite a few challenges they faced on the first day but the subsequent days had them moving well with the system. So far so good as compared to the first, jab.

     According to the supervisor, the first jab recorded about 16,000 people with same number expected for the second jab. She said the impact of the second jab was mild, as most of them had not made any complaints yet because the antigens had already formed after the first jab of the vaccination. 

Speaking with Evangelina Adjei (Public health nurse), she stated, “we first ask whether the person has eaten because we don’t want to inject the vaccine on an empty stomach.”

She further stated that most complaints they had during the first jab were; headaches, fever and dizziness. She therefore advised the public to consume more fruits and vegetables to boost their immune system.

     Speaking with Mrs Naomi Adjeley after her second jab she stated that she had experienced few body pains and fever after the first jab and was yet to witness the effects of the second jab.Mrs Ofori expressed that she had no effect after both jabs of the vaccine and that it is safe for all.

Mr Aboya also narrated his experience stating that after the first vaccine he experienced slight pains in his arms, dizziness and recovered after a few days. He urged the public to take part in the exercise because there are no severe side effects of the jab as circulated by some Ghanaians

RTI ACT SENSITIZATION PROGRAM HELD AT LaDMA

As part of efforts to equip some key staff members of the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly to have first-hand knowledge on the Right to Information Act (Act 989) and the process involved to have access to information. Some resource officials from the RTI Division of the Ministry of Information had a sensitization program to educate staff on the implementation of the RTI Act (Act 989) on Wednesday, 26th May 2021.

Some key areas the officials touched on include;

  • know your Right to Access Information from a public institution
  • Know Who to Contact within an Organization for information
  • Know the Time Limits to source for information
  • Know What  to do if You Do Not Have Access to relevant information you want
  • The importance of RTI
  • Structure of the RTI
  • The role of public institution in the implementation of RTI

The Right to Information Act is an Act to provide for the implementation of the constitutional right to information held by a public institution, subject to the exemptions that are necessary and consistent with the protection of the public interest in a democratic society, to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in Public affairs and provide for related matters.

The act was proposed by a private entity in 1999 till 2019 when it was assessed and became effective in 2020.

LaDMA EMBARKS ON DEMOLISHING EXERCISE AT EAST LA ENCLAVE

          The La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) has embarked on massive demolishing exercise at East La (Tse Addo). The exercise became possible after series of notices and publicity to the affected people to vacate the areas earmarked for the demolishing. The exercise that started at East La roundabout on Tuesday, 18 May 2021 will continue until all illegal structures at unauthorized areas within the La Municipality are cleared.

Speaking to some of the affected traders at the Zenith University College enclave, madam Regina said that they received the notice about three months ago and they thought it was just the normal warning they received from the assembly. According to her, the exercise came at the time they were recovering from the COVID-19 setback.

        The information services department upon reaching one of the victims Gifty a food vendor, who was affected by the exercise stated that they had been given notices three months prior to the demolition exercise but they had gone to see the assembly hierarchy to plead with them, but all seemed to have fallen on deafened ears. She went on to say she does not know where to go now if she moves.

Also, Okpoti Tetteh the husband of an affected victim stated that notices were given to them and that was a good initiative, however, their sources of income has been taken from them. He further explained that should the area be given to others if they are vacated from the area, they would not be pleased with the assembly.

          Finally, another victim of the exercise stated that for years now the assembly has always given notices for eviction but nothing had happened so they assumed it was one of their usual notices till the demolishing commenced.

The assembly assured the residents of the La enclave of a continuous and effective effort to make the community a clean and admirable one. The assembly went on to advise the residents with intentions of starting businesses to make sure they get their permits and renew them when the need be.

LaDMA Holds Town Hall Meeting

Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey

As part of its social responsibilities, The La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly, (LaDMA) on Wednesday March 31, 2021 held its first town hall meeting for the year at the La Presbyterian Church of Ghana (Epiphany Congregation, Kaajaano). The meeting was to take stock of the activities and projects undertaken by the assembly for the year 2020.

The focus of the assembly is to improve the general sanitation, educational facilities for quality education, and the general security in the municipality, create jobs for the people especially for the youth and women, improve revenue mobilization and customer service standards as well as promote participatory preparation of medium- term development plan for 2022 to 2025.

