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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.

Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey Advise Residents Of La On The Covid 19.

The Municipal Chief
Executive for La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly, Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey has
urged the people of La to adhere to the compliance with the protective measures
of the COVID 19 pandemic.

The MCE explained
that, the COVID 19 would not spread if everybody lives by the measures given by
the health directorate. He said this at Latenu Radio on Wednesday 18th
March 2020 after a brief visit to the station to send the message and measures
to fight the COVID 19 pandemic in the country.

The MCE acknowledged the importance of the
citizenry to Ghana. He indicated that the government has taken steps in the
interest of public safety to reduce the spread through ban on social gathering
and airline travel. He called on Ghanaians to report quickly to hospital when
they see any symptoms of the COVID 19.

LaDMA Marks GHANA’S 63rd Independence Anniversary Celebration

 Over 1,400 pupils from 1st and 2nd cycle institutions drawn within the La Dade-Kotopon Municipality (LaDMA) participated in the Ghana’s 63rd Independence Anniversary Celebration with a parade at the forecourt of the Ghana International Trade Fair Security Car Park in La, Accra.

Cultural groups from Vision Seed Academy, Justice Nii Armah Ollennu Memorial School and Cadet bands from Services School, Aquinas SHS, Labone SHS, Bethel Hill School Band and SDA School Band thrilled the crowd with displayed. The students marched past the dais to the admiration of the dignitaries.

Making his remarks on the theme for the occasion, “Consolidating Our Gains” the MCE, Rev Solomon Nikoi Kotey said in other to achieve the ultimate theme, leaders must not attempt to sacrifice national unity for individual or little parochial interest. The MCE said such altitude would only cost the nation a big setback and posterity would not forgive this generation.

The MCE said as a nation, there was the need to bury individual differences and work together to reduce extreme poverty and achieve meaningful development.

On his part, the Municipal Director for Education paid a tribute to the founding fathers and the gallant men and women who fought for Ghana’s independence. He said, the future of the nation belongs to the youth and that called for them to be forefront of the Independence Day celebration.

He said building a better nation required discipline, hard work, and consistency to play important role for nation development. According to him, the interventions launched for the development of teacher education will ensure the professionalism of teachers and enhance their delivery in the education section. He said the programme will not only guarantee transfer of knowledge and skills to learners but will also ensure that the schools becomes centers of excellence.

The municipal education director called on parents, NGO’s, teachers unions, the private sector and learners to support the government’s vision of providing quality education. According to him the free SHS policy has allowed a lot of people who would have been left out at home to be in school and that is going to impact positively to the future of the country.

He said LaDMEO is a beneficiary of TVET Ultra-modern school complex and it is going to facilitate the acquisition of employable skills for the youth in the municipality. He appealed to the youth especially the girls to venture into TVET, as it is the future of Ghana.

Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey Call For Effective And Efficiency Administration To Expedite Revenue Achievement

Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey addressing staffs of LaDMA

Staff of La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) have been urged to work for the national development as the work of public servants and the elected officials are social contract. The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Nikoi Kotey made the call when he addressed the first quarter staff durbar at the forecourt of the assembly.

Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey(middle) second from right is Mr. Daniel Nkrumah

According to him, the durbar was not called to fulfil the requirement of performance but for the running of good administration. He said in other to influence people’s lives in the municipality, the assembly needs to move at a positive direction to achieve that goal. He said the assembly must continue to make efforts to rake in all unpaid revenue to develop the communities.

Hon. Nikoi called for the transformation of attitude towards work. He said the assembly would adopt a new strategy to improve revenue generation, as revenue is the vehicle for development. He also urged the environmental department to ensure that the assembly’s premises is free of filth.

A section of staff during the durbar

The MCE announced that, management has planned to institute the best staff award for the year. On his part, the coordinating director Mr. Daniel Nkrumah, said the service enjoined the assembly to meet quarterly to access the performance of and interact with staff and get more information about what is happening in the office.

La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly Inaugurates 2020 Municipal Census Implementation Committee.

A nine member Municipal Census Implementation Committee for the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) was inaugurated on Thursday 20th February 2020 at the municipal assembly hall, La.

The committee has the municipal coordinating director (MCD), Mr. Daniel Nkrumah as the chairperson. Other members are the traditional council representative, the municipal health director, the municipal information officer, the municipal director for National Commission of Civic Education, the municipal planning officer, the municipal education director, the municipal statistics officer and the municipal census officer Mr. Nathaniel Addo as the secretary to the committee.

The Presiding Member for the assembly, Hon Emmanuel Baah, who inaugurated the committee, tasked them to ensure a successful implementation of the exercise. The mandate of the committee is to help supervise all the activities during the Pre-census stage, main census stage and post census stage.

