December 2022 Archives / News

Posted on December 2nd,2022

As this day is set aside to salute our dedicated farmers and fisherfolk for their immense contribution to the national economy, it is important to recognize with profound appreciation, the responsibility of each and every one of those, who in diverse ways have contributed to creating the needed environment for the growth and development of agricultural production, thereby transforming the various facets of national development. As we celebrate this occasion under the theme “Accelerating Agricultural Productivity Through Value Addition”, As an area that employs about 51.5% of the active population of the country, the need to diversify the agricultural sector in order to ensure sustainable economic growth has been of great concern. In Ghana, agricultural production is changing from predominantly family-based and small-scale farms to larger farms that are more tightly aligned towards the production and distribution value chain. Undoubtedly, the government, through its flagship programmes such as, Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), has been supplying subsidized seeds and fertilizers to farmers at subsidized rates. In times of glut, aggregators and buyers take advantage of these farmers by offering them ridiculously low prices thereby reducing the profit margins of farmers. This is part of the reasons why the government introduced the One District One Factory (1D1F) policy to help process agricultural products to enhance their value, longivity and earn our farmers decent incomes. ln line with Government’s policy to establish at least one warehouse in each district under the One District One Warehouse policy, the government has established a warehouse at Odikro Nkwanta for drying and storing of grains and cereals. The objective of this commendable policy is to minimize post-harvest losses, address poor farm level practices, poor handling and poor storage activities that expose our farm produce to moulds, rodents and other pests. To our gallant farmers to whom this great event is dedicated, we say Ayekoo! to you all for your invaluable contribution to feeding the nation and also contributing substantially to national and local development.

November 2022 Archives / News

Posted on November 18th,2022

A one day capacity building workshop was conducted for the Assembly members of the Ahafo Ano North Municipal Assembly, the program was aimed at educating and apprising the honourable Assembly members and the government appointees on the Responsive, Effective and efficient Local Governance (EEL-G ) on the next generation leadership, the program was executed by staff from the Institute of Local Government Studies. Forty -Nine ( 49 ) out of the Fifty -Six (56) both elected and appointed Assembly members of the Municipal Assembly were at the training, this shows the commitment by the honourable Assembly members to familiarize themselves with the local governance act and the standing orders as proof of participation, the elected Assembly members were asked to sign a citizen charter. Paramount chiefs from two traditional councils in the Municipality also signed the citizen charter to support the program, the Municipal coordinating director, Mr Rashid Hussein on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive addressed the house on the importance of such training. He added that, the capacity building will help the honourable Assembly members with the day to day governance of their electoral areas and also make informed inputs during general Assembly members meetings of the Municipality, at the end of the event, the presiding member, honourable Ernest Yamson thanked the Assembly and the facilitators Mr Frederick Oduro and Mr Joseph Owusu for an educative and informative workshop.

October 2022 Archives / News

Posted on October 1st,2022
Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Today, together with the Founder and President of Breast Care International Foundation, Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, we marked the 10th Anniversary of the “Walk for Cure “ and the Global Breast Cancer Awareness celebrated in October with a walk in Tepa, Ashanti Region. As the founder of the Agyeman-Prempeh Foundation and a Special guest of honor, I assured the organizers of my continued support for the walk and its related activities aimed at the early detection of breast cancer in women. I also used the opportunity to advise all who had gathered and the nation at large to desist from relating breast cancer issues to witchcraft and spiritual issues. I urged all men to take interest in the examination of the breasts of their partners. The event was graced by Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem I, Tepamanhene, Nana Agyeiwaa Paamu, Tepahemaa, the Ambassador of Morocco to Ghana and delegation, the NLA Good Causes Foundation, Prefos Ghana Limited and music icons like Akosua Agyapong, ACP Kofi Sarpong, Obaapa Christie and Patience Nyarko.

Posted on October 17th,2022

18667 CANDIDATES SAT FOR 2022 BECE IN AHAFO ANO NORTH The 2022 Basic Certificate Examinations ( BECE ) commences today, Monday October 17.

In the Ahafo Ano North municipality, the Examinations took place in Eight ( 8 ) centers across the Municipality.

