Assemblies urged to deepen the interaction with the people

Assembly members have been asked to deepen their interaction with the people to help significantly promote local good governance.

Mr. Pasor Sule Banni, an Internal Auditor at the Afigya-Kwabre District Assembly, said they should not only listen to their concerns to properly articulate these during assembly meetings but to equally importantly, adequately inform them of decisions taken.

This, he noted, was important for people to follow with keen interest the activities of the assemblies to ensure transparency and accountability.

He was speaking at a workshop on “promoting citizens engagement and social accountability for sustainable development” held at Kodie.

It was organized by the Centre for Human Rights and Advanced Legal Research (CHALER) in partnership with the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry, Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Resource Link Foundation and Protect the Needy Foundation.

The French Embassy in Accra provided the funding and the goal was to identify ways for increased participation of the people in local governance.

Mr. Banni said more should be done to enable the chiefs, opinion leaders and everybody to become part of the decision-making process to speed up the development of the communities.

He also reminded the assemblies to ensure that there was free flow of information to remove needless suspicion and tension between them and the communities.

Mr. Ernest Akosah, CHALER’s Ashanti Reginal Manager, advised assembly members to act to protect resources meant to transform the living conditions of the people. GNA

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