General public

In his address, the MCE for LaDMA Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey said funds were available for the execution of major projects and activities that were undertaken by the assembly during the period. He told members of the assembly and stakeholders that, only four out of 100 projects were not accomplished due to the COVID-19 pandemic and revenue mobilization issues.

The projects includes the one tree per child, my first day at school, science technology mathematics innovation and engineering and other education and sensitization programmes, but said the projects would be rolled out for the year.

 

Municipal Planning Officer

According to the MCE, indiscriminate disposal of waste, non-payment of property rates, business operating permits, allocation of building permits and building at unauthorized areas were major challenges militating against the programs and activities of the assembly and called on stakeholders to honour their responsibilities to move the assembly forward.

POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS 2021

On Friday 19th March, the Vice President of the republic of Ghana, his Excellency, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia launched a publicity and preparation campaign dubbed “100 Days Countdown to the 2021 Population and Housing Census” in Accra to prepare the citizenry for this most important national programme of gathering data on the population and housing situation in Ghana.

The Legal Authority for conducting this Population and Housing Census is the Statistical Service Act 2019 (Act 1003). This Law empowers The Legal Authority for conducting this Population and Housing Census is the Statistical Service Act 2019 (Act 1003). This Law empowers the Government Statistician to conduct statistical surveys and any census in Ghana. Government Statistician to conduct statistical surveys and any census in Ghana.

Among other innovations, the 2021 Population and Housing Census, which begins on the night of Sunday 27th June, will be the first fully digital census, with the use of tablets for data capture instead of traditional paper questionnaires. According to officials of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), going green will save the country from the printing of over seven million household questionnaires.

The PHC of 2021 will also see the implementation, for the first time, data linkage technology that is intended to harmonize and improve statistics in the West Africa subregion.

ASSEMBLY MEMBERS URGED PRESIDENT TO RE-APPOINT SOLOMON NIKOI KOTEY

General Assembly

The assembly members for the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly LaDMA called on the president to re-appoint Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey as the MCE for the municipality. The endorsement of the MCE by the assembly members was because of his performance and contributions he made to the development of the municipality.

The assembly members made the appeal on Wednesday March 17, 2021 at the 4th Ordinary General Meeting of the La Dade- Kotopon Municipal Assembly. The Meeting came off at the assembly hall and presided by Hon. Emmanuel Nyarko Baah, the presiding member and assembly member for Kaajaano electoral area.

CHARTERED BANKER EMERGES LaDMA BEST FARMER

A 41- year old Chartered Banker, Mr. Godwin Odoi from La adjudged the overall best farmer for Dade-Kotopon Municipality in the Greater Accra Region. He was presented with a double door refrigerator, one water tank, two Knap sack sprayers, three pair of wellington boots, five cutlasses, one full piece of cloth, and a certificate at the municipal edition of the 36th National Farmers’ celebration, which took place at the forecourt of the Ghana International Trade Fair Center, La.

Mr. Godwin Odoi, who has been rearing broilers, cockerels, layers, and turkey for the past five years, is also the chief executive officer of Royal Vogo Waste Management Company. He also gives back to society by engaging the youth and supporting other family relations. Mr Godwin described the honor done him as very unbelievable and urged the youth to take agriculture as a very serious business.He thanked the government for continuous support for farmers and appealed to the traditional authorities to make land available for larger scale farming in the municipality.

The celebration also saw nine others honored for their role in projecting and promoting farming and other agriculture programmes in the municipality.The other winners also took home chest freezers; knap snack sprayers, a pair of Wellington boots, half piece of clothes and certificates.

Addressing the gathering, the Municipal Chief Executive for La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly, Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey congratulated all the winners for their role in the development of agribusiness in the municipality.

The MCE bemoaned land scarcity that is militating against farmers in the municipality. Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey called for innovative ways of doing agribusiness in the municipality. He assured the farmers of the assembly’s commitment to the development of the agribusiness sector of the local economy and will do whatever is required to ensure its success to address the issues of unemployment in the area.

