GA EAST NABCO ORIENTATION: MCE IMPLORES BENEFICIARIES TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY SERIOUS TO ADVANCE THEIR LIVES AND FUTURE CAREERS

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), for Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has charged prospective beneficiaries of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme in the municipality to take serious the opportunity offered them by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to improve their living conditions and advance their future careers.

She made this call at the opening of an orientation programme for the NABCO trainees at Abokobi.

The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), is one of the initiatives of the Nana Addo-led government meant to create opportunities for the Ghanaian youth to be employed to live decent lives.

Under the NABCO programme, the average District in Ghana is expected to engage at least 350 trainees, each earning Seven Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC700.00), plus training costs, and will bring over Three Million Ghana Cedis (GHC3,000,000.00) each year to the District.

As part of the full roll-out of the programme, successful candidates in the interview conducted at the various government agencies or institutions a couple of months ago are to undergo an orientation training programme.

Following this, a Passing-Out ceremony is expected to be organized for the beneficiaries which is tentatively scheduled to take place between 5th and 7th October, 2018.

The NABCO trainees are to be assessed by three (3) Key Performance Indicators (KPI); Knowledge, Punctuality, and Integrity and would be evaluated quarterly.

They are expected to PASS two quarterly evaluations, that is, end of December, 2018 and March, 2019, before a substantive letter of employment is issued to them.

The NABCO orientation kicked off across all district centres in the country on Monday and it was the turn of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and Members of  Parliament (MPs), from Tuesday, to engage the trainees on what is expected of them.

Addressing the prospective beneficiaries at Abokobi, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, told them not to downplay the benefits of the programme but take full advantage of it to enhance their life.

“The government, through the NABCO, has offered this great opportunity for the youth of this country to develop their future careers through the huge investment in the human capital development of graduates from our tertiary institutions. So, I implore you to take this opportunity offered by the government seriously to build your future careers.

She again urged the trainees to endear themselves to the rationale for the programme and advised them to work assiduously in order to achieve targets set for them.

“The rationale for the establishment of the NABCO is to instill a sense of sacrifice and patriotism as nation builders and what it means to say “I am a Nation Builder”. To this effect, we expect you to demonstrate good work ethics and be an example of good citizenship.”

The Ga East Municipal NABCO Coordinator, Elisha Kwame Apiedu, also advised the prospective beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity offered under the NABCO programme.

“This initiative is directly under the Office of the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to the Local Government level so there is a lot expected of you as Nation Builders. You need not to focus on the allowance but on the job at hand to gain good experience and at the least, improve your CV with this initiative.”

The ceremony was graced by the Presiding Member (PM), Hon. Jesse Nii Noi Anum, and Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Mr. Joshua Adams Asihene.

Other officials who were present included the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Assembly, Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman, Municipal Information Officer (MIO), Paul Asagba, Head of Management Information System (MIS), Philemon Acquah and Assistant Human Resource Manager (HRM), Juliet Oppong.

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By: Andrew Tagoe   

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GA EAST MCE SETS RECORDS STRAIGHT ON DEMOLITION OF UNAUTHORIZED UNCOMPLETED STRUCTURES ON GAEC LANDS AT HAATSO

The Municipal Chief Executive of the Ga East Municipal Assembly, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has stated that the Assembly carried out last Saturday’s demolition exercise on the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) lands at Haatso and not conducted by the military and police as it is published by a section of the media.

She has also debunked assertion that 15 houses were pulled down in the exercise but rather 33 unauthorized uncompleted structures were demolished.

She revealed this in a Press Statement presented at Press Conference on Monday, 27th August, 2018 at Abokobi.

According to the statement, the demolition exercise carried out on the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission lands on Friday, 27th July and Saturday, 25th August, 2018. This was to curtail impunity with which some developers in the municipality are illegally building on state lands.

The press statement was to correct public perception and the negative reportage leveled against the Ga East Municipal Assembly.

In her statement, she highlighted on key issues regarding the demolition exercise;

  1. Per the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936), the Assembly is mandated to be responsible for the overall development of the district, promote and support productive activity, social development in the district and remove any obstacles to initiative and
  2. The Ga East Municipal Assembly, in collaboration with Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) have carried out two (2) separate demolishing exercises on Friday, 27th July and Saturday, 25th August, 2018 respectively, following the advice of the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC).
  3. Both the Ga East Municipal Assembly Task-Force and the Task-Force of GAEC had given warning notices thus, “STOP WORK AND PRODUCE PERMIT”. Despite all these notices, the illegal developers have defied the orders of the Assembly and have gone ahead to build with impunity.
  4. The Executive Instrument (EI) 75 of 1973 that acquired the land for GAEC has not been amended. Hence, the land is still the property of the state and it is therefore the duty of the Assembly in collaboration with GAEC to protect State Property.
  5. Out of the 2,002.5 acres acquired by the State for GAEC, only 1,231 acres is left due to encroachment.
  6. From time to time, the Assembly embarks on demolition exercises to ensure that the laws are complied with.
  7. Before and after the first demolition exercise (which was partial), notices were served on all the unauthorized structures but they defied the orders. Reports indicated that these encroachers were operating at nights to outwit the security agencies. The attitude of the illegal developers triggered the second demolition exercise (full) on Saturday, 25th August, 2018
  8. That in carrying out its mandate, the Assembly is mindful of laws governing its operations. Hence, if developers fail to show sufficient cause why their structure should not be demolished, the district Planning Authority shall by notice order the owner or developer within one month to demolish their structure at a personal cost or face removal if the owner fails to comply.
  9. MCE laid emphasis on the fact that the demolition exercises were not targeted towards any individual like Dr. Hassan Ayariga as it was being reported by the Press and other Media Houses.
  10. The Assembly did not demolish any completed project for now, since it has to go through the necessary legal processes to demolish such structures.
  11. The story published by com stating that the police and military have demolished 15 houses at Haatso is false.
  12. The Exercise was sanctioned by the Municipal Security Council and was undertaken by the Assembly’s Task-Force. The police and military were only brought in to provide security.

