Some residents of the East Mamprusi Municipal Assembly (EMMA) in the North East Region have complained about the lack of proper planning and building control in the municipality saying it has led to unauthorised siting of property in the area.
They said this resulted in perennial floods amongst other challenges, which had health concerns calling on the Municipal Assembly to take steps to rectify the situation.
They raised the concerns at a forum on social auditing at Gambaga organised by East Mamprusi Municipal Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to promote community ownership of development projects and policies.
The forum, which brought together duty-bearers, identifiable groups, traditional authorities, non-governmental organisations, students amongst others, was also to increase awareness on the citizenry on the operations of the EMMA and empower them to demand accountability from duty-bearers.
It followed the successful conduct of municipal-wide sensitisation actions on the Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP) to deepen the knowledge of the citizenry on what constituted corruption, its forms and effects, including its linkages with human rights.
Other participants were also not happy that workers of Zoomlion in the assembly had not been paid for over a year now demanding that the situation be rectified to improve sanitation in the assembly.
Mr Mark Gumah, Environmental Officer at the EMMA said the improper siting of property in the EMMA was because there was no Town and Country Planning Office in the EMMA to plan and manage orderly development of human settlement.
Mr Gumah, on the issue of non-payment of Zoomlion workers, said they had migrated its workers onto a biometric payment system hence the delay in the payment of allowances to its workers assuring that the allowances would soon be paid.
Meanwhile, the NCCE in the EMMA has sensitised a number of stakeholders in various communities in the area as part of the second phase of the ARAP, which is supported by the European Union, with the aim to promoting good governance, protect the environment, reduce corruption and improve accountability and compliance with the rule of law.
The stakeholders included; traditional authorities, market women, youth groups, while the communities were; Gambaga, Nalerigu, Sakogu, Wundua, Nagboo, Langbinsi, and Samni amongst others.
NCCE also undertook dawn and dusk broadcasts in the communities using a mobile van in a bid to reach a large number of people with the ARAP message.
Mr Abu Nassam, EMMA Director of NCCE, who led the exercise in the communities, expressed the need for all to eschew corruption and live up to their civic responsibilities.