ADDRESS BY THE MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE HON. MARIAM IDDRISU DELIVERED AT A GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING OF THE SAGNARIGU MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY ON WEDNESDAY,
13TH MARCH, 2019 IN THE CONFERENCE HALL OF THE ASSEMBLY
HON. PRESIDING MEMBER
HON. ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
REVERED TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES
HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS AND UNITS
SECURITY PERSONNEL PRESENT
DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
I am honored to stand before this august house to deliver my sessional address and brief Honourable Assembly Members about some activities, projects, programmes and the state of our dear Municipality. Hon. Presiding Member, since the last ordinary meeting, the following projects, programmes and activities have taken place.
Girls Model School
Hon. Presiding Member, the AssembIy through the initiative of the Municipal Chief Executive and the Ghana Education Service (GES) the Sagnarigu Girls Models School was established in September 2017 in a temporary structure at Choggu Demonstration School, am delighted to inform the house that through the collaborative efforts of ActionAid and the Assembly, a permanent school block for the Girls Model School was successfully commissioned on 28th January, 2019 at Sagnarigu- Kukuo.
The school is purposely meant to promote and further the education of teenage mothers and other girls to empower them to take up leadership positions in future. The facility is a 3-Unit classroom block with an office, a storeroom, staff common room, library, changing room and toilet facilities. Ladies and Gentlemen, kindly permit me to seize this opportunity to thank His Royal Highness the Sagnari-Naa for the parcel of land and a cash donation of GHS20,000.00 towards the stocking of the library with books. Many thanks also go to the People’s Postcode Lottery of the United Kingdom and ActionAid for the funding and implementation of the project.
62nd National Independence Day Celebration
Hon. Presiding Member, as you are aware, the historic 62nd National Independence Day Celebration was jointly hosted by Tamale Metropolis and Sagnarigu Municipality on Wednesday, 6th March, 2019 at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium – the first national parade of its kind to be held outside the national capital, Accra.
The successfully colourful event, saw a high ranking list of dignitaries in attendance including Their Excellencies the Presidents of the Republic of Ghana and Niger, H.E the Vice President of Ghana, former Heads of State, Ministers of state, Members of Parliament, Overlords and Paramount Chiefs. Others in attendance included Council of State Members, top security officers, members of some diplomatic corps, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, Education Directors, Assembly Members from various District Assemblies, religious and opinion leaders and students.
This historic event, couldn’t have been successful without the support of everyone who looked forward to the Region hosting it. I would like to on behalf of the Hon. Regional Minister, his team and myself, express my heartfelt appreciation to everyone for their great support towards the successful hosting of the event, and putting Tamale and Sagnarigu on the national and international map.
Hon. Presiding Member, special appreciation goes to Hon. Assembly Members, staff of the Assembly and Education Directorate, and Zoomlion Ghana Ltd, for their dedication towards the event especially during the clean-up and beautification of Tamale and Sagnarigu. My singular gratefulness also goes out to Hon. Osman Jaato Alfred for leading his community for a massive clean-up exercise. Last but not the least and most importantly, distinctive acknowledgment goes to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his decision in choosing the Northern Region to host the parade.
