The people of Sraneso No. 2, a farming community in the Offinso North District, have called for the strict monitoring of development projects in the community to end the performance of shoddy work by contractors.
They believed that contractors entrusted with the responsibility to execute particular projects, would have no choice but to deliver quality job, if duty bearers monitored the progress of the contract at every stage.
Citing the fast rate at which a primary school block in the community deteriorated a few years after construction to buttress their claim, they pointed at shoddy work by the contractor as the cause.
Residents of the community, expressed these sentiments at a social auditing forum organized by the District office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in the community.
The social auditing forum, was aimed at promoting community ownership of development projects, increase awareness of operations of the local government and empower the citizenry to demand accountability from duty bearers.
It formed part of the Anti-corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability Programme (ARAP) being implemented by the Commission with funding from the European Union (EU).
Community members and some officials from the District Assembly participated in the nationwide exercise during which they identified their problems and brainstormed to develop strategies to address them.
The people expressed concern about the politicization of previous projects by community members, which most often undermined the objectives of the project’s implementation and called for change in the interest of the community’s development.
Ms. Rosina Owoo, the District Director of the NCCE, underlined the importance of the forum, which she said provided a platform for the people to engage duty bearers to deepen the decentralization process.
She said it was imperative for communities to initiate projects not only to speed up developments in their respective localities, but also ensure a sense of ownership.
The NCCE Director applauded the people for their commitment to the development of the community after they reached a consensus to build a three-unit classroom block for the Junior High School in the community.
Nana Addo Dankwah, Chief of the community, implored the people to bury their differences and unite for the development of the community.