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Ashanti Regional Minister Swears Into Office 39 Confirmed MMDCEs In Ashanti Region



Mr Simon Osei Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister has sworn into office thirty-nine confirmed MMDCES into office today at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.

Speaking at the event ,the minister noted that “On Sunday, 19th September 2021, the Minister for Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Hon. Dan Botwe, released the list of two hundred and sixty (260) nominees of H.E. the President of the Republic of Ghana, for the position of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives. Since then, feverish arrangements were made for the confirmation process as required by Law and we thank God that we are gathered here today as a result of a very successful process.”

According to him,”It is therefore my pleasant duty this morning, to discharge this sacred duty of swearing into office, thirty-nine (39) out of the forty-three (43) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives here in the Ashanti Region.
On behalf of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana and the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council, I wish to warmly congratulate you, first, on your nomination by His Excellency and your subsequent confirmation by your respective Assemblies to the position of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.
My sincerest gratitude goes to His Excellency the President of the Republic for taking the necessary steps, pursuant to Article 243 clause (1) of the 1992 Republican Constitution and section 20 subsection (I) of the Local Governance Act, 2016 Act 936, to fulfil this important constitutional requirement of the nomination and election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.
I also wish to commend all Hon. Assembly members for successfully exercising their statutory mandate in the confirmation of the nominated MMDCEs. Let me put on record, that Twenty-three (23) of the nominees received one hundred percent (100%) approval from their Assemblies.

This is remarkable and we are grateful to Assemble Members for the confidence reposed in the nominees of H.E. the President.
My Confirmed Nominees, as you are ushered into the realm of leadership at your Assemblies, please bear in mind that the task ahead is arduous and calls for total commitment and dedication. Let me stress that work starts immediately. There is no time for honeymoon.
As representatives of the central government at the local level, your duties and responsibilities, among others, as stipulated under section 20 sub section (2) of the Local Governance Act, 2016, Act 936, include the following:
To be responsible for the day-to-day performance of the executive and administrative functions of the District Assembly.
To be responsible for the Supervision of Departments of the Assembly.
To preside at meetings of the Executive Committee of the District Assembly.
The Members of Parliament, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, the position of a Chief Executive requires that you be a team player and be tolerant to all views. Humility and respect for all, is the watchword. Vigilance is primarily, key to your work. You are expected to work closely with your Co-ordinating Directors and the technocrats within your administration; co-operate with your Hon.Member of Parliament, Hon. Presiding Members, Assembly members, Heads of Decentralized Departments and indeed, all the relevant stakeholders at the local level to engender the much-needed development in your jurisdiction. “He noted.
Ashanti is a region of rich traditions and culture where the chieftaincy institution is highly revered. You are to give reverence to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, and all other Chiefs in the Region.
You need the support of all key stakeholders to successfully deliver on your mandate, taking into consideration the varied challenges that will need to be addressed in the interest of the people. The challenges may be daunting, but I must say, are surmountable. Gird up your loins to address the many challenges that will confront you including the following:
Security Issues
Low Local Economic Development
Low Internal Revenue Generation
Building in Unauthorized areas
Building in Road Reservations
Illegal mining in some areas, and
“I am confident and trust in the capabilities and competence of each one of you to deliver. It is, therefore, my expectation that you will stay focused and committed to deepening the gains made in the implementation of the numerous social-interventions, policies and programmes introduced by government to bring about a remarkable improvement in the standards of living of Ghanaians, as well as the realization of the government’s transformational agenda.
Your mandate as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives can be successfully executed if you pay the needed attention to the broader functions of the Assemblies as stipulated under section 12 and 13 of the Local Governance Act, 2016, Act 936 and other relevant legislation and legal Instruments of the Local Government System.
We should demonstrate high level of humility and respect for all persons irrespective of status, religion, sex and ethnicity. Kindly eschew corrupt practices and ensure transparency in all that you do.
As is the practice, I wish to assure you that, the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development will put together a comprehensive Orientation programme for you to enable you take off on the right footing.
Hon. Members of Parliament, Confirmed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, Hon. Presiding Members, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of H.E the President of the Republic of Ghana and the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council, I once again, wish to express my profound appreciation to our Hon. Members of Parliament, Hon. Presiding Members, Hon. Assembly Members, traditional authorities and all those who in diverse ways, contributed to the successful confirmation of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives. Without your support, co-operation, and desire to advance the cause of development of the Assemblies, this would not have been possible.
I will urge you to continue to give the Chief Executives your fullest support to make their term of office a successful one. I am optimistic that when history is written, we will all be mentioned as part of the success story.
On this note, I have singular honour to swear into office, the thirty-nine (39) confirmed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives out of the forty-three (43) nominated by His Excellency the President.
May the Good Lord Bless the Ashanti Region and our Homeland Ghana! Than.”He concluded


President Akuffo Addo begins 4-day tour of Ashanti




The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Monday October 17, 2022 visit the Kumasi based OTEC 102.9 FM for a an exclusive interview on their breakfast show “Nyansapo “

The regular host of the show who happens to be one of the popular broadcasters in the region, Andrews Korankye Akuoko, affectionary known as Captain Koda will moderate the show.