Projects and Activities (Education)
Hon. Presiding Member, the following projects aimed at making education accessible to all as well as improve teaching and learning are ongoing within the Municipality. The projects are tabulated below as follows;
|No.||Project||Community||Funding Source||Implementation Status|
|1.||Construction of 3- Unit Classroom Block with ancillary facilities||Damankunyili||IPEP||Foundation|
|2.||Construction of 1No.3-Unit Classroom Block with office and store.||Sugashie||MOE||Roofed|
|3.||Construction and furnishing of 3-unit Classroom block, Office store and two (2) open urinal for St. Charles Lwanga R/C Primary.||St. Victor Major Seminary.||DACF||Plastering stage|
|4.||Construction of 1No. 3- Unit Classroom Block with Ancillary Facilities||Kpene
|5.||Construction of 1No. 3- Unit Classroom Block with Ancillary Facilities||Ngarun||IPEP||Block works|
|6.||Construction of 6-unit Classroom block with ancillary facilities at Oluma Emnimya E/A prim. sch.||Larini||GETFund||On-going|
|7.||Construction of 6-unit Classroom block with ancillary facilities at Nujom Rahaman Al-Islamiya prim.sch.||Nujomul||GETFund||Compleated and in use|
|8.||Construction of 2-Unit Kindergarten block||Choggu||GETFUND||Completed and in use|
|9.||Construction and furnishing of 3-unit Classroom block, office, store and 2-open urinal||Kpuntaliga||DACF||Roofing stage|
|10.||Construction of 1No. 3- Unit Classroom Block with Ancillary Facilities|| Gbalahi
|11.||Construction of 1No. 3- Unit Classroom Block with Ancillary Facilities||Gbirmah||IPEP||Block work|
|12.||Construction of 2-Unit Kindergarten block Zion Primary School.||Fuo||IPEP||
Distribution of Mono/Dual Desks to Public Schools
Hon. Assembly Members, ladies and gentlemen, the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly has seen the plight of our students in the various public Senior High Schools with respect to teaching and learning. Part of the reason can be attributed to the increase in enrollment of students due to the Free Senior High School education. In line with this and to make the students comfortable in class, the Assembly through the Education Directorate distributed 400 mono desks to three (3) Senior High Schools. 200 desks went to Kalpohin Senior High School, 100 desks to Northern School of Business (NOBISCO) and the remaining 100 to Islamic Senior High.
Hon. Presiding Member, the Assembly has also taken delivery of some dual desks and furniture from the Ghana Education Service (GES). The furniture received include; 235 duals desks and 52 tables and chairs for teachers. The items are currently undergoing fitting at the Assembly after which they will be distributed to some selected schools.
The Assembly is currently making efforts to ensure that more desks are provided for schools at all levels.
- WATER, HEALTH AND SANITATION
Sanitation and Open Defecation
Hon. Presiding Member, the Sagnarigu Municipality due to its urban and peri –urban nature and huge population, faces huge sanitation concerns on a daily basis. Regardless of this, the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly as part of its mandate has taken measures to curb this nuisance to make the Municipality clean and open defecation free.
With respect to ODF, the Sagnarigu Municipality through the efforts of Assembly Members, traditional authorities and the Environmental Health Unit, chalked great success in its efforts to declare more communities ODF. Through our efforts, six (6) communities (Batanyili, Kpunjinga, Nangbatigu, Low Cost No.1, Choggu Low Cost and Kalpohin Low Cost) have been declared ODF and this improved our position on the ODF league table from last place, to 23rd for the Northern Regional which was released on 4th January this year.
Indeed, this is not a position we clamor for, but it is a step in the right direction and a reminder that we should still forge ahead and aspire to ensure that our dear Municipality emerges top of the table. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is our hope and expectation that six (6) other communities (Kukpehi, Saguli, Kpuntaliga, Boakurugu, Santugu and Kalpohin Estate) which are ODF Basic (thus have at least 80% latrine coverage), will also be declared ODF soon, to improve our sanitation and position.
Zoomlion Litre Bin Installation
Hon. Presiding Member, the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly is not only interested in ending open defecation but it is also the desire of the Assembly to make the Municipality the cleanest in the country. As part of efforts, the Assembly in collaboration with Zoomlion Gh Ltd is installing 250No. 240 litre bins along some principal streets within the Municipality. Business owners in close proximity to the bins shall be made responsible for the maintenance and monitoring of the bins. The Assembly will also ensure that persons shall be charged spot fines for littering of refuse if caught.
Ladies and gentlemen, so far, about 80 bins have been installed along the Stadium around about through to Mariam Hotel, Agric traffic light and the main airport road. Hon. Presiding Member, with the approval of the House, the Assembly shall pay Zoomlion Gh. Ltd a sum of GHS2,000.00 each quarter (as and when DACF are released) for services that would be rendered with respect to the bins. Business owners shall also contribute to pay for the bins closer to them. I believe all these strategies will give our Municipality that facelift towards cleanliness.
