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March 2, 2023

PERFORMANCE CONTRACT SIGNING


On Thursday, 02-03-2023, the Oti Regional Minister, Hon. Joshua Makubu and the Ag. Chief Director, Mr. Henry Yao Amesimeku led the Municipal/District Chief Executives in the Oti Region and their Co-ordinating Directors to sign their performance contracts.

This performance contract is a legal document which binds all staff of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District assemblies particularly the Political Heads, that is the Municipal and District Chief Executives and the Administrative Heads, Municipal or District Co-ordinating Directors to effectively carry out their mandates in accordance with the service delivery standards of the Local Government Service. This document was signed in the presence of all the Human Resource Managers and other Key Staff which symbolises the right to request for transparency, accountability and professionalism to the people they serve.


February 20, 2024

STAKEHOLDERS MEETING ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON THE PROPOSED KETA PORT IN THE VOLTA REGION.


As part of efforts made by the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority acting on behalf of the Ministry of Transport Ghana to develop the ports of Keta in the Volta Region on the Eastern part of the Ghanaian coastline, a stakeholder meeting was held on Tuesday the 20th of February 2024 on the environmental and social impact assessment for the proposed project at the Oti Regional Coordinating Council, Dambai at exactly 2:00 pm. Participants of the meeting include the Chief Director Issaka Braimah Basintalele, some Heads of Departments of the Regional Coordinating Council and officials of the Coastline and Reclamation Engineering Service Ghana Limited which is a consulting agency for the environmental and social impact assessment for the project.


February 8, 2024

PERFORMANCE CONTRACT SIGNING


On Tuesday the 8th of February 2024, a meeting was convened at the Oti Regional Coordinating Council chaired by the Regional Minister, Hon. Joshua Makubu and attended by the Chief Director, Issaka Braimah Basintalele, Municipal/District Chief Executives and Heads of Departments and Units of the Oti Regional Co-ordinating Council  (ORCC) to witness the signing of the Performance Contract by the MDCEs and MDCDs.

This performance contract is a contractual agreement that binds all staff of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies particularly the Political Heads, that is the Municipal and District Chief Executives and the Administrative Heads, Municipal or District Co-ordinating Directors to effectively carry out their mandates in accordance with the Service Delivery Standards of the Local Government Service. This forms the framework for Transparency, Accountability and Professionalism to the people they serve.


January 31, 2024

OTI SENIOR HIGH TECHNICAL SCHOOL TOUR OTI REGIONAL COORDINATING COUNCIL


An incredible day unfolded at the Oti Regional Coordinating Council as the form one students from Oti Senior High Technical School embarked on an educational tour as part of their orientation program. The students were warmly received by the esteemed Chief Director. Issaka Braimah Basintale and some Heads of Departments, who graciously imparted their knowledge and experience. He emphasized the transformative power of education and the critical role of discipline in achieving success. The students were captivated by his inspiring words, which would serve as a guiding light for their academic journey.

The Chief Director further extended an open invitation, assuring the students that the doors of the council are always wide open for them to explore the inner workings and activities of the council whenever they wish.

These pictures capture the essence of this remarkable visit, showcasing the students’ enthusiasm and the invaluable knowledge they gained. Join us in celebrating this memorable occasion as we empower and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.


January 10, 2024

CHIEFS OF THE FEUDING ETHNIC GROUPS AT NKWANTA AGREED ON A CONSENSUS PEACE BUILDING  AT NKWANTA.


The Oti Regional Coordinating Council organized a Regional Security Council meeting on a consensus peace agreement with regards to Nkwanta ethnic conflict today Wednesday January 10, 2024 at the Oti Regional Minister’s office. 

According to the Oti Regional Minister Honourable Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu, the following consensus peace agreements were reached. 

  1. All the paramount Chiefs of the feuding factions were going to sign a declaration committing to the peace process. 

  2. The Chiefs will also be committed to avail themselves for any committee and delegation put together to engage them as a result of wanting to ensure peace in the Nkwanta town and its environs.

  3. The Chiefs will be committed to getting back to their people in the various communities to call on them to lay down their arms even if the Regional Security Council has to provide security for each of the groups to go to their various communities to engage them. 

He ended by cautioning the media to report only on the three points he made and nothing else for the sake of peace. 

The attendance of the meeting was made up of the Oti Regional Minister Honourable Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu as the chairman, the Nkwanta South Municipal Chief Executive Honourable Bright Lenwah, the paramount Chief of Akyode traditional Council Nana Obombo Sewura Lupuwura II, the Chief of Adele in Nkwanta Nana Gyemburah II,  the Chief of Challa Nana Addo Kenewu Cheddere II and the Regional heads of security agencies in Oti Region. 

Above is a screenshot of the declaration signed by the Chiefs and images of the meeting. 


January 5, 2024

SPECIAL REPORT ON THE OTI REGIONAL COORDINATING COUNCIL ENGAGEMENT WITH PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.


The Oti Regional Coordinating Council organised a get together for the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to have an interaction with the Oti Regional Minister, ask questions and register their grievances on PWDs issues on Friday January 5, 2024 at the forecourt of the Oti Regional Coordinating Council.

The Oti Regional president of Ghana Federation of Disables Association Mr. Donkor Emmanuel in his speech louded the Oti Regional Minister for organising this engagement which is the first in history of Oti Region. 

He called on his colleagues and Regional Minister as one of them to unite through this kind of programmes for other people to recognise the PWDs due to unity been strengthe.

Mr Donkor Emmanuel also appealed to Oti Regional Coordinating Council and Honourable Regional Minister to periodically organize a capacity building for the PWDs on how to manage the support and grants that Assemblies have been given them to ensure and consolidate inclusive governance in the society since “knowledge is power “

He ended his speech by urging his colleagues to be hardworking for the society not to look mire upon them as ordinary beggars. 

The Oti Regional Minister Honourable Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu in his address said this engagement is first of its kind in Oti and would have been organised several times but they had no substantive executives. 

According to him, the society has made them beggars by refusing to pass Act 715 which was to pave way lawfully for PWDs to enjoy free education from basic school to PHD level.  He added that, the final consultation on the bill has been done to receive presidential approval to become a law. 

Honourable Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu therefore urged his colleague PWDs to amplify their voice for government to pass the Act 715 into law for it was time for them to fight for their rights because they now have lawyers working at Attorney Generals Department. 

He assured his colleague participants that, the government has also devised a means to include PWDs in government appointed Assembly members by refusing to approve the Assembly appointees without PWDs. 

Honourable Minister also used the opportunity to appeal to the Assemblies and consultants to consider disability friendly construction of physical buildings to ease their movement leading to inclusive governance. 

He lamented that most of the Assemblies do not use PWDs fund appropriately and he was going to liaise with the Assemblies to fund PWDs in batches with sums of money that can sustain a good business to keep them working instead of giving everyone little that they spend and keep relying on Assemblies. 

According Minister, he was going to petition the Regional House of Chiefs to stop discrimination that does not allow some Chiefs to interact with PWDs like the blinds or become Chiefs. 

Honourable Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu ended his address by tasking the PWD executives to get office accommodation for both the Regional and Municipal and District offices for him to facilitate for the Assemblies to pay for the rents. 

The Oti Regional Special Needs Coordinator at the Regional GES office Esther Apau also appealed for the establishment of inclusive education in a pilot base to capture all the Districts in Oti and requested for Assemblies to collect data on the PWDs and children of Special needs education to ease their work. 

The High table was made up of the Oti Regional Minister Honourable Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu, the Krachi Nchumuru District Chief Executive Honourable Nkrumah Ogyile, Municipal Chief Executive for Nkwanta South Honourable Bright Lenwah, Oti Regional Coordinating Director Mr Issaka Braimah Basintale, Oti Regional president of Ghana Federation of Disables Mr Donkor Emmanuel and Oti Social Welfare Officer Mr Komla Agbolosu Innocent. 


December 20, 2023

GIZ’S GOVERNANCE FOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT STUDY TOUR FOR REGIONAL INTERNAL AUDITORS ON BEST PRACTICES IN GERMANY.


INTRODUCTION

The Accountability and Resource Governance (ARG) is one of the five (5) components under the GIZ Governance for Inclusive Development (GovID) Programme which collaborates with Internal Audit Agency and Ghana Audit Service to provide Capacity Building for Auditors and Audit Committee Members and Heads of Covered Entities, Monitoring of Status of Implementation of Audit Recommendations and other mandatory functions of the two institutions at the national level.

The GovID Programme is also being implemented in eighty (80) partner district out of one hundred (100) partner district across the country through the collaboration with Internal Audit Agency and the sixteen (16) Regional Coordinating Councils to improve the implementation of audit recommendations, complying with guidelines issued by Internal Audit Agency, and accountability mechanism.

The GovID Programme have been supporting these institutions for the pass four (4) years and the programme will be ending by the end of September 2023. Based on that, it was decided to embark on a Study Trip to Germany to benchmark institutions in Germany with shared mandate, to apprise with best practices and strategies that have enable Germany to develop a robust internal control system and structure that ensure effective and efficient use of public resources.

Twenty (20) officers from GIZ, Internal Audit Agency, Ghana Audit Service and Regional Coordinating Council embark on the study trip to Germany from 26th August to 3rd September 2023.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of the study trip to Germany was to visit State Institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany to:

  • Understand the legal and institutional framework that has enable Germany to maintain an effective internal audit structure.
  • Acquire technical knowledge to improve the performance of internal audit in the Public Sector of Ghana.
  • Understand the level of collaboration and cooperation between the internal audit structure and other state institutions responsible for public accountability.
  • Understand the framework and system for ensuring implementation of audit recommendations
  • Build network for sharing information and knowledge on new internal audit practices.

PARTICIPANTS

Twenty-one officers was selected for the study trip, however the officer from the Volta Regional Coordinating Council did not get the visa to Germany due to the information provided by the officer.

Nevertheless, twenty (20) officers had the visa to Germany and embark on the study trip to Germany from 26th August to 3rd September 2023.  Details are below:

NO.NAMEINSTITUTION
1.Harriet GyanGIZ
2.Emmanuel Aboagye OdumGIZ
3.Alhassan FuseiniInternal Audit Agency
4.Philomina Sueley Max-BobieInternal Audit Agency
5.Roberta Naa Amoa NtimGhana Audit Service
6.Abdulai SaaniNorthern Regional Coordinating Council
7.Sheila Rosetta ArthurAshanti Regional Coordinating Council
8.Nsiah Blankson KwekuBono East Regional Coordinating Council
9.Kambey Solomon PiilazaayaUpper East Regional Coordinating Council
10.John E.A.K. Kula FawaazUpper West Regional Coordinating Council
11.Ishmael Akwo KafariAhafo Regional Coordinating Council
12.Yakubu Baba Seidu KamaraNorth East Regional Coordinating Council
13.Ishmael Anum MensahGrater Accra Regional Coordinating Council
14.Stephen QuarshieWestern Regional Coordinating Council
15.Mukaila Waxy BalukiaCentral Regional Coordinating Council
16.Anthony Amartey HadjorEastern Regional Coordinating Council
17.Ali SulemanaWestern North Regional Coordinating Council
18.Eric YanksonOti Regional Coordinating Council
19.Michael Boadum NsiahBono Regional Coordinating Council
20.Mohammed ArimiyawSavanna Regional Coordinating Council

FLIGHT ARRANGEMENT

The GovID Programme made all the flight arrangement for the twenty (20) participants; however, they could not get one flight for all participant but was able to get to two (2) flights (Turkish Airline and KLM) and participants were divided. Details below:

NO.TURKISH AIRLINEKLM AIRLINE
1.Harriet GyanEmmanuel Aboagye Odum
2.Philomina Sueley Max-BobieAlhassan Fuseini
3.Roberta Naa Amoa NtimAbdulai Saani
4.Sheila Rosetta ArthurNsiah Blankson Kweku
5.John E.A.K. Kula FawaazKambey Solomon Piilazaaya
6.Mukaila Waxy BalukiaIshmael Anum Mensah
7.Ishmael Akwo KafariStephen Quarshie
8.Michael Boadum NsiahYakubu Baba Seidu Kamara
9.Mohammed ArimiyawAnthony Amartey Hadjor
10. Ali Sulemana
11. Eric Yankson

STUDY TRIP ACTIVITY

The Turkish airline and KLM airline groups all departed from Accra the capital of the Republic of Ghana on 26th August 2023 evening and arrived at Berlin the capital of the Federal of Republic of Germany on 27th August 2023 afternoon. All participants was checked in to NH Collection Hotel in Berlin.

On 27th August 2023 evening a welcome dinner was organised for all participants and the consultant for the programme was introduced.

28th August 2023 – Berlin (NH Hotel Conference Room)

Presentation 1

Facilitator: Ingo Sorgatz – Internal Audit Expert (Consultant)

Topic: INTERNAL AUDIT IN PUBLIC SECTOR IN GERMANY

            INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW (MINISTRY OF INTERIOR)

This session provided an in-depth examination of the role of internal audit within the Federal of Republic of German Public Administration System. The discussion encompassed various aspects such as internal controls in the Public Sector of Germany, strategies to prevent corruption and fraud, transition from ex ante control to ex post inspection, shifting Focus from legality and regularity to efficiency and economy and emphasis on transparency and prevention.

The session also defined the Internal Control System (ICS) according to COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission). ICS-claims include effectiveness and efficiency of operations, reliability of financial reporting, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and safeguarding of assets. Additionally, milestones of risk management were discussed, covering risk areas such as risk identification, assessment, coping, and monitoring, with a focus on risk communication.

Presentation 2

Facilitator: Dr. Anna-Maija Mertens – Executive Director

Topic: INTERNAL AUDIT AND COMPLIANCE – “IT’S A MATCH!” (TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL -TI)

This topic focused on the principles of transparency and integrity within the German public sector. It emphasized the art of making individuals adhere to rules and be accountable while empowering them to do so. Compliance’s role in decentralizing democratization and transforming organizations was highlighted. Key elements of a compliance program were outlined, including the establishment of a whistleblower system, adoption of the three lines model, fostering a speak-up culture, and promoting private sector cooperation.

Presentation 3

Facilitator: Major Hendrik Knop – Internal Audit Expert

Topic: AUDITING IN THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (FMOD) IN CONSIDERATION OF TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY (FEDERAL MINISTRY OF DEFENCE)

The third presentation concentrated on auditing practices within the Federal Ministry of Defence, particularly in ensuring transparency and integrity. Key strategies discussed included setting clear rules of responsibility, maintaining evidence-proof document filing systems, and establishing robust internal controls. The session shed light on the unique challenges faced when auditing government agencies responsible for national security.

Facilitator: Ms Anne Schwalme

Topic: LOBBYISM BY LOBBY CONTROL

The day concluded with a walking tour around government agencies, accompanied by a discussion on lobbyism by LobbyControl. It was noted that government districts host not only political institutions but also various lobby agencies. The proximity of lobby agencies to political institutions enables more effective lobbying and advocacy for their concerns.

The few key points and learnings.

  • The Internal Audit activities or practice has been done on recommendations from the Government until last two (2) years where the Government issue a directive for all Federal States Institutions to have Internal Audit Units.
  • Ex-ante (Pre-audit) – In Germany Internal Audit Units conducts pre-audit but includes it in the Risk Base Internal Audit Plan.
  • The internal audit’s Risk-Based Annual Internal Audit Workplan is oriented towards managing risks and is approved by the Secretary of State.
  • Germany places a strong emphasis on robust internal audit practices to ensure accountability and efficiency in government operations. The importance of clear structures, methodologies, and continuous professional development in this approach was highlighted.
  • Ministry of Interior oversees Internal Audit Activities in Germany, and they regulate the Internal Audit activities, set standards and methodology for the Internal audit activities.
  • The Federal States do not have Audit Committee in place because the Management of the Institutions ensure the implementation of audit Recommendations.
  • Internal Auditors does follow-up on their own reports to check the status of Implementation of the audit recommendations.
  • The media of the Federal Republic of Germany is very interested in Audit infractions, which makes management of the institutions to implement the recommendations of the audit recommendations to avoid them been mentioned in the media.
  • Germany’s commitment to transparency and integrity is evident through stringent regulations, strict enforcement, and a culture of accountability. The German model serves as a valuable benchmark for fostering ethical practices in the public sector.
  • The TI uses naming and shaming process to get the institutions to be transparent in their activities.
  • For the Institutions to be effective and transparent there is the need of Institutional collaborations and forming of Coalitions.
  • There should be updates on the laws and regulations to support Transparency activities in states institutions.
  • Institutions or employees are to be involve in the process of designing the compliance programme.
  • Auditing in sensitive areas, such as the Federal Ministry of Defence, presents unique challenges but is vital to maintaining transparency and accountability, even in classified operations. Germany’s approach to auditing in such contexts incorporates security measures while ensuring oversight and integrity.
  • The presence of lobby agencies in government districts underscores their influence on government decisions. Proximity to political institutions enhances their ability to advocate for their concerns effectively.

29th August 2023 – Gottingen (Private University of Applied Sciences)

Presentation 1

Facilitator: Prof. Dr. Angermuller – Financial Management, Hochschule Harz

Topic: CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN INTERNAL AUDIT: GLOBAL INTERNAL AUDIT STANDARDS AND HOT TOPIC.

This lecture addressed the effects of the Corona-Pandemic on the work environment, leading to significant changes such as remote work, shorter planning horizons, and increased digitalization. It delved into current developments in internal audit, focusing on the Global Internal Audit Standards (formerly known as The International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing) milestones and other pressing topics.

The few key points and learnings.

  • The pandemic has reshaped the work environment, necessitating adaptations like remote work, shorter planning horizons and accelerating digitalization.
  • Global Internal Audit Standards: Understanding the evolving standards for the professional practice of internal auditing.
  • Top Risks: Awareness of the top risks organizations currently face, including cybersecurity and data security, changes in laws and regulations, supply chain vulnerabilities, organizational culture, and health, safety, and security.

30th August 2023 – Bonn (Bundesanstalt fur Immobilienaufgaben – BimA) Institute for Federal Real Estate

Presentation 1

Facilitator: Mr. Jorg Uffelmann – Head of Internal Audit – Institute for Real Estate

Topic: INTERNAL AUDIT IN A PRIVATIZED PUBLIC ENTITY

The third day’s first lecture introduced us to the organizational structure of the Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA), Germany’s central services provider for federal government property. The Audit and Governance division reports directly to the Executive Board. The Institute of Internal Auditor’s three lines model was highlighted, with internal audit positioned as the third line, playing an independent and objective assurance and advisory role in achieving objectives. The following topics were covered:

  • Audit planning process
  • Audit process circle
  • Audit process sequence
  • Audit reporting with risk-based monitoring and implementation of measures.

Presentation 2

Facilitator: Mr. Ahmed Demir / Ms. Christine Rabenschlag

Topic: THE ROLE OF THE SUPREME AUDIT INSTITUTION, BUNDESRECHNUNGSHOF (FEDERAL COURT OF AUDIT)

The second lecture took place at the office of Bundesrechnungshof (Supreme Audit Institution), the supreme federal authority for audit matters in the Federal Republic of Germany. The lecture centered on its role, scope of activities, and mandate to audit the accounts and examine the performance, regularity, and compliance of the Federal Government’s financial management. It reports to both houses of parliament and the federal government. The lecture further explored the organizational structure of Bundesrechnungshof, its extensive audit rights, relationship with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the triangle of financial control, its involvement in the budget cycle, key role in cooperation with parliament, content of the annual report, and the processes of PAC’s deliberations on the annual reports.

The few key points and learnings.

  • Government Assets Portfolio: Understanding the total assets portfolio of the government.
  • Enforcement of Audit Recommendations: The Federal Court of Audit lacks the authority to enforce its recommendations. The responsibility for enforcing the implementation of audit recommendations falls to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
  • Information Dissemination: The Federal Court of Audit provides the public with information regarding their audit reports as soon as they are laid before the house of parliament.
  • Independence of Supreme Audit Institution: The Federal Court of Audit (Supreme Audit Institution) is not subordinated to the federal government, ensuring its independence and insulation from political influence.

31st August 2023 – Frankfurt (Ministry of Finance – Rhineland-Palatinate State)

Presentation 1

Facilitator: Peter Weis

Topic: INTEGRITY BEST PRACTICE IN THE STATE

The Secretary of state (Rhineland-Platinate) Dr. Stephan Weinberg gave a welcome address on behalf of the State and assure participant of their continue support to Internal Audit practice in the State.

The day continued with lectures on integrity best practices in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The Federal of Republic of Germany have 16 Federal State and they are called Landers as well. The Rhineland-Palatinate is one of the Landers. The Landers are autonomous by having their own Government, Judiciary, Parliament, and Administrations. The Administration of the Rhineland – Palatinate have ten (10) Ministries, Upper Authorities, Basic Authorities and State Own Enterprises. The Ministry of Finance of Rhineland-Palatinate have six (6) Departments, State Agency in charge of Salaries and Pensions, Administration Tax Agency in Charge of tax, Upper Tax office in charge of HR, Organisation, tax laws, data centre, central treasury, Tax Offices in charge of local tax collection, School for Tax in charge of education for junior civil servant etc. Key areas covered included:

  • Understanding the structure of Germany as a whole.
  • Examining the administrative structure of Rhineland-Palatinate.
  • Insights into internal control and compliance practices.
  • The role of internal revision in the landers’ Ministry of Finance and its significance.
  • Cross-border cooperation with other landers.
  • The establishment and functioning of a transparency platform.
  • Details of the whistleblower protection act.
  • Risk management in the context of corruption.
  • Systematic risk management from gross risk to target risk.
  • The integrity plan for risk management.
  • The action plan for risk management.

Presentation 2

Facilitator: Peter Weis – Ministry of Finance – Rhineland-Palatinate State

Topic: WHISTLEBLOWING – HOW TO ESTABLISH AN INTERNAL REPORTING

            POINT

The Federal of the Rublic of Germany have a Whistleblower Protection Act which started from a Directive to Act. The Federal delayed in passing the law and was charged to pay a fine established by the European Union Commission.

There are Reporting guidelines and procedures for protecting the reporter.

Presentation 3

Facilitator: Mr. Alexander Beer – Ministerial Councillor

Topic: The Court of Auditors of the State of Hesse (CASH): Auditing Experiences (On the Basis of Last Published Annual Reports) – Hessen Land

The second lecture covered the primary role, legal basis, tasks, organization, and activities undertaken by the Court of Auditors of the state of Hesse (CASH). The lecture also delved into the history of CASH and shared auditing experiences based on its last published annual report.

The few key points and learnings.

  • The Ministry have Internal Revision in 91% in institutions under the Ministry.
  • Internal Audit (Internal Revisions): All Ministry of Finance (MoF) in the 15 landers are subject to internal audit (internal revision) except the MoF in Rhineland-Palatinate, which is subject to only external audit control by the Court of Auditors. The absence of internal audit in the Rhineland-Palatinate MoF is due to the lack of a legal provision to establish internal audit in this ministry.
  • Rhineland-Palatinate has established a transparency platform where 14 legal fact groups, such as ‘Grants to the public sector from an amount of EUR 1,000,’ among others, are published. Citizens can also request information as long as it does not violate privacy or confidentiality.
  • The Ministry annual meetings on Internal Revision and it is in two (2) groups, Ministry and Tax Administration.
  • The Ministry give Benchmarks or targets to the Tax office which oversees local tax collection.
  • The School for Tax build the capacity of the Junior Civil Servants in the Lander.
  • Transition from Whistleblowers Directive to Whistleblower Protection Act: The Whistleblower directive was enacted on 23/10/2019 and has transitioned into a Whistleblower Act, which came into force on 02/07/2023.
  • Platforms for exchanging information, experiences, and knowledge-sharing among internal auditors (internal revisions) of the landers are established at annual conferences.
  • CASH is an independent part of state financial auditing, subordinate only to the law and free from political directives. Adequate budgetary allocations are made to support CASH.
  • The staff of CASH consists of professionals from various backgrounds, including lawyers, economists, engineers, technical college graduates from diverse disciplines, and specialists from all administrative areas.
  • CASH submits a report on the budgetary and economic management of the State of Hesse to the Federal Parliament and the State Government. The findings are also shared with the public at a press conference.
  • CASH lacks executive authority and, therefore, does not possess direct authority to impose sanctions. Issues requiring prosecution are referred to the appropriate prosecutors for further action.
  • Independence of the Landers (Regions): Each region (lander) operates independently and may be governed by different laws.

December 13, 2023

REGIONAL CO-ORDINATING COUNCIL MEETING


The Oti Regional Coordinating Council (ORCC) held its second Regional Coordinating Council meeting at its conference hall yesterday Wednesday December 13, 2023 to identify challenges of the Region that have not been solved and also find solutions to them before the end of 2023.

The Chief director of ORCC Mr. Issaka Braimah Basintale in his opening remarks told participants that, it was mandatory for all the members and heads of departments to be present unless they seek permission from Minister to be absent. 

He ended by urging all members and heads of departments to actively participate and contribute to interest and development of Oti Region. 

The Oti Regional Minister Honourable Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu in his speech made reference to section 186 of the Local Government Act 936 of 2016 and article 255 of 1992 constitution which mandates all the RCCs to organize at least two ordinary meetings in a year and the responsibility of the House to ensure that the gains made from the creation of Oti Region is sustained.  

With peace and security, the Honourable Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu called on all the participants, Civil Society Organisations, religious bodies, to get involved in their own ways to bring peace to Nkwanta and appealed to the feuding parties to bury their differences and promote peace. He urged all the traditional areas with land dispute to resort to legal procedures for amicable resolution. 

With development partners,  Honourable Minister briefed the House the NGOs that are currently in partnership with the Region to be Plan Ghana implementing water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme in Jasikan Municipal, enrolment of Krachi East,  Nkwanta South and Nkwanta North Districts of  Oti Region onto United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 8th country programme which is focused on maternal health and adolescent empowerment, Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion SOCO seeking to improve infrastructure development, Regional collaboration, socioeconomic and climate resilience of border-zone communities in the targeted regions Districts.

In Education, the Ghana Education Service office complex and Senior Staff bungalow have been reassigned to a new contractor due to delays and work is steadily progressing. He added that, BECE performance has been improved from 55.3% in 2020 to 65.1% in 2022 and WASSCE from 45.7% in 2020 to 66.6% in 2022. 

 According to Honourable Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu, the Senior Staff bungalow and office complex of the Health Directorate at Worawora have been completed and handed over to ORCC. He added that the Oti Region has only thirty-five (35) doctors which is woefully inadequate and ORCC will continue to champion the course of getting doctors posted to Oti.

With roads, the following are roads under reconstruction and rehabilitation.  Jasikan to Worawora is slowly progressing and under City Construction, Jasikan to Dodi Pepesu under Sinohydro, Nkwanta to Dambai has vacated his site and ORCC is lobbying to get a new contractor, Nkwanta to Damanko was China Jianxi International Corporation and contractor has left site, Dambai town roads contractor has also left site and ORCC is working to bring him back to site and Krachi town roads by First Sky has been completed.

The Oti Regional Minister also lamented that, most of the government projects that have abandoned by contractors are for some politicians which they intentionally delay the project after taking the contract funds which makes it difficult for ORCC to follow up. He appealed that, government to awarding contracts to politicians of all the political divide. 

Honourable Joshua Makubu made it clear that, or his three years in office, there has been no political dispute except land and Chieftaincy disputes.  He there tasked the Regional House of Chiefs to investigate all the land and Chieftaincy disputes in Oti, report to Regional Security Council for resolution. 

With judiciary, five (5) courts have been completed and commissioned by former chief justice. 

With the Environmental health, Honourable Joshua Makubu lamented about work of zoomlion in Oti, the refuse disposal at the Regional capital and tasked the environmental health unit to provide him with a report on the work of zoomlion in Oti. 

With water and sanitation according to Minister, RCC will collaborate with its development partners such as UNICEF, World Vision and Global Communities to implement Community Led-Total Sanitation (CLTS) and the WASH programmes in Oti Region. 

He ended his address by tasking the House of Chiefs to address the matter of some traditional authorities hijacking markets and making it difficult for Assemblies to raise revenue or else the Oti Regional Coordinating Council will walk over any Chief who will hinder the revenue mobilization in the markets.


December 1, 2023

REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL FAIR AT NKWANTA NORTH, KPASSA.


The Oti Regional Agriculture Department in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Council celebrated the 39th National Farmers Day at Nkwanta North precisely Damanko community on the 1st December, 2023. Deserving awardees from three Districts i.e Krachi West, Krachi East and Nkwanta South made the pass mark to receive the Regional Best Farmer, Regional Best Female, Regional Best Physically challenged and Regional Best Livestock awards respectively. This was after they were vetted by the National inspection team in Tamale.

The theme for the 39th NFD was “Delivering smart solutions for sustainable food security and resilience”, The Regional Best farmer took home 1 tricycle, 1 mist-blower, certificate and organic fertilizer. The Regional Best Female farmer took home 1 tricycle, 1 knapsack sprayer, certificate and organic fertilizer. The Regional Best Physically Challenged farmer took home a 50″ Nasco flat screen TV, 1 knapsack sprayer, certificate and organic fertilizer. Finally the Regional Best Livestock farmer received 1 tricycle, 1 knapsack sprayer, certificate and organic fertilizer. The Regional Best AEA sent home certificate, 1 knapsack sprayer, organic fertilizer and cash of GHs 1,000.00.

Below are pictures during the NFD celebrations.


