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LaDMA Integral to Development Agenda: A Key Focus for Progress

The La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly held its first ordinary meeting of the first session of the fourth La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly on March 25 and 26, 2024. The meeting took place in La.

During the meeting, the Municipal Chief Executive for La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly, Hon. Rev. Solomon Kotey Nikoi, presented his sessional address for discussion and approval.

Various sub-committees were formed, and their chairpersons were elected after the MCE addressed the House. One of the topics discussed was the payment of ex-gratia to the past honorable Assembly members. It was agreed that the approved budget should be paid to the honorable members.

Overall, it was a productive meeting, and the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly is looking forward to continuing its work for the betterment of the community.

ACCRA: LaDMA Fully Committed To Reduce Unemployment In The Municipality- Francisca Adorkor-Khein

The Municipal Director of Cooperatives, Madam Francisca Adorkor-Khein, has announced that the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly is dedicated to mitigating the growing issue of unemployment in the municipality. Over 131 individuals within the Municipality have been selected for training under the YouStart policy. Madam Adorkor-Khein emphasized that LaDMA, as a Municipality, is fully committed to addressing the challenges faced by its residents. She urged the citizenry to join hands with the assembly in creating more job opportunities, alleviating the menace of unemployment in the municipality.

Madam Francisca Adorkor-Khein made these remarks during the District Economic Development meeting held at the assembly hall. She revealed that the selected individuals have been grouped into four, with the first phase of Group 1 scheduled for training on May 8, 2023. Participants for the second and third phases will be selected in due categorization.

Nurturing New Beginnings: La Polyclinic’s Pregnancy School Champions Maternal Wellness

Pregnancy is a transformative journey filled with excitement and anticipation, but it also comes with a myriad of questions and uncertainties. Recognizing the importance of empowering expectant mothers with knowledge and support, La Polyclinic has pioneered a unique initiative known as “Pregnancy School.” This innovative program provides a nurturing space for pregnant women to learn, connect, and prepare for the beautiful journey of motherhood.

The Setting: La Polyclinic’s Haven for Expectant Mothers

Located at La Polyclinic, the Pregnancy School serves as a haven for expectant mothers in the La Dade Kotopon municipality. Nestled within the welcoming walls of the polyclinic, the school is more than just a physical space; it is a community hub fostering a sense of togetherness among pregnant women.

A Comprehensive Approach to Maternal Education

La Polyclinic’s Pregnancy School takes a holistic approach to maternal education, addressing not only the physical aspects of pregnancy but also the emotional and psychological well-being of expectant mothers. The curriculum covers a range of topics, including prenatal care, nutrition, childbirth preparation, postpartum care, and breastfeeding.

Expert Guidance from Healthcare Professionals

One of the standout features of the Pregnancy School is the direct involvement of healthcare professionals from La Polyclinic. Experienced midwives, nurses, and doctors lead informative sessions, offering evidence-based guidance and personalized advice to ensure the well-being of both the mother and the baby.

Interactive Sessions and Community Building

The program goes beyond traditional classroom-style sessions, incorporating interactive workshops and group discussions. This approach not only imparts valuable information but also creates a supportive community where expectant mothers can share experiences, ask questions, and build lasting connections.

Location Highlights: A Comfortable and Accessible Space

The choice of La Polyclinic as the location for Pregnancy School is strategic. The facility provides a comfortable and accessible environment, ensuring that expectant mothers can easily attend sessions and access healthcare services. The proximity to medical professionals also adds an extra layer of security, fostering a sense of confidence among participants.

The Impact: Empowering Mothers for a Healthy Future

La Polyclinic’s Pregnancy School has already made a significant impact on the lives of expectant mothers in the La Dade Kotopon municipality. By providing a space for education, support, and community, the program is not just preparing women for childbirth but also empowering them for the lifelong journey of motherhood.

In conclusion, La Polyclinic’s Pregnancy School stands as a beacon of maternal wellness in the heart of the community. As it continues to thrive, this initiative exemplifies the commitment to comprehensive healthcare and the nurturing of new beginnings for mothers and their precious little ones.

Engaging Communities for Progress: LaDMA Municipal Chief Executive Addresses Concerns of La Burma Valley Residents

In a continuation of the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly’s commitment to participatory governance, the Honorable Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) recently engaged with members of the La Burma Valley Residents Association. This routine interaction aimed to discuss various issues affecting the residents and to provide insights into the Assembly’s policies, programs, and activities.