Ghana First Project
Hon. Assembly Members, the Ghana First Company Ltd in collaboration with the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly, has initiated the construction of twenty-one (21) ultra-modern latrine facilities at selected communities in the Municipality. Currently, work is in progress in most communities and the facilities are at different stages of completion. Some of the beneficiary communities are; Shishegu, Gbolo, Kpalsi, Sognayili, Choggu and Kalpohin. Others include Nyanshegu, Gurugu and Kanvilli.
Distinguished guests, three (3) of these facilities had to be relocated due to various reasons. The relocated facilities include Kalpohin (Anglican School) to Jisonayili Market, Larini to Hill Top and Mmanayili to Wurishe. The major reasons accounting for the relocation had to do with factors such as encroachment on the land and the unsafe nearness of one facility to a VRA/NEDCo high tension pole. These facilities which range from 14 seater, 16 seater and 20 seater toilets upon completion, will be managed on a Public Private Partnership agreement with the Assembly.
Presidential Special Initiative
Hon. Presiding Member, the Ministry for Special Development Initiative as part of its efforts to promoting sanitation, is collaborating with the Assembly to construct eight (8) institutional latrines in selected communities within the Municipality. The beneficiary communities are; Fuo, Tuunayili, Gbanyamni, Kogni, Gurugu, Sagnarigu. Hon. Members, these facilities are also at various stages of completion with works ongoing.
One District One Ambulance
Hon. Presiding Member, as part of efforts by the government to improve efficiency in our emergency healthcare delivery, one (1) ambulance was last month delivered to the Municipality to improve accessibility to healthcare and emergency situations. This move forms part of the government’s objective to improve healthcare by providing each District Assembly with at least an ambulance. It is our hope that this ambulance will deliver the essential healthcare service it was given for.
|No.||Project||Community||Funding Source||Implementation Status|
|1.||Construction of 1No. Clinic and Ancillary Structures||Kogni
|2.||Construction of 1No. Clinic||Zagyuri||IPEP||Mobilization|
|3.||Construction of 1No. CHPS Compound||Tampe- Kukuo||DDF||Completed but not in use|
|4.||Construction of 1No. CHPS compound and ancillary facilities||Sorogu||DACF||Plastering stage|
|5.||Construction of 1No. Clinic||Katariga||IPEP||Sub structure|
|6.||Construction of 1No. Clinic and Ancillary Structures||Shishegu||DACF||Foundation|
Rearing for Food and Jobs (RFJ)
Hon. Presiding Member, as an agrarian based economy, the Government of Ghana remains resolute in ensuring that our beloved country is self-sufficient with respect to food supply. Modeled after the ongoing “Planting for Food and Job” (PFJ) flagship programme, the government this year intends to roll out what is dubbed “Rearing for Food and Jobs” (RJF) to facilitate growth in the livestock industry. The essence of this programme is geared towards increasing livestock production to meet the high demand for meat and reduce importation into the country. I wish to entreat our Assembly Members to act as stakeholders in promoting this initiative in their respective electoral areas for the benefit of our people and the country at large.
Hon. Assembly Members, with respect to the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, the campaign for this year has been launched and the expectation is that 1 million farmers nationwide will be enrolled. Also, operational modalities have been revised for adoption this year to ensure efficiency and value for money. It is my firm believe that with time, the Municipal Agriculture Department will update Assembly Members with relevant information regarding these programmes.
One Village One Dam (1V1D)
Hon. Assembly Members, Ladies and Gentlemen, closely linked with agriculture is the One Village One Dam initiative by the Government of Ghana. As part of the Government’s vision of a Ghana beyond aid, the One Village One Dam project is being carried out to serve agricultural and domestic purposes. With respect to agriculture, this initiative will ensure that our farmers can undergo all-year farming to not only increase agric output but also ensure that we are a net exporter of crops and livestock. In the Sagnarigu Municipality, twenty (20) sites have been handed over to respective contractors for the construction of the dams. Some of the beneficiary communities are, Sanga, Kpene, Katariga, Garizegu, Dungu, Kpawumo, Gbalahi, Kpuntaliga, Ngarun, Gbanyamni, Tuunayili, Kanvilli Kpawumo and Datalung.
