The Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture Mrs. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for Prestea Huni-Valley Constituency on Monday 4th January 2020 commissioned a 2-unit KG block at Dwabeng in the Municipality. The building which is a Kg block has two classrooms, a dining hall, washroom, kitchen, toilet, teachers’ quarters’ staff common room, a mechanized borehole, and a storeroom.
The Ceremony was graced by the Nananom, Municipal Chief Executive, Municipal coordinating Directors, Heads of the various Departments as well as parents and teachers.
The Odikro of Dwabeng Nana Asante II expressed his gratitude to the Member of Parliament and the government of Ghana for the kind gesture. He also used the opportunity to make known the need of the community. He pleaded with the MP to help build a teacher’s quarters for the community and also asked the MCE to help the community complete their community center.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Dr. Isaac Dasmani assured the Chiefs and people of Dwabeng of his full support and also promised to support the community in any way he can. He finally pleaded with the people to practice a good maintenance culture to preserve the faculty.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi expressed her joy at the completion of the project. She outlined some benefits of education to the individuals and called upon parents and guardians to enroll their children of school-going age in schools and also strive to get the best of education for their children.
Lastly, she expressed her disappointment at the outcome of the just ended Presidential and Parliamentary elections. She thanked all the dignitaries and people gathered for the occasion.
The Prestea Huni valley municipal has commissioned a one number two-unit classroom block at Damang in the Prestea Huni valley municipal. The building which is a Kg block has two classrooms, a dining hall, washroom, kitchen, toilet, teachers’ quarters’ staff common room, a mechanized borehole, and a storeroom.
Nana Amoakwa who was represented by the Ga Adamgbe chief said, that the number of works done in the Municipality by the Member of Parliament is more than those done by the 8 years of the previous government. He was optimistic that even though Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi lost her seat she will get a ministerial appointment and if she does, she should not forget the municipality especially Damang.
The education director who was represented by Mr. Buabeng said the facility was part of the governments’ effort to extend teaching and learning to all. The development of every nation depends on learning. that was why it is great to start with the little ones. He applauded the municipality for ensuring that the little ones move from poor rooms to good classrooms. He pleaded with the community and all stakeholders who have a role to play to ensure that the building lasts long for the next generation to also benefit from it.
The MCE said within the four years of the NPP Damang has had its fair share of the national cake as sod had been cut for a new market and an Arts training center at Damang. He promised to continue to bring development to Damang. Most of the projects were built by goldfields but the assembly can now boast of some projects in Damang. He urged the teachers to take good care of the facility. He said the facility is meant for children and not for the elderly hence the entire community should desist from using it.
The headmistress of the school was pleased that the assembly and the MP responded to their plea for classroom block. She however pleaded for additional classroom block for their primary school as it is a new school. They also requested trained teachers as only one NABCO person is teaching in the school. The rest are all community teachers. They finally requested for school feeding.
The MP Lawyer Barbara Oteng Gyasi on her part thanked God for bringing us unto a new year. She said to ensure all children benefit from schooling the president brought about free SHS. She added that to improve technical and vocational education in the country, the president is building a state of the arts Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) will be built in the country and one will be built at Aboso. On tourism, she said to improve tourism in the country, and arts training school is being built at Damang to improve upon knowledge of the citizenry on bead making, textile making, leatherwork among others.
For building is to ensure that Kindergarten and basic infrastructure in the municipality are improved so that the children get quality schooling. Parents should do their part by ensuring that their children go to school to learn a learn well, she said. learning today will help them in different spheres of life tomorrow. Mrs. Oteng Gyasi emphasized that the assembly and the government are doing their part but are up to the children to also go to school, learn and become good citizens. The child she said is the father of a man. meaning what the child will do now will determine his future and the children today will give birth to men tomorrow. It is up to the children to also do their part. Finally, she said Government has tasked the gender minister to ensure that school feeding is sent to all schools.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality Hon. Isaac Dasmani (Ph.D.) was happy to be in the midst of farmers whose toil played an important role in the development of the Municipality. In his address, he said without Agriculture we cannot realize the United Nation sustainable development goal which requires that we seek sustainable solutions to end hunger in all its forms. Since independence agriculture has been the backbone of the country, He added.
According to him, the lesson of covid 19 has created a new sense of awareness about building a strong food resilient and other dependence on import. His focus is to see agriculture as a business that responds to the economic growth of the country and not to only feed the household. This he said Planting for food and jobs will help to address the food challenges. He was impressed with the importance of the theme (Ensuring Agribusiness Development under covid 19 challenges and opportunities) as it will help cut down import bills and create employment, poverty reduction, ensures food security, and raising the income level of farmers and fishermen. If everybody is well fed, they will be able to contribute their quate to national development he added.
In other to reduce Post-harvest losses the government is constructing feeder roads, warehouses and improving market places. Dr. Dasmani stressed that five years tax holiday has been given to Ghanaian owned agro processing companies which use locally produced agricultural inputs like the raw material base. Also, Seven Thousand Four Hundred (7400) oil palm seedlings have been distributed to farmers within the Municipality with the help of the Mineral Development Fund. Three Thousand Five Hundred and Fifty-One (3651) farmers were registered with DCAT. One Thousand One Hundred and Seventy-Two (1172) farmers. Three Thousand Six Hundred and Eight (3608) subsidized fertilizers, Two Thousand Four Hundred and Seventy-Five (2475) seed maize were supplied to farmers by September. Also, Free chemicals for fall armyworm were given out for 906 acres of land.
Mr. Gabriel Agyaglo the Municipal Agric Director suggested to the various institutions to adopt various categories of the farmer’s day awards to make it unique in the country. Just as AngloGold Ashanti is sponsoring the overall best Municipal Best farmers Award, and Goldfields Damang mine is sponsoring the overall Municipal best farmers award. He said he can see the path given way to a new dawn where agriculture would no more be treated as a way of life because of how the government flagship programmer is doing well in the Municipality.
Mr. Akoka Salifu of (Bondye Mempeasem) was adjudged the overall best municipal best farmer. He was given a Tricycle, 4 Wellington. Boots, 10 Fertilizer, 4 Knapsack, 4 Cutlass, 4 Insecticide, 4 Weedicide, 2 Watering Can, 1 Radio, 1 Flat Screen TV, and 1 Wax Print. Mr. Forda Raphael Kwasi of Wassa Asikuma has also adjudged the 1st runner-up. He was given a tricycle 4 Wellington Boot, 10 Fertilizers, 4 Knapsacks, 4 Cutlass, 4 Insecticides, 4 Weedicide, 2 Watering cans, 1 Radio, 1 Mattress 1 Flat Screen TV, 1 Wax Print, 1 Refrigerator, and 1 Bicycle. Madam Lydia Tawiah of Amoanda. Who was the overall best Female farmer received a Tricycle, 4 Wellington Boots, 5 Fertilizer, 1 Knapsack, 4 Cutlass, 1) Sewing Machine, 1) Radio, 1) Iron Sheet, 1) Flat Screen TV and a 0.5 piece Wax Print.
The Member of Parliament for Prestea Huni-valley Constituency and the Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture Lawyer Barbara Oteng- Gyasi has commissioned a one number Community-Based Health Planning and services (CHPS) compound with ancillary facilities at Atwereboanda in the Prestea Huni- Valley Municipality. The ultra-modern facility is made up of an OPD, delivery room, male and female ward, offices, washrooms mechanized borehole, staff quarter (two chambers and hall with kitchen and furniture, beds, washroom.
The legislator reiterated the government’s commitment to improving equity to access the basic needs of Ghanaians. She disclosed that it was due to that, the government introduced the one constituency one million dollars. It was out of this that lots of bridges in the constituency are being built, she said. lots of kindergartens (KG) blocks are also built and Lots of communities that do not have water are and will benefit from such funds, she added.
The MP was happy that one of the needs of Atwereboanda and its environs have been fulfilled. she hinted that their request for a telecommunication network will soon be fulfilled. She added that their roads have also been sent for approval to be considered among the cocoa roads.
She solicited for their votes to help her and the NPP government to continue their good work. She tasked them to consider how well the president handled the coronavirus case, his plans for farmers such as an increased in cocoa prices, pollination, pruning, and subsidized fertilizers.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the Prestea Huni- Valley Municipality Dr. Isaac Dasmani on his part thanked all the technocrats who worked hard in establishing the nice edifice. She promised to follow up to ensure the sustainability of the building. And to do this he pleaded for one more term in office by voting the member of parliament and the Akuffo Addo government into power.
By: Matilda Ansah
On Thursday, 18th June, the member of parliament of Prestea Huni- Valley constituency Lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi together with the Municipal Chief Executive Dr. Isaac Dasmani commissioned a 6-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at St. Augustine’s Senior High School at Bogoso in the Prestea Huni- Valley Municipal Assembly
Mrs. Barbara Oteng- Gyasi explained that, the infrastructure is part of government’s agenda to promote free and quality education in the country. she encouraged the people gathered to support government’s vision to educate every child of school going age. She further talked about some projects she as a member of parliament has undertaken for her constituency. Some of which are kindergarten blocks and ICT centers for the municipal. She finally called on the teachers and guardians gathered to encourage and motivate students to make good use of these facilities given them. She also pleaded with the teachers to observe proper maintenance culture to help sustain the project which will engender more projects to come to the Municipal.
According to the Municipal Chief Executive of the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipal Assembly, Dr. Isaac Dasmani the project was constructed by the tidal Consult at a cost of five hundred and forty-nine thousand, six hundred and forty-eight Ghana cedis.
He also called upon the authorities of the school to keep the building in good shape because it will be checked on from time to time.
Finally, the headmistress of the school, Mrs. Mary Yamson expressed her profound gratitude to the Member of Parliament and the government for the kind gesture.
In her quest to resolve the challenges facing the health sector in her area, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Prestea Huni-valley Constituency, lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi has donated medical equipment to the Aboso health center to improve healthcare delivery.
The equipment included, ward and delivery beds, trolleys, oxygen mask and tubes, resuscitation equipment, blood culter holders, infusion stands, catheters, plastic tray, and galipots.
Other items included, pillows, surgical gloves and sponge, theatre gowns, bedsheets, ventilation bags, gallons, cotton wools, and waste containers.
The donation of the items was made with aid from Mrs. Akufo-Addos Rebecca Foundation at a brief ceremony held in Aboso.
Addressing the gathering, Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi, said she is hopeful the equipment would go a long way to improve on healthcare delivery at the health center to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all constituents to actualize the sustainable development goal 3(SDG).
The MP who also doubles as the minister for tourism, arts and culture touted some projects and social intervention policies she has undertaken to improve the living standards of her constituents, which includes the installation of an incubator and expansion of the children’s ward at the Prestea government hospital, construction of CHPS compound at Insu-siding and Beppo-Ehyireso
Other interventions include; free health screening, free registration and renewal of health insurance cards and the introduction of the Obaapa Micro Loan Scheme which seeks to extend small loans and other basic financial assistance to women that do not have access to capital.
She revealed that the government through GIHOC will soon begin the operation of the once vibrant company, Aboso Glass factory to manufacture and supply bottles for the beverage industry, this she believes will provide employment for the teeming youth in the area.
The minister added: While much more needs to be done to improve the lives of people in the area, the government has overseen real progress in recent years, for example, the introduction of Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) which prioritized the employment of the youthful population.”
She said, government is putting farmers at heart by reducing the cost of fertilizers, providing free mass spraying, introduction of Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) and distribution of palm seedlings to be cultivated to serve as raw materials for the Oil Palm factory earmarked for construction at Prestea under governments flagship program One District One Factory (1D1F).
Mr Edmund Tetteh, physician assistant receiving the items on behalf of the health centre commended the MP for the donation adding it will go a long way to help improve quality health care at the centre.
He assured the MP that, the equipment would be put to good use for the full benefit of all involved.
The MP was jointly assisted by George Mireku Duker, MP for Tarkwa Nsuaem constituency, Mozart K. Owuh, MCE for Prestea Huni-valley, Abbeam Danso, NPP Prestea Huni-valley constituency chairman, Queen mother of Bompieso, NPP constituency executives, Assembly members and residents