He said the assembly will ensure that the municipality benefits from every government support programmes for agriculture development in the country.

LaDMA ACCOUNTS TO THE CITIZENRY

Scene of the participant at the Town Hall Meeting at Mega House Chapel, Olympia La

The La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) held its town hall meeting on the Overview of 2020 Major Policies and Programmes at the Light House Church (Olympia) auditorium La. The town hall meeting was held on Wednesday,  September 30, 2020 at La in the Greater Accra Region as decentralized means of giving the members and leaders of the various communities the opportunity to get together to discuss the progress and emerging issues of  the assembly

Mrs Audrey Smock Amoah (MPO)

Objectives

The main objective of the town hall meeting is to examine its impact on the people in the Municipality. In order to achieve this broad mission, the town hall seeks to identify the level of citizen understanding on government programs in the Municipal Assembly: 

  •  To ensure that the assembly’s major policies and programmes for the year 2020 is extensively understood by the citizenry in the municipality through such gatherings.
  • To update the citizenry on the planning and budgeting process for the development of LaDMA for the year 2021
  • To bring governance closer to the citizenry by keeping them informed of the opportunities to get together to discuss the progress and emerging issues of  the assembly  so that they may participate and thus gain full benefits from such programmes…
  • Strengthen effective and healthy working relationship with key stakeholders to ensure prudent implementation of government policies and programmes at both the central and district level.

Participation

Participation were drawn from the ten (10) electoral areas in La in the Greater Accra Region. The representatives from the La Traditional Area, Assembly Members and Unit Committee Members, Heads of Departments and Unit Heads, the Muslim Leadership, churches, Media, and other stakeholders in the municipality were the selected participants of the town hall meeting.Also in attendance was the “Shikiteele” of the La Traditional Authority, Nii Adjei Koofeh IV (Chairman of the occasion), the Municipal Coordinating Director of LaDMA, Mr Daniel Nkrumah.

Hon Solomon Kotey Nikoi, addressing the participant of the town hall meeting

Address

Addressing the participants, the Municipal Chief Executive said the municipality has seen some appreciable developments in terms of education, health, sanitation, and roads to ensure accountability. “We will continue to ensure that the relevant partners meet and discuss issues needing immediate attention to promote participatory governance and also guided by the core values in a bid to position ourselves to better respond to citizen needs and drives to withstand their trust and sureness” he said.

The MCE urged the citizens to discharge their civic responsibilities by paying all levies and taxes due the assembly to enable the assembly bring more developments unto their doorsteps. He emphasized on the need to eschew narrow-minded politics in the role of development. He indicated that the significance of the gathering is to ensure that the La Municipality and the citizenry, that the New Patriotic Party (NPP), will not relent on its campaign promises and are on course to deliver.

Hon Solomon Kotey Nikoi further enumerated that, there are a number of policies in place to ensure that all sectors of the economy work in a more industrious way. The MCE bemoaned non- payment of bills to the assembly and indiscriminate disposal of waste in the municipality by unpatriotic citizens.

The municipal planning officer said GH₵4.9 million out of GH₵ 8 million target has been collected and the short fall was because of COVID-19.

PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO CUTS SOD FOR €68 MILLION LA GENERAL HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT​

PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO CUTS SOD FOR €68 MILLION LA GENERAL HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cut the sod for commencement of construction of the La General Hospital Redevelopment Project.

At the sod cutting ceremony on Tuesday, 11th August 2020, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the redevelopment project has been occasioned by a report from the Ghana Health Service, which indicated that the five-storey structure of the Hospital had developed gaping cracks, which made the facility unfit for use.

Furthermore, the unplanned nature of the entire hospital campus required that it be re-organised so that it can function efficiently as a 21st century hospital, which will serve the needs of residents of La and its adjoining communities.

With Government’s policy of achieving Universal Health Coverage for all, which demands that access to decent healthcare is guaranteed for every Ghanaian, no matter where they live, the President explained that this is the reason why Government had to source quickly the requisite funding to embark on the redevelopment of the Hospital, in view of its strategic location in our nation’s healthcare delivery system. 

