INAUGURATION OF THE THIRD SUAME MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY

The Suame Municipal Assembly on the 12th February, 2024, held the inaugural meeting of the third Suame Municipal Assembly at the Assembly conference Hall where the following undertake these transactions;

  1. Swearing in of Assembly members
  2. Inaugural address
  3. Election of presiding members.

SWEARING – IN OF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS

The Suame Municipal Assembly has twenty-six (27) Assembly members are made up of eighteen (18) elected members and nine (9) government appointees has two women among them.

The Hon. Assembly members were sworn-in by his Lordship Emmanuel Mawuli Ekuna the Suame Municipal Magistrate Court judge who administered the Office of Oath, the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Secrecy. Thereafter, he admonished the honorable Assembly member to abide by the tenets of the oaths.

MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S WELCOME ADDRESS

In his welcome address, the Hon. Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Maxwell Ofosu Boakye expressed his heartfelt appreciation to all present for the ceremony. He appealed co-operation among Assembly members as their mandate commences.

INAUGURAL ADDRESS

Dr. Kwadwo Yeboah, the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA) who represented the President, H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo touched on the key issues among which included;

  1. The Assembly should build good working relationship and strong partnership with other structures to enhance their services.
  2. Hon. Assembly members should be encouraged to create new ideas and channel their energy into localized issues instead of always expecting from the central government.
  3. Create innovative ideas that will help maximize their internal generativity fund.
  4. Assembly should maintain close contact with their constituents to rekindle communal activities.
  5. That the local Government Training Schools has been beefed up to provide appropriate training to enhance the skills of Hon. Assembly members.

The speaker concluded by admonishing those Assembly members to be selfless devoted to their duty, abide by the bridge that builds relationship in their constituencies.

ELECTION OF PRESIDING MEMBERS

The Suame Municipal Assembly failed to elect a presiding member after two attempts. When none of the two Hon. Assembly members (Hon. Kofi Boakye Ansah and Hon. Kwadwo Gyamfi) who presented themselves failed to secure the mandated two-thirds twenty (20) votes as mandated by the Local Governance Act (936) Section 17 Subsection 3.

IN ATTENDANCE

The occasion was graced by Nananom, religious leaders, executives of political parties, staff of the assembly and the general public.

CONCLUSION

Due to the inability of the Assembly to elect a presiding member, the meeting was adjourned.

SOME DELEGATES PRESENT AT THE INAUGURATION

SWEARING IN OF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS

INAUGURATION ADDRESS BY DR. KWADWO YEBOAH, THE ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF LAND USE AND SPATIAL PLANNING AUTHORITY (LUSPA).

ELECTION AND SWEARING IN OF PRESIDING MEMBER.

A GROUP PICTURE OF THE NEW ELECT ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AND THE OFFICIALS OF THE PROGRAM.

REPORT ON THE 39TH EDITION OF NATIONAL FARMERS’ DAY ON FRIDAY, 1ST DECEMBER, 2023 AT OLD SUAME.

The 39th Edition of National Farmers Day Celebration was held on Friday, 1st December, 2023 at exactly 10:30am at Old Suame Bus Stop adjacent National Investment Bank on the theme “Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilience”.

Well wishers, Invited Guests, Government Officials, Staff, as well as Traditional Leaders started converging at venue to commence the 39th Farmers Day Celebration. Opening prayer was said by Sheikh Badawi, Suame Imam.

The MC in the person of Mr. Ben Boakye introduced the dignitaries present and they included; the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Maxwell Ofosu Boakye, the Presiding Member, Hon. Boakye Ansah, the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Johnson Nyarko, Director of Agric, Mr. Abass Mohammed, Heads of Departments and other invited guests present. The traditional leaders were also acknowledged and they included the Suame Dikro, Nana Pintinkahene and other Nananom present.

Ms. Esther Bobie-Ansah introduced the chairperson for occasion and it was Suame Dikro in the person of Nana Adu-Ansere Bekoe II. He accepted to chair the occasion.

The head of the Agric Department, Mr. Abass Mohammed led the Chief Executive, the Nananom and selected personalities through inspecting some of the products exhibited.

The Director of Agriculture welcomed everybody present to the 39th Farmers Day Celebration and spoke on the theme for the year Farmers Day Celebration which was “Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilience”.

 He also had the opportunity to speak on what the Agric Department has done this year by impacting knowledge through the Extension Officers to farmers.  The Municipal Chief Executive on behalf of the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and the sector Minister, Hon. Dr. Bryan Acheampong and his own behalf, congratulated the farmers for their commitment and unrelenting efforts over the years to feed the people and being major stakeholders in the nation building.

The celebration saw the presentation of awards to farmers in the municipality who have

distinguished themselves in their line of work. Out of 15 farmers nominated for the awards, 7 were awarded

The following categories and personalities were awarded with fridges, blenders, TVs, spraying machines, wellington boots, cutlases, clothes and certificates.

 Type of AwardNameLocation
1Best Livestock FarmerAli Ahmed SerebourNew Suame
2Best Vegetable FarmerNicholas Adu-AgyeiBremang West
3Best Non-TraditionalAmo Dan FosterKronum Kwapra
4Best Female FarmerComfort Asarfo AdjeiKronum Kwapra
5Best Fish FarmerAddai Joseph OppongAnomangye
6Best FabricatorOsman SumailaSuame Magazine

The overall best farmer for Suame Municipal for 2023 was Mr. Nicholas Kyereme

He was given an Apsonic Motor King, spraying machine, cutlasses, wellington boots, cloth and a certificate. He later received the sword from the 2022 best farmer signifying he has emerged as the best farmer for 2023 Farmers Day. Mr. Nicholas Kyereme, a married man with four kids thanked the Almighty God and the Municipality for the Award.

The chairperson for the occasion thanked all for the support they gave for the successful program. He recommended the award winners to continue to work hard in their various enterprises to produce food for the country.

Closing prayer was said by Very Rev. Kyei Baffour, Suame Methodist and the celebration ended at exactly 12:00pm.

                                                                                                        Bettilyna Opoku Agyemang

                                                                                                         (MAO-Extension)

GRATER KUMASI MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY (GKMA) HOUSEHOLD BIODIGESTER SENSITIZATION ON WORLD TOILET DAY.

On November 24th, 2023, an impactful event unfolded in Suame Anumangye as part of the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s (GKMA) biodigester sensitization campaign on World Toilet Day. The initiative aimed to raise awareness about sustainable sanitation practices and the benefits of adopting biodigester toilets within the community.

The event featured active involvement from the household toilet team members, who played a pivotal role in educating the residents about the advantages of the biodigester facility. Their efforts included explaining the environmental benefits, cost-effectiveness, and long-term sustainability of biodigesters as an alternative sanitation solution.

To enhance community engagement, the assembly member and unit committee members actively participated in the dissemination of information. Their presence not only underscored the significance of the event but also facilitated a direct and personalized exchange of knowledge between community leaders and residents.

In addition to educational efforts, the sensitization event included a registration process for individuals interested in adopting the biodigester facility. This practical aspect allowed community members to express their willingness to embrace sustainable sanitation practices, contributing to the overall success of the initiative.

The collaboration between household toilet team members, community leaders, and interested residents on World Toilet Day exemplified a community-driven approach to environmental health. By combining education with hands-on registration, the event aimed to create a lasting impact, fostering a sense of responsibility towards adopting eco-friendly sanitation solutions within Suame Anomangye.

WORLD BANK MISSION TO ANDREWS ADVENTIST PREPARATORY AND JHS, ADADIEM M/A BASIC SCHOOL AND SOME HOUSEHOLD TOILETS AT KWAPRA.

The financiers (The World Bank) of the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project paid a working visit to Andrews Adventist Preparatory and JHS and Adadiem M/A Basic School on Tuesday 10th October 2023 to familiarize themselves with the status of ongoing wash facilities in the municipality. The visit also afforded the team the opportunity to interact with the key stakeholders in the project on proper ways to sustain the facilities to ensure that the facilities live up to their expected life span.

The team was made up of the staff of the project Coordinating Unit of the project, the staff of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, the management staff of the beneficiary schools, Project team from Suame Municipal Assembly, the Contractors, the Municipal Director of Education and his SHEP coordinator as well as some members of the schools’ Parent Teacher Associations.

The World Bank Team was satisfied with the kind of craftsmanship at both Andrews Adventist Preparatory and JHS and Adadiem M/A Basic School at Maakro and Tarkwa respectively

The World Bank team together with the other Stakeholders also visited household toilets beneficiaries at Kwapra and interacted with some of the household toilet beneficiaries. 

A VISIT TO ANDREWS ADVENTIST PREPARATORY BY THE WORLD BANK TEAM.

Ing. George Asiedu, the Project Co-ordinator explaining a point to the World Bank Team at St. Andrews Preparatory and JHS at Suame-Maakro.
The World Bank Team Leader being conducted round one of the completed institutional Latrines at St. Andrew Adventist Preparatory & JHS at Suame-Maakro.

