The Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM), a project aimed at improving local government transparency and accountability, has urged the Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to employ fresh graduates with specialty in auditing to ensure financial probity.
Mr Clement Tandoh, the Chief of Party of GSAM, said the MMDAs could tap from the huge human capital base trained by Ghana’s tertiary institutions for economic growth.
He was speaking at a learning event organized for its key partners including Civil Society Organisation (CSOs), the MMDAs, the media and others.
The GSAM is a five-year project seeking to strengthen citizens’ oversight of capital projects to improve local government transparency, accountability and performance in 100 districts of Ghana.
Expected to end in 2019, the Project receiving funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by CARE International, Oxfam in Ghana (formerly IBIS), ISODEC, the Ghana Audit Service (GAS) and 27 other CSOs.
The 100 project Districts were selected by a research conducted by the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) – Ghana, Legon, which identified critical districts.
Mr Tandoh said the GSAM project was contributing to making local government authorities more accountable and responsive to citizens’ concerns.
“GSAM’s work has also empowered citizens to monitor and assess infrastructure projects being implemented in their respective communities by using information available to them to demand accountability and improved performance from their assemblies”, he added.
The projects areas include sanitation management, toilets, mechanized boreholes, classroom blocks, community centres, CHPS compounds, hospital wards, feeder roads and irrigation dams.