The meeting, marked by open dialogue, covered a range of concerns brought forth by the community members. Among the key topics were the misuse of space near the La Cemetery as a dumping site, the proliferation of churches and places of worship in East La Burma Valley and Tse-Addo, noise pollution, unauthorized car parking, unauthorized structures, and squatters in the East La Burma Valley area, the spread of telecom masts, malfunctioning street lights in Tse-Addo, security concerns, demolition, and prosecution of landlords without building permits, and the burning of refuse in the Municipality.

The Municipal Chief Executive, along with relevant technocrats, addressed each issue within their area of responsibility. Following deliberations, it was agreed to conduct a field trip to the dumping sites and affected areas to gain firsthand insights.

Additionally, the meeting recommended the installation of signage prohibiting burning and littering in the municipality. The Environmental Health Unit was tasked with urgently initiating public sensitization campaigns and van announcements to educate residents about bye-laws related to noise, indiscriminate dumping of refuse, littering, and burning of refuse.

Responding to a request from the association, the Assembly pledged support for ornamental flower planting on streets and road reservations to enhance the municipality’s aesthetic appeal.

In his closing remarks, the Honorable MCE disclosed ongoing plans for drainage construction and the repair of malfunctioning streetlights in Tse-Addo to bolster security measures. The association members expressed appreciation for the engagement and the assurances provided by the Hon. MCE to address their concerns.

The meeting concluded on a positive note, with a mutual understanding of the need for continued engagement to deliberate on issues and drive development within the Municipality. The collaborative efforts between the LaDMA and its residents reflect a dedication to building a community that thrives through active participation and shared responsibility.

LaDMA DESILT DRAINS IN THE MUNICIPALITY

LaDMA DESILT DRAINS IN THE MUNICIPALITY

The La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly has embarked on massive dredging and desilting to improve flood risk and solid waste management in the targeted flood prone communities in the municipality.

According to the Municipal Roads director, the move is to support mitigation procedures to better manage flooding in the municipality. The ongoing dredging and desilting at Kordjor and Giffard road will be finished before the rains, said the roads director.

Madam Adwoa, the municipal director of roads stated that, for some time now, the municipality has been subjected to perennial flooding occasioned by poor sanitation, drainage, and waste management.

She mentioned that the dredging is been funded by the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) projects designed to build the resilience of the national capital with the initial phase covering a five years period from 2020 to 2025 in the flood prone vulnerable communities in Accra while the desilting is funded from the assembly’s IGF and DACF.

Seventeen selected MMDAs in the Greater Accra Region have received specific funds to improve drainage infrastructure under Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) project, which LaDMA was one of the beneficiary to improve the operation and maintenance (desilting) of drainage and solid waste management, which the assembly is using her funds for the purpose it is meant for.

Supporting Education: Donation of Mathematical Sets to JHS Candidates for 2022

Donated items

As the 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) draws near, various organizations and individuals have started gearing up to support the candidates with materials that will aid them in their preparation for the exams. One of the notable forms of support that is usually provided to candidates is the donation of mathematical sets.

Mathematical sets are essential tools that are needed by candidates to excel in Mathematics and other related subjects. They contain vital items such as compasses, rulers, protractors, and other materials that are required for geometric constructions, measurements, and calculations. Unfortunately, many candidates may not have access to these sets due to various reasons such as financial constraints, lack of awareness, or unavailability of the sets in their communities.

To bridge this gap, the organizers of the 2022 BECE have put in place measures to ensure that candidates receive the necessary support in the form of mathematical sets. These sets will be made available to both private and public candidates, and the distribution will be carried out by various organizations and individuals.

It is worthy to note that the donation of mathematical sets is not just a show of philanthropy, but it also goes a long way in boosting the confidence of candidates. When candidates have access to the necessary tools, they tend to feel more prepared and confident in their ability to excel in the exams.

In conclusion, the donation of mathematical sets to candidates is a laudable initiative that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the performance of candidates in the 2022 BECE. We, therefore, call on individuals and organizations to support this cause by donating mathematical sets to candidates in their communities. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of these candidates and help them achieve their academic dreams.

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.