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Zero Waste Accra Consultative Meeting with Waste Pickers and Collectors

In line with the President’s vision to make Accra the cleanest City in Africa,  La Dade Kotopon Municipal Assembly have been working with Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) to  implement the Zero Waste Accra Project which aims to work with the  informal waste workers and SMES to divert #waste from landfills whiles providing #jobs for communities. This partnership is geared towards developing a sound waste management strategy to institute Zero Waste practices across Municipalities in the country.

GAYO’s underlying motivation is to work directly with local communities to reduce the vulnerability of groups that are at risk to climate impacts such as children, youth and women, who have a comparatively less adaptive capacity due to social and structural inequalities.  The Zero Waste City/Accra Project has been inspired by  GAYO’s Sustainable Community Project (SCP) which is being implemented in peri-urban areas across three MMDAs in Ghana, namely, the Adansi South District of Ghana, The SCP is the first community-led circular economy project in Ghana which is creating a zero-waste model for solid waste management in peri-urban communities by converting waste into several useful products including, recycled products (raincoat, bags, aprons etc.), Compost fertilizer from organic waste and using agricultural waste to produce charcoal briquette  amongst other items. Through several partnerships with SMEs and local government offices, this project has created green jobs, built the capacity of informal waste pickers, and reduced waste from landfills.

Following the success of the Sustainable Community Project in peri-urban communities, the  Zero Waste City/Accra project proposes to deliver a community -driven Zero Waste strategy that will drive waste from oceans and mangrove ecosystems to a material recovery facility and businesses for processing. Additionally, the Zero Waste City Model will create a new green and blue circular economy for vulnerable people in the municipality by training existing SMEs to use municipal waste as raw materials to create useful products.

As a structure in the local system of Ghana, the project is in line with LaDMA’s commitment of enhancing the social-economic well being of the people through an effective and efficient delivery system.

As part of the zero waste strategy development process, the parties convened a consultative meeting with informal waste pickers within LaDMA and the Accra Metropolitan Area (AMA) to document the contributions of all relevant stakeholders. This is to promote inclusive participation in the Accra Zero Waste city project with a bottom-up approach of model development. Key on the agenda for the day’s meeting was to understand how to co-create the needed components to achieve a Zero Waste  city by working with waste collectors and pickers to support their work in the recovery of ‘valuable’ waste materials and for proper community sensitization.

The Accra Zero Waste Project focuses on the informal waste sector, therefore it seeks to strengthen the sector’s collaboration in ways that will promote local ownership and enhance informal sector access to wider benefits in the waste management sector. With a signed Memorandum of Understanding between GAYO and the LaDMA, over the next 18 months, GAYO will work with LADMA to ensure a sound  Solid waste Management Strategy for LaDMA is developed and put into practice.

 

Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), is a youth-led gender-balanced organization that focuses on environmental sustainability and community development. Our thematic areas include, climate change, Disaster Risk Reduction and Circular Economy. In our quest to achieve our vision, we research and provide solutions to pressing environmental issues through the establishment of community-based circular economy models which encompasses advocacy, stakeholders’ engagement, enterprise development and public education

GHANA ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT/GETP

COVID-19 RESPONSE GRANT

Request For Grant Applications

BACKGROUND

The World Bank is providing funding to the Government of Ghana (GoG) for the implementation of the Ghana Economic Trans- formation Project. The development objective of the Project is to promote private investment: and firm growth in non-resource- based sectors. The GoG through the Economic Transformation Project is providing grant to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Ghana Enterprises Agency/GEA (Formerly National Board for Small Scale Industries) is implementing the COVID-19 Response Grant Programme and is inviting eligible High Growth Potential SMEs that have been impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic to apply for the grant.

REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Must be a Small or a Medium Enterprise (SME);
  • Must have a Business Registration Certificate or Certificate of Incorporation;
  • Financial Statement; or Statement of Affairs for the year’s 2019 md 2020 or business bank statements for same period must be submitted:
  • SME: which commenced operations in or after March 2020 are not eligible to apply.

 ELIGIBLE ENTERPRISES

  • Agro-processing;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Textile and Garment;
  • Food and Beverages;
  • Pharmaceuticals. Healthcare and Companies in the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

 ELIGIBLE COSTS/ACTIVITIES

  • Purchase of machinery and equipment. or technology;
  • Equipment installation and repair costs;
  • Payment for technical advisory services;
  • Payment for capacity building;
  • Working capital expenditure such as utility, salaries, purchase of raw materials, marketing expenses etc.
  • Rent payments for business operations;
  • Regulatory Compliance costs.

 HOW TO APPLY

Access Online Grant Applications at: https://getp.gheaonline.com

Track the status of applications at:    https://gea.gov.gh/getp/checkstatus

For assistance, contact the AGAM Secretariat or any GEA Business Advisory Centers (BACs) or the Business Resource Centers (BRCs) across the country at no costs to applicants.

  • For further inquiries. Please contact the GEA’s Contact Center +233(0)362196909

NB: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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Wednesday July 21. 2021.

LADMA PARTNERS GLOBAL WELLNESS MISSION TO EDUCATE PUBLIC ON HEALTHY LIVING

The La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly together with the Global Wellness Mission held a program at La Apaapa on June 26, 2021 to educate the public on the importance of eating nutritious foods.

Speaking at the program, the La South sub metro head and a Public Health Nurse, madam Ethel noted that the public education on nutritional eating could help reduce the prevalence rate of non-communicable diseases in our community and the country as a whole..

Guest speaker, Madam Barikisu, a nutrition officer at Ga South East Municipal Health Directorate enlightened the people on “healthy nutrition lifestyle”, by elaborating on what to do to stay healthy and to prevent future diseases that are nutrition related.

La Dade Kotopon Municipal Health Directorate Nutrition Officer, Madam Agatha Klevor, urged the people to include the ‘4 STAR DIET’ which are legumes, protein source and oils, staples, vegetables and fruits in their day to day meals.

There were in display locally made natural drinks (zonkum, tropical mix, sobolo, pineapple and ginger) to create awareness to discourage people to stop drinking the artificial and carbonated drinks which contains mostly color, high amount of sugar and perseverative which can lead to liver and kidney problems.

The program ended with a health screening and aerobics for the community members. They were screened for their blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, to ascertain their health status.

LaDMA SUPPORT NATIONAL TREE PLANTING EXERCISE

The La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly on Friday June 11, 2021 embarked on the Green Ghana project to plant trees at various communities and schools in the Municipality.

The Green Ghana Planting is aim to address Ghana’s reforestation to save its depleting forest reserves as well as ensure climate change adaptation. The reforestation is also a core project for La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA).

The Municipal Chief Executive for LaDMA, Hon. Solomon Kotey Nikoi, led the tree planting exercise that started from Zenith University stretch to Tse Addo last stop, the Kpeshie lagoon enclave, and some selected schools in the municipality.

The “Green Ghana” planting exercise received massive support from the La Traditional Council, Tse-Addo Resident Association.

Hon. Assembly Members, National Service Personnel the NABCO Personnel and the Forestry Commission.

Hon. Solomon Kotey Nikoi, the MCE for LaDMA applauded the participants for their responses for the exercise. The MCE stated that about nine thousand eight hundred (9,800) trees would be planted in different localities within the Municipality and urged Ghanaians to cultivate the habit of tree planting at their various home.

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.