Mr Appiah Kweku Boateng, the Executive Director of 4H Ghana, had said one of the challenges of the district assembly concept since 1988 is the election of many assembly members with very little resources to support their efforts.
He said currently many zonal councils, which were created under the local government system to enhance local participation and development, are not performing their expected functions.
Mr Boateng, head of the non-governmental organization that focuses on youth development, was speaking at a panel discussion on citizen participation and inclusive social service delivery in the New Juaben South Municipal area.
The project is funded by Star Ghana with the New Juaben South Municipal Assembly as implementation partners.
Mr Boateng said with the implementation of the district assembly concept, the assemblies cannot rely on the Common Fund to finance development projects of the ever increasing and expanding population of the districts.
He called for the empowerment of the Zonal Councils under the assemblies to help collect the huge untapped revenues due to the assemblies in the communities and also to help enhance service delivery to the people.
The project seeks to increase by 30 per cent the participation of excluded persons such as vulnerable groups of people, youth as well as women and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the governance process.
It is also expected to help improve service delivery by the zonal council, increase revenue mobilization as well as increase in beneficiaries of the disability fund.
Mr Boateng urged the people of New Juaben South to own the project through effective participation and capacity building of citizens.
The event brought together government officials, traditional leaders, assembly and zonal council members, PWD’s and other stakeholders in the municipality.