Teere and the Community Development and Advocacy Centre (CODAC), Non-Governmental Organisations, have urged Ghanaians to participate effectively with local government authorities in decision making at the district assembly level.
The call was made during a meeting for Community Based Organisations (CBOs) across the three northern regions under the citizen’s participation and social accountability project.
The meeting, which was held in Wa, the Upper West regional capital, was on “enhancing citizen’s participation in social accountability at the districts level” and attracted over 40 CBOs representatives.
The Teere and CODAC are working in collaboration with GIZ, a German International Development Organisation, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and other supportive partners, to assist citizens to fully participate in the affairs of their district assemblies.
Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Teere said one of the major obstruction encountering most Municipal and District Assemblies was the lack of citizens participation in the decision making process.
“The CBOs and CSOs should support the communities to engage more effectively in local governance at the districts level” Professor Nsoh said.
He said the 1992 constitution guarantees every citizen the right to participate in the local democratic processes by ensuring that they contribute positively to discussions on developmental issues in their areas.
The 1992 constitution, Chapter 20, clause 240, section 2(e), states that “to ensure accountability of local authorities, people in particular local government areas shall be afforded the opportunity to involve effectively in their governance”.
The Acting National Coordinator of the Local Governance Network (LOGNET), Mr Christopher Dapaah said the lack of citizen’s participation in the development cycle was one of the reasons for the poor service delivery in the various Municipals, Metropolitans and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
He said “There is a need to create the necessary background to permit enough citizen engagement at the district assembly level” adding that, “deepening knowledge on participation and social accountability, within the context of local governance Act 936 of 2016, was a legal tool for good and accountable governance.