“This facility, in so many ways, complements the Greater Accra Regional Hospital at Ridge, and its upgrading will serve most people from Osu through La and Teshie, as well as residents living along the coastal corridor of Accra,” he said.President Akufo-Addo continued, “Indeed, with admissions to this Hospital, arising from maternal health and other related complications, increasing from 20.5% in 2008, to 30% in 2017, and with pregnancy and related conditions, for the first time in the history of the life of this Hospital, being the number one cause of admission, require that we improve rapidly the facilities of this hospital”.

This redevelopment project is being financed by a credit facility from Standard Chartered Bank of the United Kingdom, with an export credit guarantee from Sinosure of the People’s Republic of China, to the tune of sixty eight million euros (€68 million), with an insurance cover of three million, eight hundred and sixty thousand euros (€3,860,349.18).The project will be undertaken by the Chinese company, Poly Changda, which has wide-ranging experience in China and other parts of Africa in the construction of healthcare facilities.

Upon completion, it will be transformed into a one hundred and sixty (160) bed facility, and it will be fitted with an outpatient department; inpatient wards; maternity and neonatal services; surgical unit with four (4) theatres; accident and emergency department; public health department; pharmacy unit; laboratory; administration; imaging area, with CT Scan, X-ray room, ultrasound, flouroscopy, mammography units; physiotherapy unit; and a mortuary

Whilst the construction of new infrastructure is ongoing, President Akufo-Addo assured that the Ministry of Health is also putting in place measures, such as retraining of existing staff and support to the various Colleges of Health Education, to guarantee the presence of the necessary human resources to man the facilities that will be constructed.“Upon my assumption of office in 2017, we started recruiting doctors, nurses, pharmacist, allied health professionals and other support staff, who were unemployed after completing their mandatory housemanship rotation or internship,” he said.The President added that Government, each year, has been providing financial clearance for those who were eligible to do their housemanship rotation and internship.

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Whilst the construction of new infrastructure is ongoing, President Akufo-Addo assured that the Ministry of Health is also putting in place measures, such as retraining of existing staff and support to the various Colleges of Health Education, to guarantee the presence of the necessary human resources to man the facilities that will be constructed.

“Upon my assumption of office in 2017, we started recruiting doctors, nurses, pharmacist, allied health professionals and other support staff, who were unemployed after completing their mandatory housemanship rotation or internship,” he said.The President added that Government, each year, has been providing financial clearance for those who were eligible to do their housemanship rotation and internship.

GH¢1.4 MILLION BUDGETED FOR REHABILITATION OF LADMA SCHOOLS

La Dade kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) in the Greater Accra region has budgeted GH¢1,394,424,74 for the rehabilitation and facelift of some dilapidated school structures in the municipality. The beneficiary schools include La Estate Two Primary and Kindergarten, Maale Dada Basic School, and Chiringa Complex KG.

Mr. Solomon Kotey-Nikoi, the Municipal Chief Executive of LaDMA, disclosed this when he led chiefs and staff of the Assembly to the affected scolds and handed over documents to contractors to begin the project.

He explained that most of the affected schools had their roofs ripped off and ended up in a dilapidated condition due to bad weather and poor maintenance. He lamented that the situation had adverse effect on teaching and learning in schools within the municipality.In breakdown, he said that out of the total amount, GHC 580,000 on South LA Estate 2 Primary and KG and GHC349.023.05 on Chiringa Complex KG.

Mr Kotey-Nokoi indicated that the government attached much importance to education as the key element for the nation’s development, adding that it was the reason for the government’s continuous commitment of more resources to the education sector.

In breakdown, he said that out of the total amount, GHC 580,000 on South LA Estate 2 Primary and KG and GHC349.023.05 on Chiringa Complex KG.

He claimed, “The best legacy any leader can leave to its future leaders is education, since is the hemp of development, contractors are awarded with the contract to complete rehabilitation work on the affected school buildings within three months and my officials will devise a mechanism for monitoring and keeping a check on ongoing repair works which should be up to standards”.Mr Fiifi Boison, Managing Director of Maksams Company Limited, who spoke on behalf of the contractors, expressed appreciation to the Assembly for the trust they had reposed in them and assured of working hard and effectively to beat the dead line.