Cashew /Shea Nut Plantation
Hon. Presiding Member, as part of efforts to promote the cultivation of cash crop towards foreign exchange, the Assembly is currently in the process of acquiring 100 acres of land at Kpuntaliga towards the cultivation of shea and cashew plantations. Hon. Members, these crops have been tagged as major cash crops in the country after the likes of cocoa and they have become crops worth investing in. The Assembly is also in the process of procuring and nursing the seedlings for registered farmers to benefit from. I want to use this opportunity to urge Hon. Assembly Members to seize this opportunity to also register to be beneficiaries of this important cash crop drive.
The Government in its quest to make agriculture one of its hub made district warehousing a key component of storing harvest. In line with this, the construction of a warehouse at Wovogu, which would serve as a storage facility for harvested agricultural produce has been undertaken.
- SOCIAL/RELIGIOUS INTERVENTIONS
Persons with Disability (PWD)
Hon. Presiding Member, on Saturday, 10th November 2018, a short ceremony was held at the premises of the Assembly to support a first batch of fifty-two (52) Persons with Disability with income generating items to improve their standards of living. These assorted items which were based on the request of the PWDs included refrigerators, sewing machines, soap making items, corn miller, metal containers, ruminants and foodstuffs among others. The essence of this move is to enable PWDs engage in business ventures which will serve as a source of income and ensure that they were self-dependent. In addition to the items, 42 PWDs were supported with school fees (GHS27,386.98) whiles another 6 PWDs were supported with GHS9,100.00 on health grounds. PWD association activities were also supported from their share of the District Assemblies Common Fund. This year, six (6) PWDs have been assisted with medical bills following requests by them for support.
Hon. Presiding Member, government has appreciated the role of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme in alleviating poverty. In furtherance to this, the government continues to expand the programme to cater for more people below the poverty line. The number of communities within the Municipality benefitting from the intervention stands at twenty-four (24). The 58th and current payment cycle has been done and it catered for 1,600 beneficiaries which comprises 913 new beneficiaries. Out of the total number of beneficiaries, 1,549 have so far been credited comprising 642 males and 907 females.
Vehicular Support to the Assembly
Hon. Presiding Member, as part of efforts to promote our decentralization agenda and promote efficiency in local governance, the Government of Ghana took a bold decision through the District Assemblies Common Fund Secretariat by providing motorbikes to all Hon. Assembly Members through their respective Assemblies. This move, is to support our hardworking Assembly Members in the discharge of their voluntary duties. In addition, the Assembly this year, took delivery of a Nissan Pickup vehicle as part of the Government’s move of providing each Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly with one vehicle. I want to use this opportunity to laud His Excellency, the President of Ghana for this bold move.
Hon. Presiding Member, I want to use this platform to also inform this august House that the Assembly tool delivery of a pickup vehicle from the Head Office of the Business Resource Centre (BRC) to assist the Municipal BRC office in the discharge of its duties. The said vehicle is currently in use by the Head of the BRC for official duties and it is our hope that all these means of mobility given us, will be put to good use for the benefit of the Municipality.
Hon. Presiding Member, through the lobbying skills of the Municipal Chief Executive, a Qatari Charity agreed to construct four (4) mosques in the Municipality. The beneficiary communities for these houses of faith are; Gburimah, Kasalugu, Taha and Kpene ( adjacent the Assembly complex).
The Assembly is still in discussions with the donors for more communities to benefit from this gesture as well as establish Quran Recitation Centers for our Islamic Units.
- YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Nation Builders Corps (NABCO)
Hon. Presiding Member, as you are aware, the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) is another flagship intervention programme by the Government aimed at engaging the skills and services of the teeming unemployed youth of Ghana. The programme, which in being run under seven (7) different modules is not only aimed at reducing the unemployment deficit we are facing as a country but it is also aimed at increasing revenue generation and promoting service delivery towards the development of the country. In the Sagnarigu Municipality, a total of Two-Thousand and Forty-Nine (2,049) successful applicants have been posted and are actively engaged under the programme especially at Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as other organizations that requested their services to serve mother Ghana.
Youth in Afforestation (Green Ghana)
Hon. Presiding Member, as you may be aware, about four hundred and fifty-eight (458) youth were engaged last year, in selected communities to plant and tend trees as part of the Green Ghana project. The project saw some trees being planted in schools, public places and along some roads. Sadly, some of the plants could not make it due to inadequate water, bush burning and harsh weather conditions among others. Hon. Presiding Member, that notwithstanding, several of the trees are still being tendered to for greater results. Also, it is the intention of the Assembly this year, to continue with the afforestation project by planting trees at vantage places such as Assembly project sites and public lands to serve as demarcations. I wish to call on Hon. Assembly members and all stakeholders to support the Assembly and Forestry Commission in ensuring that the trees grow to their required maturity and serve their purpose.
- INTERNATIONAL OFFICIAL VISITS
Morocco Visit (Africities Summit/REFELA)
Hon. Presiding Member, in November last year, I had the distinct honor of representing our Municipality at the 8th summit of Africities in Marrakesh, Morocco. The essence of the summit is defining appropriate shared strategies in order to improve the living conditions of people at the local level.
Also, the summit aims at contributing to the integration, peace and unity of Africa starting from the grassroots. At the summit, Ghana was officially declared a member of the REFELA Network. Thanks to Allah I was elected one of the Vice Presidents of REFELA West Africa Branch and the Representative of Ghana Chapter. REFELA is simply a french word meaning, Network of Women Elected of Africa.
The network regroups women members of the political bodies to deal with the governance of city and subnational governments within Africa. REFELA supports the development of Women leadership within African cities and subnational governments, as well as the inclusion of the concerns of Women in the definition and implementation of African city and subnational government’s policies and strategies. It also looks at bridging the equity gap between men and women in all aspects of life by empowering women to greater positions. Ladies and gentlemen, apart from the core objectives listed above, REFELA in a nutshell, is strongly involved in the following;
- Campaign on Africa against street children (streeteism)
- Campaign on African cities with zero tolerance to Violence against women
- Campaign on African cities, favourably for economic empowerment of women
- Increase women participation in politics in Africa
I wish to use this platform to thank the REFELA Network of Locally Elected women for the trust they put in me and I also call on all and sundry to support me discharge my duties well in these new capacities.
Belgium (Network of Global Covenant of Mayors)
Hon. Presiding Member, last month, I once again had the opportunity to represent our dear Municipality in Brussels, Belgium as part of the Network of Global Covenant of Mayors. This convenant currently comprises an incredible 9,287 cities that have committed to the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate And Energy. The conference was organized and fully sponsored by the European Commission and took place from 4th – 5th February, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium.
The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoMSSA) is an initiative launched by the European Union to support local government in Sub-Saharan Africa in their fight against climate change and in their efforts in ensuring access to clean energy. The initiative, which started in 2015, is shaped by local authorities for them to reflect local context and situations.
Ladies and Gentlemen, under this initiative, local authorities are invited to make voluntary political commitment to implement climate and energy actions in their communities and agree on a long term vision to tackle the 3 pillars of the Global Covenant of Mayors namely; access to energy, climate migration and climate adaptation. Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoMSSA) is the Regional Covenant of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Honourable House, I therefore present to you, a document regarding the Municipality’s decision to commit and endorse our participation as a member city to the fight towards climate change. Just as I called on the members of the Executive Committee, I further call on this august house to let Sagnarigu Municipal commit itself to this global fight. I know and trust that this honourable House will support anything and everything for the well-being of the Municipality and world as a whole hence, I kindly appeal on you all to support this cause.
