The affairs of the District Assembly are managed through a department referred to as the Central Administration and headed by the District Chief Executive (DCE) who functions as the political and administrative head of the institution and therefore responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation. The DCE is nominated by the president and endorsed by two thirds majority of Assembly members present and voting. The DCE is supported by Civil servant bureaucrats, led by the District Coordinating Director (DCD) and his/her functional line officers namely; The DPO, DFO, DE, IA, PO, HRM and AO, with supporting staff and head of decentralised departments.

The DCD is responsible for coordinating the activities of his line officers and the decentralised departments in the implementation of policy, programme and projects.

The Finance Department leads in the management and use of financial resources to achieve value for money.

The Finance Department advices management on the Financial Administration Act, Internal Audit Agency Act, Procurement Act, and any other financial regulations approved by the Government and by doing so ensures the maintenance of proper of accounts.

  • It directs and controls financial management in line with public sector accounting principles thereby safeguarding of the Assembly’s assets.
  • Issues transactional payments to agencies and vendors
  • Accounts for rates, fees, fines and licenses due to the District from the general public
  • Issues Business Operating Permits

The District Directorate of Education is working towards providing the opportunity for all children of school going age to have access to equitable and quality educations, capable of unearthing the innate skills and potentials with emphasis on children from the vulnerable groups.

To ensure effective geographical access, and efficient education management, the District has been divided into 8 Circuits. The District Education Office house temporally in a school block, which cannot adequately contain staff.

The District has a total of 141 schools most of which are in deplorable state.

Apart from being in poor conditions many are deprived in terms of sanitation facilities, TLMs and accessibility by road network to the facilities. There are still many schools being conducted under mud structures and trees.

The District has a special school of the Deaf which runs a Pre-school, Primary and JSS stream.  This is the only one of its kind in the Upper East Region. Because of the nature of school infrastructure and distribution many pupils now cover less than 2 km to attend schools. The special school offers parents in the region the opportunity to provide education for their differently challenged children. The school is expanding and requires the technical and vocational unit to support in the training of pupils. The assembly is frequently overburdened with the needs of the school.

 

Table 1. 59 Type and number of schools in the District.

CATEGORY OF SCHOOL NO. OF SCHOOLS
Pre-schools 50
Primary Schools 50
JSS 37
SSS 2
Technical/Vocational 1
Special School for the Deaf 1
Total 141

Agriculturally, the district is divided into three zones. Each zone is also further subdivided into Operational areas with each operational area being overseen by one Agricultural Extension Agent (AEA). There are other technical staff that perform only veterinary and enumeration duties.

There are district officers for the various sub-sectors of agriculture namely crops, livestock, agricultural engineering, Extension, Statistics Research and Information Division (SRID) and Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD). These officers together with the AEAs constitute the field service. There are other District Officers for the schedules of veterinary and Management and Information System (MIS). The district Director coordinates the activities of the Department of Agriculture.

The Department of Works oversees the maintenance and development of physical infrastructure, issues Building Permits and conducts Building Inspections. Works also assists the District Assembly and community members with the technical requirements for maintenance and building standards.

The department performs the following functions:

  • Issues Building Permits
  • Conducts Building Inspections
  • Manages the maintenance and development of public infrastructure for the assembly
  • Maintains and installs street lights
  • Enforces land-use plans
  • Manages all outdoor advertising affairs and contracts
  • Facilitate the implementation of policies on works and report to the Assembly, and provide advice on matters relating to Works in the Assembly.
  • Facilitate the construction, repair and maintenance of Public roads including Feeder Roads and Drains
  • Encourage and facilitate maintenance of public buildings and facilities in the Assembly.
  • Assist to build, equip, close and maintain markets and prohibit the erection of stores in places other than the markets.
  • Assist to inspect projects undertaken by the District Assembly with the relevant departments of the Assembly.

 

 

 

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The Social Welfare (SW) Department develops and implements social welfare and community development policies. SW assists the vulnerable and disadvantaged for social integration, provides an array of adult and child welfare services, administers Certificate of Commencement monitoring processes for all Non-Governmental Organizations, and organizes community development programs for life well-being. 

