The Ho Municipal Assembly (HMA) in the Volta Region together with its stakeholders have held a media launch for the upcoming Ho Expo 2022 to set the stage for the necessary synergies to be created among tourism, real estate and infrastructural development so as to propel the Municipality to higher heights.https://newsghana.com.gh/ho-municipal-launches-ho-expo-2022/
Mr Divine R. K. Bosson, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ho Municipal Assembly who launched the event announced that the event having been carefully thought through aims at changing the face of the Ho Municipality to one which focuses on growth, development and employment creation for the youth. He noted that the sole reliance on agriculture as the mainstay of the Municipality has proven over the period that there was the need to diversify and delve into other economic activities to enhance income generation and reduce poverty among the populace. This, he said, calls for pragmatic measures aimed at lifting the majority of the people from the duldrums and therefore, deemed the theme for the event, “Positioning the Oxygen City, Ho for Infrastructural Development and Tourism” as appropriate. He pointed out that the Municipality has many tourism potentials that need to be developed and packaged to attract tourists adding, “Our unique location, very friendly weather, flora and fauna resources presents us with great potentials for tourism.”
Mr Bosson, therefore, expressed the optimism that the Ho Expo 2022 event would present to the local and international communities the tourism potentials of the Municipality and also engender the necessary investment into the sector.
The M.C.E in a speech said, the money for this two edifices was sourced from their share of the Assessment – Grant (DPAT), and construction commenced on the 10th of June, 2020, and were successfully completed on the 24th of November,2021. More so, in the quest to make “Ho Bounce Back Again” and further the course of the “Oxygen City”, we must all come together, be alive to our responsibilities (payment of fees, licenses,rates, etc.) and help push these goals forward. We must support our Zonal Council (Hokpeta Zonal Council) to generate the needed financial resources to undertake planned and approved projects and programmes within our catchment areas to complement the Assembly’s and government efforts.
The Ho Municipal Environmental Health Department has provided training to 16 local artisans in the construction of urine divert dry toilet (UDDT). The beneficiaries were selected from 16 Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities within the Municipality, where the UDDT project was being piloted and were awarded with certificates. The Ho Municipal Assembly with funding from the Global Dry Toilet Association, Finland, had been promoting the use of UDDT at homes and institutions in the Municipality since 2015, for sustainable environment. Madam Comfort Sunu, Acting Ho Municipal Environmental Health Officer, said to sustain the project and to ensure its successful execution there was the need to equip people with the technical knowledge. She said the training aimed at building the capacity of the beneficiaries and equipping them with the requisite knowledge needed to facilitate and undertake the project.
The Environmental Health Officer thanked the beneficiaries for availing themselves for the training and charged them to put the knowledge acquired to good use to benefit them and society. Madam Sunu appealed to the beneficiary communities to properly maintain the facilities to derive the maximum benefit from them to support themselves. She underscored the importance of the project in ending open defecation and facilitating farming activities as the faecal matter could be dislodged or used as composite and the urine as urea for cultivation of crops.
Mr Divine Bosson, Ho Municipal Chief Executive appealed to the public to support the project and help end open defecation in the Municipality. He commended the Finland government for the support and asked various stakeholders to come on board to end open defecation, saying “we cannot have fresh oxygen” if people continue to practice open defecation.
The Ho Municipal Assembly, on the 8th and 9th of September,2021 held a training workshop on Records Keeping, Minutes and Reports Writing. This workshop is meant to improve the working skills and to enhance best practices in the areas stated above. The training took place at the Assembly Hall with the aim to target all Department Heads, Unit Heads and some selected staff of the Assembly. September,2021
This follows successful interactions with various farmers to see how the demonstration farms are doing. The MCD took the opportunity to encourage the farmers and the field officers to work together in achieving yielded results. July 01,2021.