By Gideon D. Ebbah, GNA
Aug 22, GNA – Mr Ewald Quaye Garr, Acting Programme Lead for Civic Empowerment
for Community Action (CECA) at the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG),
has appealed to local community members to actively get involve and monitor the
implementation of development projects in their areas.
He said active
community participation in the development and implementation of socio-economic
development projects was crucial to ensure transparency, accountability and
value for money.
Speaking to the
Ghana News Agency at Ahensan in the Sekyere East District after inspecting some
ongoing development projects in the community, he said community ownership was
important in project execution and acceptance by community members.
The tour was
jointly conducted with Governance Issues Forum Network (GIFNeT) and community
members to monitor progress of work on development projects such as boreholes,
school buildings and health facilities, being implemented by the district
assembly from the District Assembly Common Fund and District Development Fund.
It was part of
initiatives being implemented by IDEG and Mondelez International Cocoa Life
Programme to build capacities of local people in cocoa growing communities to
actively participate in local governance and influence decision making.
communities visited were Ahensan, Mahinso, Apemso, Odurokrom, Okaikrom,
Motokrodua and Ntunkumso.
Mr Garr pointed
out that active involvement and engagement of community members in the
planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects,
was the surest way to guarantee effective and efficient utilization of national
Ibrahim, Assembly Member for the Bimma Electoral Area, commended IDEG and
GIFNeT for the continuous support in empowering the local people and
facilitating the development pace in their communities.
Harvery, GIFNeT Chairman for the District and a native of Ahensan, said the
initiative had provided opportunity for citizens to know how and when public
funds intended for them were being utilized.