The District Chief Executive of the Atiwa East District Assembly, Hon. Kwabena Panin Nkansah as part of his efforts to rally support for the development of the Atiwa East District, has been organizing various stakeholder engagements to engage residents on key policies, programmes and projects of the government as well as the Atiwa East District Assembly. In line with this vision, a durbar was held for the chiefs and people of Awosoase on 13th September, 2022.
The DCE, Hon. Kwabena Panin Nkansah in his presentation explained that government is very much aware of the current economic challenges confronting the country and taking steps to address them. He said the current economic challenges facing the country is not limited to Ghana alone but as a result of a global economic crisis largely due to the covid-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukraine war. According to him, most of the goods and services we consumed as a country are imported from other countries. The covid-19 pandemic which resulted in lockdowns, grounding of aircrafts and closure of borders affected the level of import of goods and services into the country resulting in the increase in prices of goods and services. He added that the war in Ukraine has also caused the rising food and fuel prices. According to him, the war has disrupted trade in goods and services, reducing the flow of development financing into the country and causing reduction in government expenditure. He however, assured the community that government is doing its best to alleviate the effect of these challenges on its citizen.
The DCE added that in spite of the challenges government ensures that workers are paid their salary every month whiles many projects and programmes of the government continue to be executed across the country. Hon. Kwabena Panin Nkansah said government is currently constructing a 100-bed Trauma Hospital at Anyinam and a 40-bed Mother and Child Hospital at Enyiresi to help address the health needs of the people in the District. He also added a technical and a vocational School is being constructed at Anyinam to provide skills training to the youth in the District.
He however, expressed concern about the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS cases in the District. According to him, 35 BECE candidates who wrote the 2021 BECE were pregnant whiles writing their exams, a situation which could negatively affect their performance and their future. The DCE said the District since its creation has done a lot to promote girl child education in the District. He added that the District currently established a model girl Junior High School to protect the girl child while going through the basic education stage. He therefore called on parents, queen mothers and traditional authorities to stage a campaign against the menace. The DCE, Hon. Kwabena Panin Nkansah cautioned the male population especially to be disciplined and responsible in their sexual life. He encouraged people living with the HIV/AIDS virus and in particular, pregnant mothers to visit the hospital for their medication to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
Hon. Kwabena Panin Nkansah also called on the community to support the Assembly in paying their rates and fees to help the Assembly executes its developmental projects and programes in the District.