The MA has representations of 10 decentralised departments though some of the departments do not have the full complement of the units required for the department. The statuses of the departments are as follows:
- Central Administration
- Department of Food and Agriculture
- Education and Sports-GES
- Works Department
- Department of Social Welfare and Community Development
- Trade and Industry -Department of Cooperative
- Disaster Prevention and Management-NADMO
- Physical planning-Town and country Planning
Other organisations are
- National Service
- Centre for National Culture
- Electoral Commission,
- Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS)
- Police Service
- A functioning Magistrate Court
Some functions of these organisations include
- Carrying out educational campaigns on government policies and programmes.
- Mobilising people for community participation.
- Arbitrations functions
- Security and
- Other structures that assist in governance and planning are
- The Traditional Authorities,
- Youth Associations
- Town Development Committees
- Religious bodies
These other structures exercise much influence on the community and very helpful in governance such as mobilisation of persons for implementation of programmes and projects.
Municipal Assembly Substructures
The Assembly is made of 55 Assembly persons. The composition of the Assembly persons is as follows:
- 36 Elected persons ( 3 Females)
- 16 Appointed persons
- 2 Members of Parliament ( A male and a female)
- The Municipal Chief Executive
The Assembly has six substructures (1 urban and 5 area councils). The substructures for now are not functioning. However, with interventions from NORPREP and CBRDP we hope to fully operationalise the substructures in the 2006-2009 plan period.
Key Development Problems
- Non functioning substructures
- Politicisation of issues
- Chieftaincy divide
- Inadequate staff
- Inadequate logistical support for decentralised department
- Inadequate accommodation for staff
Districts Assemblies' Common Fund
The District Assemblies’ Common Fund receipts for the 1st and 2nd quarters for 2006 summed up to One billion, six hundred and fifty million, five hundred and thirty-nine thousand, nine hundred and eighty-four (01,650,539,984.00). This amount is being basically used to service outstanding debts in respect of projects awarded in 2005. Indeed some of the outstanding bills may have to be carried over to 2007. The list of these projects was captured in the DCE’s 3rd Sessional Address.
Hon. Presiding Member, Ladies and Gentlemen, other funds received during the period under review include the following: Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC). An amount of three hundred and sixty million cedis (£360,000,000.00) was received. This amount has been used to undertake the construction of the following projects: 1No. 6-RoomTeachers' Quarters at Kpong at a total cost of #250 million cedis. The project is at roofing level. 2 No. 3-Classroom Blocks at Nanton and Tampion at a total cost of #350 million cedis each.
Whilst the Nanton project is completed and put to use, the one at Tampion is still at sub-structure level. Unfortunately, funds for the HIPC projects have ceased to flow, a situation which has brought two of the projects to a stand still. The Assembly is making every effort to impress upon the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment to release funds for the completion of the projects.
Ghana AIDS Commission/M-SHAP
The sum of One hundred and ninety-eight million, five hundred thousand cedis (198,500,000.00) has been received under the M-SHAP for 2No. Non Governmental Organizations, 3No. Community Based Organizations and INo. Faith Based Organization to carry out activities on the Prevention and Behavioural Change Communication on HIV/AIDS; as well as Research, Surveillance and Monitoring and Evaluation.
District Directorate of Health
As you are no doubt aware the Assembly constructed a 24-Bed Ward for the Savelugu Hospital. Works on the project was completed in July 2006 and was consequently taken over by the Assembly. I am happy to inform you that the facility is in use.
Through the initiative of a son of this land, a Saudi philanthropist donated a sum of Fifty-three million cedis (053,000,000.00) to the Savelugu Hospital. This amount has been used to provide basic equipment for the ward.
National Youth Employment Programme
The National Youth Employment Programme took off in the District in June 2006. Three hundred (300) people carefully selected district wide are benefiting from the Agric-Business module of the programme. A total of 600 acres of maize have been ploughed with each beneficiary taking (2) acres.
The distribution of the beneficiary farmers per each of the zones in the district is as follows: -
- Savelugu 105
- Diare 50
- Nanton 120
- Pong-Tamale 25
Cost of ploughing the 600 acres was borne by the Assembly from its Poverty Alleviation Fund. So far only 750 bags of compound fertilizer have been received from the Ministry of Manpower and Employment as against One thousand, two hundred bags (1,200) expected.
A three member Task Force Monitoring Team which comprise the following have been formed:
- The District Youth Coordinator
- District MoFA Director
- The NADMO Co-ordinator
Their basic function will be paying regular monitoring visits to the farmers and providing them with professional advice and support where necessary. The underlisted packages are also in progress under the programme: 60 Youth have been registered for pupil teaching 55 Youth being registered for employment as Auxiliary
- 60 Youth registered for employment as Community Policing/Protection Volunteers
- 40 Youth Are being registered to benefit from an (ICT) Information Communication Technology training.
- 60 persons will be considered under Waste and Sanitation Management
Hon. Presiding Member, Assemblypersons, it is now crystal clear to every Tom, Dick and Harry that the NPPs campaign message of turning the fortunes of the nation around through the creation of jobs and moving the country to a middle income status by the year 2015 as enshrined in GPRS II is not a rhetoric. I wish to urge all good meaning citizens irrespective of their political affiliations to lend their support behind the government to improve upon the living standards of the people.
Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)
Ladies and gentlemen, I am also pleased to inform you that Savelugu/Nanton District is one of the 25 lucky districts nationwide selected to benefit from the Millennium Challenge Account. MOU for the commencement of implementation had been signed, and very soon we shall start seeing the fruits of the multi-billion cedi grant in the District. In this respect, the Assembly is making feverish preparations to take advantage of the various packages under the programme.
Ghana School Feeding Programme
The NEPAD School Feeding Programme now called Ghana School Feeding Programme commenced implementation shortly before schools closed last term at the Kpalan R/C Primary School. Impact of the programme has been tremendous in terms of increase enrolment. Again, May I reiterate my call on parents not to refuse to send their children to school on account of poverty since the Capitation Grant and the School Feeding Programme have come to solve this problem.
The other schools selected to benefit from the programme in order of priority are as follows:
Name of School:
1. Nyolugu Primary School
2. Dohi Primary School
3. Sahani Primary School
4. Zoonaayili Primary School
Experience gathered from the Kpalan implementation has been that the communities are apathetic towards the programme. This is because the construction of the kitchen which was a pre-requisite for the selection is yet to be done. I wish to appeal to the Kpalan and Kodugzegu communities through their Assemblyman to be more patriotic and rise up to the challenge. Similar appeal is being made to the Assemblypersons of the other selected communities, that they should start constructing their kitchens more especially the people of Nyolugu since they will be enjoying the facility come the beginning of next term.
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