A VISIT TO ADADIEM M/A BASIC SCHOOL BY THE WORLD BANK TEAM.

World Bank Team Leader chatting with the Project Co-ordinator and the other officials from the World Bank during the inspection at Adadiem M/A School.
Members of the World Bank Team being conducted round the completed institutional Latrine at Adadiem M/A School.

REDEVELOPMENT OF OLD SUAME MARKET INTO ULTRA – MODERN MARKET STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT.

Stakeholders engagement on the preparation of Abbreviated Resettlement Action Plan (ARAP) held on Wednesday 13th September,2023 at Suame Municipal Assemble Conference hall.

Suame Municipal Assembly has secured funding from World Bank under Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme and intends to use part of the funds to redevelop Old Suame Market into Ultra-Modern Market.

As part of the programme implementation a consultant has been engaged to support the Assembly to prepare an Abbreviated Resettlement Action Plan based on World Bank Involuntary Resettlement Policy.

Mr. George Awudi the ARAP consultant met the key stakeholders of the project namely the Safeguards Team of Suame Municipal Assembly, Chiefs of the Project Area, Assembly Members of the Project Area, Project Affected Persons to discuss on the ways to relocate the occupants of the said land. This was to pave way for the occupants to relocate to enable construction work to commence.

ARAP CONSULTANT TAKING THE STAKEHOLDERS THROUGH ARAP PREPARATION PROCESS
MR. GEORGE AWUDI EXPLAINNG A POINT ON GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE COMPOSITION
A CROSS SECTION OF THE STAKEHOLDERS DURING THE ENGAGEMENT
A CROSS SECTION OF TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES
A CROSS SECTION OF PROJECT AFFECTED PERSONS OF OLD SUAME MARKET
MR. JOHNSON NYARKO (MCD) GIVING HIS WELCOMING ADDRESS

YOUTH FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME-BAC.

The Ghana Enterprises Agency in partnership with the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) is implementing the GEA/BADEA Youth for Entrepreneurship Program. The Project’s strategic objective is to create an enabling environment that supports the creation and growth of youth-led enterprises by nurturing and innovation business ideas, increasing access to finance and market, and improving business operating procedures.

The Suame BAC in support of the Municipality organized one-day sensitization for beneficiaries in support of filling the BADEA application forms.

REDEVELOPMENT OF KROPO MARKET INTO ULTRA – MODERN MARKET.

Kropo market is one of the markets in Suame Municipality which was in a very deplorable state and lacked certain modern market facilities such as place of convenience, Police Post, First Aid Block.

As a result of the aforementioned condition patronage at the market was very low. Trading activities were not encouraging which also means that the assembly could not generate enough revenue from the market. The old structures were single storey buildings coupled with bad surface condition with no streetlights.

It was against this background that the Assembly since its inception in 2018 made efforts to revamp the market under the able leadership of the Hon. Member of Parliament for Suame, Hon Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu and the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Maxwell Ofosu Boakye. Through the World Bank Facility dubbed Ghana Secondary Cities Support Program being implemented by the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development supported the redevelopment of the market into ultra-modern market.

The new facilities are made up of a total of 65 Open Sheds, 130 Lockable Stores, Police Post and First Aid Block with a 20 seater water closet toilet facilities access road with streetlights. The open space is expected to be paved.   

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

  1. To promote trade activities in the municipality
  2. To create employment for the citizens
  3. To increase internally generated funds for the assembly
  4. To create more space for traders to undertake their trading activities

INSPECTION OF COMPLETED MARKET FACILITY AT KROPO MARKET UNDER GHANA SECONDARY CITIES SUPPORT PROGRAM- UDG 2. ON TUESDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2023

Suame Municipal Chief Executive and his entourage with the Consultants (AESL) and the Contractors (M/S Alhaji and Madina Company), Some Assembly Members and Market Committee Members conducted inspection on the projects prior to their handing over.

The deplorable state of the market before the intervention from the World Bank.

Before the intervention of World Bank

The state of the market after the intervention from the World Bank.

After the Intervention World Bank

65 OPEN SHEDS
65 OPEN SHEDS
20 SEATER WASHROOM WITH EIGHT (8) LOCKABLE STORES
58 LOCKABLE STORES
58 LOCKABLE STORES
POLICE POST & FIRST AID BLOCK
POLICE POST & FIRST AID BLOCK
POLICE POST & FIRST AID BLOCK
POLICE POST & FIRST AID BLOCK

Free Medical Screening and Blood Donation

Magazine Health Centre free medical screening and blood donation by the Suame Municipal Health Directorate on 8th Sept, 2023 at Magazine Health Centre.