Functions :

  • Assists the vulnerable and persons with disabilities with services for social integration
  • Provides hospital welfare services
  • Issues Certificate of Commencement Certificates for all Non-Government Organizations (NGO)
  • After completing applications with the regional Register General, NGOs must register with the District Assembly in order to begin operations. Please review all requirements and complete appropriate forms.
  • Advocates for child and juvenile rights and administer social well-being services for families 
    • Day-Care centers: For those wishing to establish Day-Care Centers business services, application forms for business registration and training assistance must be completed prior to the start of operations.
    • Adoptions: If you are interested in adopting a child, application forms and a 3-month pre-adoption training course are required.

Offers social education training on the following:

  • Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty
  • National Health Insurance Services (NHIS)
  • Family courts 

The District Health Management Team, working in line with the governments’ policy on health, and in collaboration with development partners has the responsibility of ensuring that there is adequate access to quality health care in the District.

The health service provided in the district is both curative and preventive.  The service providers are mainly orthodox and traditional.

Administrative Division

To increase geographical access and to ensure effective health service delivery and administration, the district has been divided into eight administrative sub-districts namely; Datoku, Duusi/Gbane, Gorogo-Tengzuk, Pwalugu, Namolgo/Kpatia, Tongo, Tolla/Nungu and Winkogo sub-districts.

Health Facilities

The number of health facilities in the district are however not sufficient. Those available are also poorly equipped. The service providers comprise of the public and private sectors which includes Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the traditional practitioners.

The Table below shows the type of Health facility, administrative sub- districts, personnel status, location and the population served as at 2017. 

 

Table 1. 44: Sub- Districts, Location, Health Facilities, Personnel Status and Population Served

Sub-District Capital Health facilities Population

Estimate

Datoku Datoku Datoku Health Centre, Kupeliga CHPS, Kajetia CHPS    8,213
Duusi-Gbani Duusi Duusi Health Centre, Gbane CHPS, Gaare CHPS 12,913
Gorogo-Tengzuk Gorogo Tengzuk Gorogo Health Centre, Tengzuk CHPS, Wakii CHPS, Gbeogo CHPS  9,840
Namolgo, Kpatia Namolgo Namolgo clinic, Kpatia CHPS, Yagzore CHPS, Sheaga CHPS 15,173
Pwalugu Pwalugu Pwalugu HC, Balungu CHPS, Yinduri CHPS 7,860
Tolla, Nungu Tolla Tolla CHPS, Nungu CHPS, Accra site CHPS 6,223
Tongo Tongo Tongo District Hospital, Yameriga CHPS, Tongo beo CHPS, Sakpre/Tengre CHPS, Baare CHPS 13,851
Winkogo Winkogo Winkongo Health Centre, Shia Health Centre, Big Boss Clinic, Awaredone CHPS, Dapoore CHPS, Pusu-Namongo CHPS 12,685
86,758

Source:  GHS Talensi District Health-2017

 

The District is served by thirty-one (31) health facilities which comprise of one (1) Hospital, six (6) health centres, two (2) clinics (1 for CHAG) and twenty-tow (22) CHPS Compounds. To increase access to health services delivery, more CHPS zones will have to be made functional in order to bring health care delivery to the door step of the communities served.

The NADMO is operational in the Talensi District to help relief the occurrence of disasters in the District.  It is plagued with lack of personnel and resources. They have 28 personnel as against the expected 40 personnel. They also do not have vehicles for their official duties. These setbacks in the District retard the assessment of disaster areas and the distribution of relief items. For the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 disaster relief items have not been provided to affected victims to support them and tarnishes the image of the organisation.

Disasters in the District are in the form of natural and man-made. The main types of disasters are further classified into Flooding and Fire. Man-made disasters are usually in the form of bush fires, whiles flooding is the main natural disaster that occurs. Flooding mostly occurs in areas along the White Volta are other communities in the District that are prone to flooding. Fire related disasters are often witnessed in the all-over the District due to dry environment during the dry season.

As a way of reducing these disasters, the NADMO in Talensi District has embarked upon several disaster sensitizations exercises in schools, communities, churches and mosques among others. Besides these conventional disasters, the District also recorded a major out-break of Army Worm infection in 2017 on various farmlands. In all farmers all over the district were affected by the disease, which lead to Condifor insecticide being supplied to farmers. This eventually affect food production and the income of the people in that particular season (2017).