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PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL NEEDS TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs)

On the 19th of January, 2024, the Akatsi North District Assembly presented financial support to 13 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) made up of 6 females and 7 males in a program designed to support their medical and educational needs towards inclusive development and social welfare.

These PWDs had applied for support through the PWD component of the DACF which were ensured that those in genuine need received the financial assistance approved for them

Cheque Presentation:

The highlight of the program was the presentation of cheques to the 13 identified PWDs. This took place at the Akatsi North District Assembly hall. The program was attended by Hon. Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu, the District Chief Executive and the District Coordinating Director (DCD). Other dignitaries included.

The cheques were presented by the District Chief Executive (DCE), the District Coordinating Director (DCD) and the Disability Fund Management Committee chairman. Presenting the cheques, the DCE pleaded with beneficiaries to make sure the investment is not in vain especially those in education sector to study hard and complete their studies successfully.

Medical Support

The funds provided aim to alleviate the financial burden on PWDs who require medical treatment, rehabilitation, or ongoing care. This reflects the assembly’s commitment to promoting health equity and ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to necessary healthcare services.

Educational Assistance:

The educational component of the support signifies the importance placed on empowering PWDs through education. The cheques will contribute to covering educational expenses, including tuition fees, supplies, and any necessary accommodations, fostering a more inclusive and accessible educational system.

The presentation reflects the District Assembly’s effort by the local government to address the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. The commitment to supporting both medical and educational needs underscores the assembly’s dedication to fostering inclusivity and social welfare to residents.

39th Farmer’s Day Celebration

Hon. Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Akatsi North, has commended farmers and all stakeholders in promoting agricultural activities in the district.
“I say Ayekoo to you all. It is my prayer that you remain resolute to the course of championing the growth of agriculture in the district and Ghana as a whole.”
Mr Peter Ofosu made the appeal at Ave-Xevi in the Akatsi North District of the Volta region on Friday during the district’s celebration of the 39th Farmers’ Day.
In the face of climate change and evolving agriculture landscapes, Hon. Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu charged the farmers to strive to innovate, adapt, and implement smart solutions to ensure food security and build resilience in the agricultural sector.
“The theme for this year is not just a catchy phrase, but a call to action,” he said.
He further indicated that precision agriculture with the use of modern technologies such as drones, sensors, data analytics, and the empowerment of farmers was required for delivering smart solutions for sustainable food security and resilience.
Hon. Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu, touching on addressing some of the challenges, said the government under the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic, implemented the Planting for Food and Job (PFJ) as well as the Rearing for Food and Job programmes.

He said the introduction of the second phase of PFJ was necessary after the end of phase 1 in 2022.
“This programme is aimed at helping farmers get inputs supply and access to market through an aggregator.”
Hon. Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu further said farmers would be linked to aggregators for inputs at the onset of the farming season where the aggregators would return to buy the products of the farmers at the cost of inputs supplied without interest charges.
He also highlighted several key interventions and programmes to be rolled out by the Assembly toward providing smart solutions in the agricultural value chain.
Ms Bridget Yayra Sah, the Akatsi North District Director of Agriculture, said the tireless efforts, commitment, and dedication to cultivating the land had not only provided sustenance for our families “but have also contributed significantly to the economic growth of our district.”
“Despite the challenges you face, you continue to toil with passion and resilience, and it is only fitting that we take a moment to honour and celebrate each one of you,” she said.
She said the Department of Agriculture, in its pursuit of agricultural development in the District, conducted some key activities within the year.
“As mandated, the Agricultural Extension Agents conducted 2,304 home and farm visits to our farmers to assist them with solutions to their problems.”
Ms Sah said the Department collaborated with OCP Ghana Limited to conduct to test soil samples from 300 farmers’ fields to ascertain the soil fertility status in the District.
She said the OCP group also used the opportunity to train the Department staff to understand and be able to interpret the test results and the recommendations made to farmers.
“Within this programme, 12 community fora were organised by Agriculture extension agents, and 845 participants benefited from the programme.”
She outlined other key activities her outfit carried out over the period.
This year’s event was under the theme: “Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilience.”
Setudor Dzodzi Philip, a farmer from Nudowukope, was adjudged as the District’s Best Farmer.
Awards such as tricycle, deep freezers, Wellington boots, spraying machines, cutlasses, TV sets, and others were given to deserving farmers who excelled over the period.
The occasion witnessed colourful attendance from Chiefs, queen mothers, assembly members, heads of Departments, and several others.

Laptop Donation

On 29th November, 2023, the Internal Audit Unit received a laptop from the Internal Audit Agency (IAA). This initiative was funded by the European Union in helping MMDAs across the country to ensure quality assurance in service delivery.

The Hon DCE handed over the laptop to the Internal Audit Unit.

Sessional Address Delivered By The DCE, Hon. Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu, On The Occasion Of The 3rd Ordinary Meeting Of The 4th Session Of The 3rd Assembly

Hon. Presiding Member,

Hon. Member of Parliament, Akatsi North Constituency,

Hon. Assembly Members,

Heads of Decentralized Departments,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

2023 Annual Action Plan

Hon. Presiding Member, the level of implementation of activities in the 2023 Annual Action Plan as at 30th September, 2023 was about 46.09%. This as a result of the inability of the Assembly to received funds to execute the projects as envisaged. For instance, it is in our plan to construct a market shed at Ave Xevi, construct police station at Ave Dzalele, drill 8 mechanized boreholes with polytank storage across the district, complete the slaughter house at Ave Dakpa and procure additional 300 dual desk and 150 pieces of KG furniture for our schools in 2023. But unfortunately, the Assembly has not received any amount for the execution of these projects. These projects are carefully selected to positively affect the lives of our people in the district. The DACF budget for the year is GH¢2,969,379.98 and as at August 2023, the Assembly receive only GH¢450,515.84 representing 15.17%.

Hon. Presiding Member, the IGF budget for the year is GH¢240,223.67 and as at September 2023, we are able to collect GH¢136,243.00 representing 56.71%.

Hon. Presiding Member, the inability of the Assembly to receive inflows from its revenue sources envisaged (DACF, DPAT and IGF) have affected our plans for the year.

The detailed performance of the Third Quarter 2023 Annual Action Plan in respect of specific programmes, projects and activities implemented under the various Development Dimensions of the National Development Framework –Agenda for Jobs; creating prosperity and equal opportunities for all carried out during the year is presented in the table below.

S/No.Development Dimension3rd Qtr. 2023
PlanExec
 Economic development1910
 Social development5021
 Environment, Infrastructure and Human Settlement2412
 Governance, Corruption and Public Accountability3114
 Emergency Planning and Response21
 Implementation, Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation21