District Chief Executive for Denkyembour District Assembly Engages Communities

Posted by Elvis Offei-Bekoe - 26th October 2023

The Denkyembour District Assembly, in accordance with Section 46 of the Local Government Act, organized a community engagement event on Thursday 26th October 2023 at Aboabo and Okumaning Durbar Grounds. The purpose of this engagement was to foster better communication and collaboration between the local government and the communities it serves. The event brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including chiefs, clergy, traditional authorities, teachers, nurses, and community members.

Both events commenced with welcoming remarks by the respective assembly members for Aboabo and Okumaning. They expressed their gratitude for the community’s active participation in the engagement and highlighted the importance of such gatherings for the development of the district.

The District Examination Officer for the Education Directorate; Mr Stephen Boateng, presented a comprehensive report on the performance of students in the 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). This report included an analysis of the district’s academic achievements and areas that required improvement.

The Community Relations Officer from the Ghana Oil Palm Development Company (GOPDC); Mr Andrews Andoh shared updates on the company’s operations and their efforts to support the local communities. This included information about employment opportunities, community projects, and educational opportunities for students within the district and environmental sustainability efforts.

The District Chief Executive; Honourable Seth Birikorang Ofosu addressed the gathering, emphasizing the government’s commitment to the welfare of the district’s residents. The DCE discussed ongoing development projects and future plans for the district. The DCE also encouraged active community involvement in decision-making processes. He mentioned in both speeches the need for all inclusive stakeholder involvement in the improvement of quality of education within the communities. He encouraged parents, chiefs and teachers in both communities to put in extra efforts in ensuring that the results of students improve in the preceding years. He lastly displayed the District Assembly‚Äôs commitment to ensuring quality education through provision of dual desks and sponsoring district-wide mock examination for prospective BECE candidates.

A segment of question and answers was also introduced into the session where all participants in the engagement were told to ask questions and give suggestions related and unrelated to the engagement. Suggestions and questions from participants largely focused on access to roads, education, health, infrastructure, water and security. It was an interactive and informative session where concerns and suggestions were addressed.

The traditional authorities of Aboabo and Okumaning delivered closing remarks, expressing their appreciation for the engagement and reiterating their commitment to working collaboratively with the District Assembly to improve the livelihoods of their people.

The Denkyembour District Assembly’s community engagement in Aboabo and Okumaning was a successful event that facilitated open dialogue, transparency, and collaboration. It demonstrated the commitment of the District Assembly to the welfare and development of the communities it serves. This engagement has set a positive tone for future interactions between the local government and its constituents, fostering a spirit of cooperation and shared responsibility for the progress of the district.