- INTERNALLY GENERATED FUND (IGF)
Hon. Presiding Member, as we are all aware, the backbone of the Assembly for the execution of its plans and projects is funding. Without funds the Assembly is virtually unable to carry out its intended plans and activities and that stalls the development and well-being of our people. In order to not to rely solely on central sources of funding, the Assembly has taken steps to improve its local revenue base to increase our internally generated funds. Some steps taken, included my involvement in a revenue task force exercise (last year), to interact with business owners/managers. This was aimed at convincing them about the importance of paying fees, rates and permits to the Assembly. This exercise yielded to our 98.26% performance of our 2018 revenue target.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Assembly’s decision to mobilize revenue from commercial tricycle operators (yellow yellow) is also yielding dividends. This revenue source has been ceded to a private entity in an agreement with the Assembly. Furthermore, the Assembly in close collaboration with the Northern Development Authority (NDA) last year undertook a property valuation exercise in the Municipality. The result of the exercise has allowed the Assembly to serve demand notices to most of the property owners. It is our expectation that when owners start paying, our IGF will dramatically improve.
Hon. Presiding Member, tabulated below is our IGF revenue performance so far, for 2019.
|MONTH (2019)||REVENUE MOBILISED (GHS)|
|March (til date)||47,355.00|
|Total IGF So Far||131,664.08|
|2019 IGF Projection/Budget||561,441.66|
Hon. Assembly Members, our Municipality is urbanizing at a faster rate and this comes along with its accompanied security challenges, as it pertains in many big cities and cosmopolitan areas.
We record periodic security issues ranging from petty thefts, robbery, cyber fraud, violent clashes among youth groups, religious factions, drug abuse etc.
Hon. Presiding Member, during this first quarter of this year, the Municipal Chief Executive for the Assembly lobbied tirelessly to the Ministry of Roads and Highways and the Ministry of Energy to improve our roads and the street lightening situation our Municipality was challenged with. After a series of follow ups on our requests, our prayers were answered and the two (2) Ministries responded to our calls by supporting the Assembly to install new streetlights, rehabilitate and replaced over 600 streetlights within the Municipality.
Hon. Assembly Members, some of the roads and communities that benefitted from this intervention include; School of Hygiene road to Gbayamni, Shishegu, Ward K, Aliu Mahama Residence Junction road through BB Gas to Fuo, NOBISCO and the major facelift being is from Kamina Barracks to Tamale Airport junction. Honourable House, it is worthy to note that these works were carried out by authorized contractors from both Ministries under the supervision of the Assembly.
Hon. Presiding Member, once again let me use this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to the two (2) Ministries for their support and response to our plight.
Youth Engagement in Drug Use and Social Vices
Ladies and Gentlemen, still on security, a great challenge to our peace and security in the Municipality is the involvement of our teeming youth in drug abuse. It is now widespread to the extent that a lot of the youth of school going age, are now engaged in theft, internet fraud, smoking of Indian hemp and other hard drugs which has negative effects on them and society. As a result, the Justice and Security sub-committee and the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) are taking steps to identify these acts and their hideouts for necessary action. MUSEC kindly calls on Hon. Assembly Members to assist us in flushing out those engaged in the acts for the peace and safety of the Municipality.
- ASSEMBLY WEBSITE
Hon. Presiding Member, I am delighted that the website for the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly has finally been launched. I want to appeal to all Hon. Assembly Members and staff of the Assembly to own the website and ensure that is educative, informative and portrays the efforts the Assembly is doing to bring development. The website is still undergoing development since the developer is still receiving information to update it regularly. All information, suggestions and opinions are welcome to make the website a stand out. The website address is www.sagnariguassemblygh.com.
Hon. Presiding Member, Hon. Assembly Members, ladies and gentlemen, I wish to entreat us all to work in Peace and Unity for the development of our dear Municipality.
I thank you all for your attention.