4-H Ghana, a positive youth development organization, has inaugurated members of the citizens platform in the New Juaben South Municipality (NJSMA) at Koforidua.
The platform seeks to promote citizens participation and inclusiveness in service delivery in the NJSMA.
The citizen’s platform forms part of a local government project which seeks to ensure the functioning of Zonal Councils in the NJSMA and it is funded by STAR GHANA and its partner organisations.
In a speech delivered at the inauguration ceremony, Mr Appiah Kwaku Boateng, the Executive Director of 4H Ghana, said the project is aimed at empowering the zonal councils to operationalize their activities as a sub-structures of the Municipal Assembly and bring governance to the door steps of the citizens.
He said when citizens of a country are able to access the services of the district assembles at their door steps, they would be motivated to take active participation in the governance process.
Mr Boateng said the citizens platform is expected to provide opportunities to marginalized persons in the zones to participate fully in local governance at the zonal level.
He said it will provide a forum where issues affecting development and the interest of the people especially the vulnerable in the society could be raised for reddress.