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Regional News of Thursday, 18 April 2019

Source: GNA

Nana Piabo appeals for completion of market and Jubilee School

Nana Kwaw Piabo IV, the Tufuhene of Daboase Traditional Area, has called on the Wassa East District Assembly to complete an abandoned market and Jubilee School at Daboase, which has transcended two governments.

He said the projects started under the Kufuor Administration but had, up till now, not been completed.

The Tufuhene made the call during a 'Social Auditing Programme,' organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) with support from the European Union at Daboase in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.

Participants were drawn from civil society organisations, traditional authorities, independent governance institutions, the District Assembly, Daboase Senior High Technical School, and Association of Persons with Disability.

Others were from the Hairdressers and Beauticians Association, Association of Garment Makers and Market Women.

Addressing the gathering on the subject 'Social Auditing,' Mr Andrew Acquah, the District Director of NCCE, said it formed part of a nationwide sensitisation programme on Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability.

He said Social Auditing was an innovative mechanism aimed at promoting community ownership of development projects, increasing awareness on the operations of local government and empowering the people to demand accountability from duty bearers, to enhance citizens participation in local governance.

Mr Acquah said many Ghanaians took a long break after participating in an election, saying the situation weakened the foundation of democracy.

He reminded the gathering that political participation was not limited to voting and that citizens must make conscious efforts to get actively involved in local governance by monitoring and evaluating development projects in their communities and take steps to address all inadequacies identified.

Mr Acquah explained that Article (1) Clause (1) of the 1992 Constitution gave power to the people to demand accountability from duty bearers and that Sections 40-48 of the Local Government Act also supported citizens participation.

He said active participation in governance would enhance Ghana's democratic credentials.

A Social Audit Committee was setup to initiate interaction with local authorities on problems raised during the function.

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