Mr. Daniel Nkrumah who on behalf of the MCE, Hon. Solomon Nikoi Kotey addressed the committee and the assembly members underscored the importance of the 2020 Population and Housing Census. According to him, the PHC will provide a platform for an interactive dialogue between Users and Providers of official statistics in the development planning and monitoring of policies and programmes. He put emphasis on that; the outcome of the census will improve policy-making in the municipality as the importance of census data in development planning and implementation is key.

The MCE bemoans the assembly’s inability to rake in the needed revenue from the ratepayers because the assembly does not have a reliable data on the properties in the municipality and has affected it internally generated fund (IGF), thereby depriving the assembly from meeting, the developmental needs of the people.

He said as part of the efforts in mitigating the challenge, the assembly is collaborating with GIZ to revalue all properties in the municipality and at the same time building a comprehensive database to support revenue mobilization. The MCE described the 2020 PHC as a huge opportunity for the assembly to plan. According to Mr. Nikoi Kotey, the population and housing census was an indispensable tool for effective governance. Additionally, he said that the United Nations recommends that member states undertook a census every decade. The MCE urged the committee members to work harder to ensure good result since bad census would no doubt result in a wrong allocation of resources in the municipality.

LaDMA Meets Stakeholders To Address Sanitation Issues

The La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly in its bit to solve sanitation issues in the municipality held a meeting with it stakeholders on Tuesday 20th February 2020 at the assembly’s conference hall, La.

The meeting which was chaired by the MCD, Mr. Daniel Nkrumah  had in attendance the municipal environmental director, the municipal planning director, the municipal director for NCCE, the municipal budget officer , the municipal information officer, assembly and unit committee members, and reps from sanitation agencies namely Zoom lion, Asadu Royal, Rapid Waste and others.

Four major areas were identified as a challenge  the municipality faces in relation to sanitation, namely primary household sanitation, street sanitation, transfer station of waste, and the disposal site of the waste.

The engagement of the stakeholder was to come out with some of the issues they face in their line of duty and come out with solutions to help solve the sanitation issues in the municipality.

The stakeholders charged the assembly to enforce the byelaws regarding to sanitation to deter the people from dumping waste at unauthorized places in the municipality.

Mr. Daniel Nkrumah the MCD assured the stakeholders that the assembly would come out with a proper waste management plant to address the sanitation issues in the municipality. He said, the assembly would get rid of hawkers on the Liberation road to keep the area clean.

MCE’S VISIT TO UNIVERSAL MERCHANT BANK AND MARRIOT HOTEL

MCE’s VISIT TO UMB HEADQUARTERS

The Municipal Chief Executive of the La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly (LADMA), Hon. Solomon Kotey, has initiated visitation to the various stakeholders and organizations within the municipality. The visitation is to engage the stakeholders to strategize how both parties can work together for mutual benefits.

The MCE kicked off the program with a visit to the Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) at their headquarters at the Airport City. UMB represented by facility manager Mr Tarique Sam Abakah and Mr Francis Kwesi Yeboah the Project and Programs expressed delight by the visit. Describing the visit as historic, Mr Abakah expressed the company’s desire and interest to collaborate with the assembly.

Introducing the MCE, Nii Maale Adsei, Corporate Relations Officer, LaDMA emphasized on the importance of the visit to meet all stakeholders.

“It is our desire to use this visit to introduce the MCE to our various stakeholders to enable them put a face to the name and to seek a symbolic relationship with all” .In his submission, Hon Solomon Kotey, emphasized the importance of his visit which he described as an opportunity to forge a healthy relationship between the assembly and all institutions of their Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) to the communities they operate in. “Let us establish a good relationship and see which areas we us an assembly could help your business whilst you also recognize your social responsibilities to the community”.

MCE’s VISIT TO MARRIOT HOTEL

The MCE followed up with a visit to the Marriott International Hotel also in the Airport City Enclave where he was received to a warm reception by Mr Nino Constantinou the General Manager, Madam Grace Acheampong, Director of Human Resource and Mr Albert Hodanu, Director of Loss Prevention.

After initial pleasantries, Hon. Solomon Kotey emphasized on the Tenant/Landlord relationship existing between the Assembly and companies or institutions operating in the municipality. “My visit is to help you operate in congenial atmosphere in my municipality and my expectation that you will also be alive to your social responsibility to the community”.

Again Mr Nino Constantinuo congratulated the MCE for the bold step in visiting companies operating in the area and expressed Marriott’s readiness to partner the assembly in all endeavors.

“We would humbly appeal to you to get back to us and let us know the support you will need from us” he said.