These includes:
Tepa SHS A
Tepa SHS B
Maaban Senior High Technical School,
Manfo R/C Junior High School ,
Twabidi M/A Primary
Subriso M/A Primary,
Anyinasuso D/A Junior High School and
Kojo Betiako M/A Primary.

A total of 18667 candidates from various schools sat for the Examinations, the number comprises 1060 males and 807 females both public schools and private candidates, at Tepa center A four (4) candidates were absent and comprises of 2 males 2 females. No pregnant candidates among the females were recorded and No Examinations malpractices recorded. The Examinations took place in a very calm and peaceful atmosphere across the Municipality.

September 2022 Archives / News

Posted on September 23,2022

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ahafo Ano North Municipality in the Ashanti Region, Mrs. Martina Appiah-Nyantakyi has advised Ghanaians against stigmatizing Person with Disabilities (PWDs) in their various communities. She pointed out that stigmatization in the society was limiting PWDs from getting employment opportunities in some government and Private sectors. The MCE stressed that, unnecessary stigmatization was hampering person with Disabilities PWDs from exploring their God given potential in the society. Mrs. Appiah-nyantakyi made the appeal in Tepa when she handed some worth items to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) within Ahafo Ano Municipality. The items included wheel chairs, fridges, industrial sewing machines, poly tanks, ovens among other 51 beneficiaries. The items according to the MCE were part of government initiative eradicate poverty and also to equip the PWDs to get better standard of living. She questioned the beneficiaries from selling items, since it will defy the objective of the policy. She promised the government’s commitment for continue support to lessen their economic woes in order to become self-dependents in the society. Mr. Jerry Quofi Haggan, the Municipal Social Welfare Director for Ahafo Ano North Municipal pledged to ensure regular monitoring to make sure that the items are being used for the intended purposes.Mr. Collings Boakye, thr president of the person with Disabilities (PWDs) Association in Ahafo Ano North Municipality, on behalf of the Association thanked the MCE as well as the NPP government for the support.He assured the Assemble for regular maintenance of the items to last longer.

August 2022 Archives / News

Posted on August 23,2022

I find it a pleasant duty to welcome you all this morning to this important meeting of stakeholders in the Ahafo Ano North Municipality to critically discuss the topical issue of security, its maintenance and sustainability, and also have deeper appreciation of the potential threats to the breach of peace and security, such as terrorism and other violent crimes. Through the Ministry of National Security and other security agencies has instituted a number of measures aimed at educating the ordinary Ghanaian on the signs of terrorist acts and activities with a view to instilling in us a sense of vigilance as far as the collective resolve to fight terrorism is concerned. Without doubt, the recently launched “if you see something say something” slogan, is one commendable measure to blow the whistle on any suspicious activities that may jeopardize the security of this country. On the basis of this, I wish to assure you that, in fulfilment of its mandate under Section 12 Subsection (3g) of the Local Governance Act, 2016, Act 936, the Municipal Assembly, through the Municipal Security Committee (MUSEC), is working hard to maintain peace and tranquility in the municipality. I wish to thank our Regional Security Coordinator, for making time to come and educate as well as share his expertise with us in the fight against terrorism. Nananom, Heads of Security agencies present, Heads of Departments, Hon Presiding Member and Hon Assembly Members, I thank you all for coming to grace this important stakeholder meeting.