The MCE also advised the media to cross-check their information critically before publishing such reports since they serve as a medium to educate and inform people.

She further advised the general public and all prospective developers to take necessary steps to acquire the appropriate Permit whether permanent or temporal structure.

The Director-General of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), Prof. Benjamin Nyarko, appealed to the government to do Land Title for the GAEC lands, this he emphasized would enable the Commission to construct fence wall around the property to ward off encroachers.

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By: Esther Obodai/Veronica Logo

 

MCE, HON. JANET TULASI MENSAH, MP, HON. LAWYER SARAH ADWOA SAFO, AND NPP DOME-KWABENYA CONSTITUENCY CHAIRMAN, MR. ROBERT OSEI BONSU, TODAY JOINTLY CUT SOD FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW MARKET FACILITIES AT THE DOME MARKET

 
The move forms part of the Assembly’s Markets Redevelopment Agenda
 
MCE, MP assured the market women of President Nana Addo’s commitment towards enhancing the livelihoods of women.
 
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GA EAST CELEBRATES AND HONOURS SENIOR CITIZENS TO MARK GHANA’S 58TH REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION – MCE ASSURES OF IMPROVED SOCIAL SERVICES, SENIOR CITIZENS APPEAL TO GOVERNMENT TO CAPTURE THEM ON NHIS

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has assured senior citizens of the municipality of the Assembly’s commitment towards improving social services in the municipality to their benefit. She made this remark as she hosted and honoured over Seventy (70) senior citizens to mark Ghana’s 58th Republic Day Celebration.

The event, the first time hosted outside Abokobi and with live band, was brief yet colourful and lively, as the senior citizens, from 65 years and above, danced to popular gospel, highlife and foreign tunes performed by the Graceland Combo Band.

Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah in her address acknowledged the diverse contributions of the senior citizens to the development of the municipality and the nation as a whole.

“Mr Chairman, I am indeed overwhelmed by the excellent role our noble Senior Citizens in Ga East continue to play in the advancement of the municipality. Their active efforts in the various Residents’ Associations have brought much needed socio-economic improvements in our society. These Associations run mostly by our senior citizens, have built Police Stations and constructed roads and drains in their communities, and continue to play a key role, as major stakeholders, in the relationship between the Assembly and our citizens.”

She assured the senior citizens of her commitment towards improving their social lives as the rest from long period of hard-work and selflessly dedicated and committed service to the municipality and the nation.

“It is important to acknowledge the efforts made in the past to advance the development of this municipality. However, much needs to be done now to fix the numerous teething socio-economic challenges we face which have direct impact on the lives of you, our dear senior citizens. One such major challenge is the deplorable state of our road network and drains.”

She appealed to them to support the Assembly with their rich experiences and advice to help her realize her vision of making Ga East Municipality among its peers.

The Hon. MCE also appealed to the general citizenry to make conscious efforts to advance the ideals and significance of the republican status of the nation.

“As we gather here today, it is appropriate for us to take a stock and soberly reflect on the impact of this day on our lives and the nation’s development.”

In a message to the people on social media prior to the event, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah charged them to avoid practices which impact negatively on their lives and the socio-economic progress of the municipality and the nation.

“Let us shun attitudes and practices which destroy our environment, retard our socio-economic development of our municipality and nation.”

Ten (10) persons were recognized and honoured as Senior Citizens with a citation while all participating senior citizens were each given a token of half piece cloth and cash amount as transportation.

The senior citizens were also treated to sumptuous local and continental dishes as well as assorted drinks.

The MCE for Adentan Municipal Assembly (AdMA), Hon. Nii Noi Adumuah, was among a host of dignitaries who graced the occasion.

By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman

Pictures: Edward Tetteh, Sefa Darkey and Stephen Quartey

 

GA EAST RESPONDS SWIFTLY TO FLOODING IN THE MUNICIPALITY WITH DREDGING IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS AND RIVERS/STREAMS – MCE, HON JANET TULASI MENSAH, HINTS ASSEMBLY TO CLAMP DOWN ON BUILDING REGULATIONS AND SANITARY OFFENDERS

As part of efforts to prevent further flooding and attendant damage to properties and loss of lives, the Ga East Municipal Assembly has began massive dredging exercise at flood-prone areas and rivers/streams and desilting of major drains throughout the municipality.

The exercise started yesterday, Friday, 22nd June, 2018 at Cossway Down, Agbogba and Musuku and is expected to continue from Ashongman Pure Water today and to other parts of the municipality.

The MCE, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, on Tuesday, after Monday’s downpour, led the Members of the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC), to inspect flood-hit areas in the municipality to assess the impact of the flood which destroyed several buildings and damaged roads and drains.

Speaking to GEMANEWS, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, said she was devastated by the situation and promised to do all she could to address it.

“Our municipality is very much affected by the floods and as you can see, we are here with the team from MUSEC and the Assembly, to see the situation and go back and plan towards fixing this challenge.”

She further disclosed that the Assembly is going to enforce the laws and ensure that structures built along waterways are demolished to forestall future occurrences.

She seized the opportunity to express her heartfelt sympathies with all affected residents and urged them to “cooperate with us as we strive to address the perennial flooding challenges in our municipality”.

Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah also chided people who dump refuse indiscriminately, charging them to desist from the practice or face severe sanctions.

It was discovered during the inspection that most gutters or drains and streams/rivers were choked with filth, mainly from polythene and plastics materials.