Assemblies urged to erase corruption misconception

Judith Adomako-Ofosua, the Mfantseman Municipal Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has urged Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to be more transparent and accountable to people and erase the misconception and possible accusations assemblies are corrupt.

“Assemblies must open up to the citizenry and their stakeholders on the processes of developmental projects to erase misconceptions and possible accusations of corruption with their work.

“Transparency, accountability and participation are key tenets of good governance, especially at the local level, where the citizenry are affected directly by government policies, programmes and decisions,” she explained.

Mrs Adomako-Ofosua made the call at a town hall meeting organised by the Anomabo Parish Justice for Peace Committee (PJPC) in collaboration with the Municipal Assembly at Anomabo-Taido.

It was on the theme: ‘Community participation in local governance for rapid development’, where various speakers at the forum educated the participants on the assembly’s interventions to speed-up development and in turn, received suggestions and answered questions from the people.

Mrs Adomako-Ofosua noted that all necessary information on execution of any developmental project should be made available to the public, particularly beneficiary communities’ right from the onset to ensure transparency and build trust between the public and the assemblies.

“The assemblies must endeavour to account for every contract awarded for the citizenry to know what their taxes are being used for, to motivate them to honour their tax obligations because they often feel cheated for lack of provision of right and quality developmental projects, do not understand developmental processes since the assemblies fail to make information available and accessible to them.

“That notwithstanding, they must be encouraged to be bold to report people for their corrupt and illicit deeds as part of their constitutionally mandated obligations to protect and safeguard national interest at all times.

“Don’t be intimidated by their political affiliation, financial status or fear of being terrorised and victimised since the commission and it’s allied institutions are ready, determined to protect, reward to encourage and motivate others to emulate it,” Mrs Adomako-Ofosua assured.

Samuel Kittah, the Municipal Planning Officer, expressed that the assembly is determined and committed to significantly improve infrastructural development in the municipality and outlined some infrastructural projects the assembly had embarked on including roads and educational facilities and assured that all abandoned projects would be continued. -GNA


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