July 2022 Archives / News

Posted on July 26,2022

The Ahafo Ano North Assembly exercised its constitutional right of selecting a presiding member ( PM ) for the assembly. Though the presiding member should have been elected on Thursday 9th June, 2022, the Ag presiding member, Hon. Thomas Fokuo announced the voting to be rescheduled since none of the aspirants had 2/3 of the total votes cast. Contestants for the position of the presiding member were Hon. Ernest Yamson, an assembly member for Tepa ward - 1 and Hon. Yussif Abdul Wahab who is also assembly member for Tepa Gyammrakrom. In the first round Hon. Ernest Yamson pulled 34 votes cast whiles Hon. Yussif Abdul Wahab pulled 22 votes cast and 1was rejected. On Thursday 23rd June, 2022, the municipal assembly held a special meeting for second round of electing its presiding member (PM). Hon. Ernest Yamson was nominated unopposed and worn the position with a yes or no votes getting 56 yes out of 57 votes cast. The poll was officiated by the Municipal Electoral officer, Mrs. Betty Mensah. The elected presiding member (PM ) was sworn in by her honor Mrs. Millicent Owusu, a judge at the Tepa circuit court. In his acceptance speech, Hon. Yamson thanked the hon. MCE, the Ag. presiding member, the Director General for NADMO for their recommendations and support given him. He thanked his fellow assembly members and his opponent, he said though it was tough for him in the first round but very grateful for him stepping down and threw his support for him in the second round. He promised to work in harmony with them in order to achieve the goals they set for their various electoral areas. He said he is very much particular about the assembly members ware fare and their ex - gratia issues so that they can work hard for the development of the municipality. Hon. Yamson promised the August house that, his doors are always opened for everybody and also stand to be corrected by his fellow members whenever he is wrong. Prior to the election, the Ag PM, hon. Thomas Fokuo pleaded with the hon members that, though his term of office has ended, he could have contested but due to his busy schedules and some circumstances beyond his control, he can no longer contest for the portfolio again, so the hon members should consider the development of their various electoral areas and elect their leader to steer the affairs of their day to day activities.

June 2022 Archives / News

Posted on june 26,2022
CLOGSAG elections (Local)

During the month under review, the Municipal branch of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) went to the polls to elect new officers. The polls saw the following being elected into office; Mr Kwame Darkwa as the chairman, Mr Sani Siba as the Secretary and Mr Simon Osarfo as the Organizer. The election was supervised by the Regional Secretariate of the Association headed by its Secretary Mr. Brobbey. The officers have since been sworn into office to serve a four-year term.

Posted on june 15,2022

World blood Donor Day is celebrated around the world on 14th June to raise awareness about the need for safe blood and blood products to save lives. The day is also an opportunity to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life - saving gifts of blood. The Municipal Health Directorate of the Ahafo Ano North Municipal Assembly embarked on this year's world blood donor day within the municipality under the theme: DONATING BLOOD IS AN ACT OF SOLIDARITY The Municipal laboratory scientist of the Ahafo Ano North Municipal Health Directorate, Mr Samuel Adomako appealed to all citizens in the municipality to take this program serious since it helps to save a lot of lives. He said, blood and blood products are essential resources for effective management of women suffering from bleeding associated with pregnancy and child birth, children suffering severe anemia due to malaria and malnutrition, patients with blood and bone marrow disorder, inherited disorders of hemoglobin and immune deficiency conditions, victim of trauma, emergencies, disasters and accidents, as well as patients undergoing advanced medical and surgical procedures. Mr Adomako said since this exercise is the maiden edition within the municipality, the turnout is low. He therefore appealed to the health directorate to intensify sensitization to meet its target.

Posted on June 11,2022
Green Ghana Day, Lets Go Planting!!!

The Hon. Municipal Chief Executive for Ahafo-Ano North Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the forestry commission embarked on tree planting as part of Green Ghana Day. The theme for this year’s exercise was “Mobilizing for a Greener Future”. The government initiative was to plant 20 million trees seedlings on June 10th 2022. The Hon. Municipal Chief Executive, some Heads of department as well as team headed by the Forestry Commission set off to the selected area for the tree planting around 8:00 am. It was drizzling as at the time the team set off. The team first moved to Tepa Senior High School. The team, headmaster, staff and students moved to the field chosen for the tree planting. Mrs. Martina Appiah-Nyantakyi, the Hon. Municipal Chief Executive was the first to plant the first tree, followed by Headmaster of the school and finally the Acting Municipal Co-ordinating Director for Ahafo-Ano North Municipal Assembly. After the tree planting in the school, the Municipal Chief Executive used the opportunity to hand over the new 66 Seater Bus given to the school by the government of Ghana. The Municipal Chief Executive, Headmaster and staff of the school moved inside the bus to have a feeling of the vehicle. The team then moved to Tepa Government Hospital where the next tree planting was to take place. The team together with the hospital team moved to the field. The Hon. Municipal Chief Executive planted some trees, followed by the District Director, Forestry Commission, the Acting Municipal Co-ordinating and finally the hospital administrator. The program came to end at exactly 9:30am, albeit, throughout the rain.