The visit forms part of a four-day tour of the Ashanti Region which begun on Sunday October 16, 2022.

President Akufo-Addo commenced his tour with a church service at the Saint Cyprians Anglican Church at Fante New in the Kumasi Metropolis.

President Akuffo Addo will later call on the Asante Otumfour Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace after which he will proceed to inspect the ongoing works at Boankra Inland Port Project.

The president will also Commission the long waited Konongo Municipal Hospital in the Asante Akyem Central Municipality.

The president will among other things get comprehensive briefings of security situation in the region from the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and Meeting with Security Officers at Headquarters of Central Command IDRIS Barracks.

One of the major highlights of the tour is the sod cutting event of the four tier Suame Interchange, and per the schedule, President will cut the sod on Tuesday October 18, 2022 which happens to be the third day of his tour.



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National | Politics: Early NPP Flagbearer elections will ensure enough time to prepare for 2024 polls – Subin MP




There are fresh calls within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for an early congress to elect the flagbearer of the party ahead of the 2024 election.

The party is yet to announce modalities for the election of the person to lead the NPP into the next election.

Several names of bigwigs in the party like Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremanten and others have come up as persons who may contest the flagbearership position.

But speaking to JoyNews, MP for the Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi noted that electing the flagbearer early affords the party and the individual enough time to prepare for what will be a crucial election in 2024.

“Going by experience, my view is that let us hold the super delegates as early as say next spring, March thereabouts, give them four or five months to campaign around the country. By August when Parliament is on recess like this, we vote for both Parliamentary and Presidential, get it off the way.

“The most important thing is that we must look at the party. Akufo-Addo will not be a candidate in 2024 so whoever the candidate will be at that time is the one we should be aiming at selecting, partnering the President in terms of all these Regional tours the President is doing,” he said.

The Legislator recounted how late the party elected its Flagbearer prior to the 2008 elections which he said affected the outcome of the election results.

For this reason, Eugene Boakye Antwi believes the party must not delay in electing its flagbearer for the 2024 elections.

“I am saying that because of what happened to Akufo-Addo in 2008… Nana Akufo-Addo had only about six months to campaign at that time Mills and Mahama had split up the country into two and going various ways, it did affect us,” he recalled.

According to him, the early election of the Flagbearer has the tenacity to affect the outcome of the elections since it affords the party enough time to campaign.

“You give the flagbearer six months before the end of the year so any housekeeping duties will be dealt with at the time…just before Christmas, they hit the ground running they have one year to campaign and you will see the results,” he noted.

Source: Myjoyonline

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Politics: NDC starts constituency elections next week, National Congress slated for December 17




The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has approved guidelines for the Party’s constituency, regional, and national elections for the next three months.

About  7,900 executives are expected to be elected in a total of 876 elections at the constituency, regional, and national elections.

The Party’s Branch elections, held in about 29,000 branches of the Party across the country, is expected to be completed next week to pave way for the next round of elections.

Per the guidelines, the Party will hold its Constituency elections between 22nd and 23rd October, 2022, while the regional elections would be held between 12th and 13th November, 2022.

The National Congress will be held on December 17, 2022.

Addressing a news conference in Accra on Thursday, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary, NDC, said all aspirants must be members in good standing and must have joined the Party for at least 4 years.

He said a 5-member elections committee would be constituted to supervise the elections at all levels.

Mr Nketia said nomination forms for all the elections would be made available online and that payment for picking and filing of nomination forms would be done electronically.

The NDC will open nominations for its Constituency elections between 20th and 22nd September, 2022, and filing of nominations is slated for 28th to 29th September, 2022.

The nominees would be vetted between 30th September and 2nd October, 2022, and the hearing of appeals would be done on October 5, 2022.

Mr Asiedu Nketia said the opening of nominations at the regional elections would be done between  October 6 and  October 7, 2022, and the filing of nominations between October 14 and October 15, 2022.
He said the main regional elections would be heralded by the Regional Youth Organiser and Women’s Organiser conferences slated for November 11, 2022.

Regarding the National Congress, the NDC will open nominations between 20th and 21st October, 2022, and filing of nominations would be received from 5th November, to  6th November, 2022.

“We will hold the National Youth Organiser and Women conferences on Saturday, December 10, 2022, and the main national Congress will be held on December 17, 2022,” Mr Nketia said.

Filling fees

The NDC said persons living with any form of disability would be offered 50 per cent discount on the filing fees at all levels.

Mr Nketia said aspirants for the Constituency Chairmanship position would pay a filing fee of GHS600 while those vying for the Constituency Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser,  Treasurer, and Communications Officer positions will pay GHS400.

Aspirants for the Regional Chairmanship positions would pay a filing fee of GHS 4,000, and those vying for the Regional, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser,  Treasurer, and Communications Officer positions will pay GHS3,000.

“The Youth, Women, and Zongo Caucus Coordinators will pay GHS2,000 and all other deputies will pay GHS1,500,” Mr Nketia said.

The Party said it was yet to finalise the guidelines for the national elections.

As part of measures to address challenges associated with the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN), Mr Nketia said the Party had resolved that any TEIN Branch must have been credited for at least since 2020 to be eligible to participate in the elections.

Source: GNA


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