The Nadowli-Kaleo District Office of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has held a Social Audit activity with the people of Nadowli to promote community ownership of development projects and policies.
The programme also sought to increase public awareness about operations of Local Government establishments and empower citizens to demand accountability from public office holders.
Addressing participants during the event, Mr. Tambile Der Emmanuel, the Nadowli-Kaleo District Director of NCCE, said Social Auditing was one of the flagship programmes of NCCE to promote community ownership of projects for sustainable economic growth.
“This programme seeks to give an opportunity for persons outside government operations to influence policy-making, implementation, and evaluation,” he said.
The District Chief Executive, Madam Katherine T. Lankono, encouraged participants to get involved in issues about developing their communities for effective implementation and sustenance.
She said Government would continue to work with institutions and civil society organizations to increase active participation of citizens in governance, especially in the planning,
implementation and delivery of public goods and services at the national, regional and district levels.
She applauded the NCCE and the European Union for promoting social accountability and also for mobilizing citizens to take ownership of government programmes to ensure improvement in service delivery.
The participants identified five major issues of concern in Nadowli that covered Education, Women and Children, Agriculture, Health and Taxes and Tariffs.
The people expressed worry about “falling standard of basic education” in the community and charged on duty-bearers to take a concerted action to remedy the situation.
They also implored the District Health Management Team to deal with issues of delays in delivery of healthcare services at the District Hospital.
The District Assembly was urged to initiate policies and programmes that would contribute greatly to women empowerment in communities and also consider Nadowli for their dam re-construction in the government’s “One Community, One Dam Project”.
Community members also called for the institution of measures to monitor tractor service providers during the farming season since they often “cheat poor and illiterate farmers” in the community during the season.
About 69 participants comprising 35 females and 34 males patronised the programme seeking to deepen ownership of development projects.