May 2022 Archives / News

Posted on May 17,2022
CLOGSAG strike

The quarter begun with a nationwide strike by the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana to demand for 20% increase of their salary as neutrality allowance. The strike that lasted for almost a month saw workers returning after their leadership called it off. Here in Tepa, workers were seen briskly attending to duties from the resumption date of the 16th of May. The main talk among members were words of commendations to both Executive of the Association and government for finally coming into agreement to better the condition of service. Although, some were optimistic about the government’s commitment in granting the 20% neutrality allowance by November, others were pessimistic about it.

April 2022 Archives / News

Posted on April 27,2022
P.T.A is not Association but a relationship- Ashanti Regional P.T.A Coordinator

The Ashanti Regional Coordinator of the Parents and Teachers Association (P.T.A) Mr. Afriyie has bemoaned the practice where some P.T.A meetings have been turned into a money contribution association. Stating that, P.T.A. meetings are not an association but a relationship between the parents and the school management in the community. He also warned that the meeting is apolitical as well as a non-religious organization. Mr. Afriyie continued that, the situation where students are made to suffer because of PTA dues is illegal and must be a thing of the past; and has called on the schools to eschew such practices. Addressing the Ahafo Ano North Municipal PTA meeting in Tepa in Ashanti Region on the theme “Educational Reforms in Ghana and the significant impact on the Ghanaian child”, Mr. Afrfiyie mentioned that the PTA has now been made part of the educational system. He reiterated that under this arrangement, government likewise parents have roles to play. Among the roles parents can play, he said, is for them to be interested in the activities of the school by ensuring that there is a healthy learning atmosphere. He again emphasized that the promotion of a good and healthy learning atmosphere is a shared responsibility and should not be left in the hands of school management only but must involve all stakeholders. The aim of the new educational reforms, honourable Martina said, is geared towards problem-solving with its long-term effect of providing labour for industry. Another goal of the reforms she stated is to also equip the children for the future. The day's meeting saw PTA chairmen from all the public schools in the Municipality attending. In an open forum, contributors expressed happiness about the new reform and thanked the government for it.

March 2022 Archives / News

Posted on March 7,2022
65th Independence Day celebration: Ahafo Ano North MCE calls for partnership and collaboration in nation building

The Ahafo Ano North Municipal Chief Executive Honourable Martina Appiah- Nyantakyi has called on Ghanaians to put away partisanship in nation building but rather concentrate on partnership and collaboration. Addressing the gathering at the Tepa Experimental Municipal Assembly (MA) Basic School park in the Ahafo Ano North municipality of the Ashanti region to commemorate Ghana’s 65th Independence anniversary, the MCE stated that, nation building requires every Ghanaian to sacrifice his or her individual interests to that of the nation; “ we must desire to work together as patriots to tackle the critical social challenges in all sector of the economy such as jobs creation, strengthening the rule of law and improving the living standard for all.” She said. Emphasizing on the theme for the occasion, working together bouncing back better; hon. Martina Appiah-Nyantakyi reminded Ghanaians to be united as one people intimately demonstrating commitment and patriotism to help the nation bounce back better. She also urged citizens not to lose guard in the challenges confronting the nation at the moment but rather forge ahead to build a better Ghana now and for the next generation. The MCE was however hopeful that the current challenges confronting the nation will not last long and believed in the blessings of God as well as hardworking of Ghanaians, to see a brighter future ahead. She again, used the occasion to pay a glowing tribute to the forebears for our independence struggle and everyone who has contributed to the building of the nation. Inspired by the contributions of our forefathers, the MCE advised Ghanaians that, the development of the nation is a collective responsibility. She adds that no single government can alone develop the nation; so, citizens must as well concern themselves with the growth and the development of the country. The Independence Day celebration saw a total of 17 schools participating in the parade and march pass. The schools comprise of 12 public basic schools, four private basic schools, two public senior high schools and one private senior high school. The MCE, the Municipal Director of Education and the Divisional Commander of the Ghana Police Service received the salute of the march pass. The dignitaries that graced the occasion included the chairman of the event Tepaman Hene Nana Adusei Atwene Ampem I, the Director General of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) hon. Nana Agyeman Prempeh, the Presiding Member for the Municipal Assembly hon. Thomas Forkuo, heads of religious organizations, heads of department and agencies in the municipality as well as assembly members. In all, an estimate of at least 2000 people from the general public throng to the park to witness the event that lasted for two hours. At the end of the event, certificate of participation was presented to all the schools that took part in the march pass. Also, a scholarship was awarded to an old student of Tepa Seventh Day Adventist Basic School miss Salima Ibrahim by the Agyeman Prempeh Foundation for scoring eight ones in last year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). The MCE who was full of joy for that achievement has also promised a package for the young girl.