October 19, 2023

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS, ORCC


The Regional Directorate of the Controller and Accountant General Department of the Oti Region organized a one-day breast cancer screening exercise at the Oti Regional Coordinating Council in Dambai on the 19th October, 2023.

The theme for the occasion was, Feel it, Find it and Fight it. This is in commemoration of this year national breast cancer awareness moth in October.

The guest of honor for the programme was the Ag. Regional Coordinating Director, Mr. Eric Yankson who stood in for the Hon. Regional Minister.

The programme was introduced by the Regional Director, Controller and Accountant General Department, Mr. Jacob Danso. Nurses from the E. P Clinic in Dambai sensitized and organized the screening.


June 9, 2023

GRIP RICE TRAINING IN JASIKAN, OTI REGION


Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with Oti Regional Agriculture Department under the Ghana Rice Production Improvement Project (GRIP) provided technical support to staff of RAD/MAD and rice farmers at Atonkor in the Jasikan Municipality. In addition, JICA/GRIP established a demonstration field to demonstrate to farmers some improved technologies aimed at improving their knowledge and skills in the entire rice value chain (i.e. from production to marketing). This is expected to enable them attain better yield and marketing in 2023 and beyond. 

Rice Farmers at Atonkor in the Jasikan Municipal of Oti Region have benefited immensely from the numerous onsite trainings conducted at the demo site by GRIP/JICA. After the interventions, the 1-acre demo plot established at the Atonkor valley achieved an average yield of 5.79 mt/ha.

Different planting methods were demonstrated depending on the water retention capacity of the demonstration field. The different planting methods demonstrated were; Drilling, Dibbling and Transplanting.


November 24, 2022

PRESENTATION OF DESKTOP COMPUTERS TO DACE DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL


The Oti Regional Minister, Hon. Joshua G. Makubu on 24th November, 2022 presented ten (10) desktop computers to the DACE Demonstration School, Dambai to facilitate teaching and learning in the area of ICT.

The desktop computers were presented to representatives from the Demonstration school at the office of the Hon. Regional Minister. The presentation was done with the assistance of the Regional Coordinating Director, The Regional Finance Officer, MIS officer and some staff of the RCC.


September 13, 2022

PRESS BRIEFING ON THE DEATH OF HON. FRANCIS KOFI OKESU, MUNICIPAL CHEIF EXECUTIVE FOR KRACHI EAST MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY


Hon. Francis Kofi Okesu

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press,

I seize this opportunity to welcome you all to this press briefing on the demise of a member of the council, Hon. Francis Kofi Okesu and former Municipal Chief Executive of Krachi East Municipal Assembly and the Dean of Municipal and District Chief Executives (Oti Region).

The sad event occurred on Sunday, 4th September, 2022 in Kumasi, Ashanti Region after he took permission from the Hon. Regional Minister on Friday, 2nd September, 2022. The body has been deposited at a morgue in the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hopital for an autopsy and investigation surrounding the death.

While the government of Ghana, Regional Security Council (REGSEC), family members of the deceased and sympathizers are waiting for the outcome of the investigations, certain media houses are peddling unfounded reportage on the cause of death. REGSEC wish to register its displeasure as follows;

  1. The reportage had been hasty and prejudicial.
  2. The reportage has the tendency to aggravate the existing grieve in the family.
  3. The causes adduced by these media houses are strange and aimed at character assassination
  4. the REGSEC had not known the deceased with those negative attributes and members feels it is not a true reflection of the man, Hon. Francis Kofi Okesu.

For a better way forward, REGSEC wants to state that the trip the deceased undertook was legitimate and dissociates itself from the unprogressive reportage and demand for the following;

  1. An apology from the underlisted media house(s) to the deceased, the family, REGSEC and the entire Oti Region i.e;
    • The Daily Graphic (Dailygraphiconline)
    • Joy News (Myjoyonline.com)
    • Daily Guide newspaper
  2. A retraction of the relevant reportage.
  3. Media house must be circumspect in dealing with matters related to such challenging issues.
  4. Failure to adhere to the call(s) shall give us cause not to listen, engage the affected media houses in our programs and activities any more.

REGSEC wants to call for calm from the aggrieved parties or persons who have been affected by the misleading reportage of those media house.

May the soul of the Hon. Francis Kofi Okesu rest in perfect peace. Thank you.

HON. JOSHUA GMAYENAAM MAKUBU (CHAIRMAN/REGSEC)



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