Posted on March 5,2022
The 65th Independence celebration has been launched in Cape Coast

The ancient capital would be the host of the two-week event that would see many visitors and tourists contributing to the local economy of the people. Launching the event and its logo on behalf of the president, Central Regional Minister, Justina Marigold Assan, indicated how proud the people of the Central Region are in hosting this year’s national event. Justina Marigold Assan indicated how the economy of the people of the region would be boosted with activities of the 65th independence anniversary celebration in Cape Coast. She said while launching the celebration: “The benefits of the celebration that is going to be held in Cape Coast is enormous. We are contributing to the local economy. It’s been boosted so well, two weeks to the start of the event, the hotels in the region are fully booked.” The minister further intimated that in the next week or two, taxi drivers would be engaged, food vendors would begin the preparation of locally-made sumptuous meals for people to enjoy and other sectors of the economy would be engaged as well. “On behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, we officially launch this year’s 65th Independence Day celebration, Cape Coast 2022,” she launched the celebration. A Deputy Director of Communications at the presidency, Jefferson Sackey, gave details of the constituents of the logo and the program of activities. He called for the closer collaboration of Ghanaians, especially, the people of the Central region to put their shoulders to the wheel to make the event a success. He told the media, the celebration which is themed, “Cape Coast 2022; working together, bouncing back better,” was based on the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the world over which has left many nations struggling to recover. The theme, he says, is a clarion call on all Ghanaians to come together and work towards attaining sustainable economic recovery as the nation marks 65th independent anniversary. The two-week activities will start with a clean-up exercise to open up the ancient capital for more visitors and tourists to engage with the, uniqueness beauty, serenity and potentials of the Central Region. Director of Operations at the Presidency, Lord Commey, detailed the various dignitaries that would be take place at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium. “The Special Guest for this year’s celebration would be the Prime Minister of the Republic of Barbados, he explained. Some of the activities lined up includes the marking of the 28th February Christiansborg crossroads shooting incident, invest in Central Region Forum, the President’s Independence Day Awards for School Children, Wear Ghana campaign and a host of others.

February 2022 Archives / News

Posted on feb 26,2022
Stakeholders Meeting on the Distribution of educational and Apprenticeship Support for Children by Mondelez International

CRI shares a commitment with Mondelez International to protect children and ensure that they can grow in a safe environment and also help work towards eliminating Child labour and other Child protection issues by helping communities tackle its roots through the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS) which has been established by the Government of Ghana.
Topics Discussed
1. Child Labour Approach
• Protecting Children and ensuring they live in a safe environment
• Eliminate Child labour and Empowering communities structures to eliminate child labour

2. Data collection and its indicators
• Datacollection
• Community register
• Data protection

3. Intervention-Remediation
• Cocoa life and No- Cocoa life
• Monitoring

Based on the two classifications of the register, remediation will be undertaken in two categories; Community wide remediation, which will benefit all families and all children will be targeted for remediation. The second category will focus on Cocoa life families only.
Community-wide remediation
Mondelez International Cocoa life will undertake education-focused intervention that will serve a double purpose of prevention and remediation and will benefit all members of the community. This will ensure that both Cocoa Life and Non-Cocoa life families benefit from the project interventions. Some of the interventions are Cocoa life Scholarship and apprenticeship programs.

Posted on feb 19,2022
Tepa set to host the second Immigration service training school

The Ahafo Ano North Municipal Capital, Tepa, in the Ashanti Region, is due to host the second Immigration Service Training School in the country. The training schoo, when completed and operationalized would be the second training command after the Assin Fosu facility; and this would bring to two, the total number of Immigration training schools in the country.
Currently, works are ongoing at the site earmarked for the school. Visiting the site, the Controller General of the Ghana Immigration Service, Mr. Kwame AsuahTakyie, expressed satisfaction with the works done so far. Praising the chief and the people of Tepa for offering to host this training school of the Immigration Service, the Controller General said, the gesture was timely and appropriate. Mr. Asuah Takyie was also impressed by the support that the Ghana Immigration Service has enjoyed from the community ever since the idea was hatched to host this all-important national facility.
Speaking on behalf of the people, the Omanhene of the Tepa traditional area, Nana Adusei AtwenewaAmpem II, expressed the community’s readiness to host the school. He promised that; the palace is always open for discussions on any issues that border on the school’s existence in the community. He also stated that the palace is fully behind the operations of GIS especially the training school in the town. The Municipal Chief Executive for the area, Martina Appiah- Nyantekyi, also expressed the assembly’s readiness to help and support the training school to succeed. The MCE was particularly happy that her Municipality is hosting the second Immigration Training school in the country.
Earlier, an advanced team from the Immigration Service headquarters in Accra had toured the Tepa township to assess and familiarize themselves with the geography and the economy of the place. Their first point of call was at the Tepa market. At the market, they were gratified with the vibrant economic activities there; and had concluded that, it can support the school’s activities. The Tepa Immigration Training School is situated on the premises of the old Municipal Hospital. It is actually the old hospital that has been converted into a school.
Renovation works and erection of some new structures are almost complete; with the contractor of the project estimating the works done so far to be 90% complete. Works have been completed on the dining hall, lecture theater, and some dormitories. With these works done, the GIS has already stationed some intake at the school. These intakes which happen to be the first batch, are expected to report to the school by March this year. Currently, the atmosphere in Tepa is in an expectant mood to welcome the first batch of the school in the town. The conversation around town lately is centered on the coming into being of the immigration school ever since its signposts were erected in the town. Some residents who spoke to the ISD have high hopes for the school to give the town a facelift. On recruitment, the townsfolk have higher expectations for either themselves or their wards to be recruited into the school. They have also praised the chief and all the people behind this initiative for their far-sightedness.

January 2022 Archives / News

Posted Jan 25, 2022
Internal Audit Agency visits Ahafo Ano North Municipal

In line with Paragraph 16 of the guidelines for the effective functioning of Audit Committee issued by Ministry of Finance and Section 17 of the Internal Audit Agency Act 2003, Act 658, the Internal Audit Agency is required to conduct monitoring exercise to ensure the effective functioning of Audit Committees of Covered Entities and the verification of the status of implementation of recommendations in Internal Audit Reports. In fulfilment of the above, a three-member team led by Ms Philomina Max Bobie visited the Ahafo Ano North Municipal Assembly on 24th January, 2022 to ascertain the effective functioning of the Audit Committee of Ahafo Ano North Municipal Assembly and the status of implementation of the recommendations contained in the Internal Audit Reports for the year 2020 and 2021.
During their working visit, the following observations were made by the team based on the interactions with key officers and documents available. 1. Full implementation of the recommendations contained in 2020 Management Letter and the Internal Audit Reports. 2. Absence of Risk Assessment Policy for the Assembly 3. Weak internal control systems at Assembly 4. Non – periodic holding of quarterly Audit Committee meetings as enshrined in the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act 2016, Act 921
In order to ensure the Assembly is executing its mandate in accordance with the Financial Regulation and or laws, the following recommendations were made the team; 1. Timely implementation of audit recommendations 2. Preparation of Risk Assessment Policy 3. Assessment of the control systems at the Assembly by the Internal Audit Unit in order for management to improve upon it. 4. Regular organization of Audit Committee meetings to review Internal Audit Quarterly reports as acquired by the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act 2016, Act 921. 5. Ensure required allowances are paid to Audit Committee members as stated in the secular issued by Ministry of Finance (MoF) in respect of the allowances to members of the Audit Committee.
With the support of the Municipal Coordinating Director and other core management staff, the exercise was successful. It is the Unit hope that the recommendations made would be duly implemented.