‘Citizenry interest in local governance sustain peace, security’

Nana Asantewa Afadzinu

Nana Asantewa Afadzinu

Stakeholders in local governance in the Central Region have commended the immense contribution of the citizenry in deepening local governance and transparency.

They observed that the civil society space has witnessed historic successes with the advent of the funding agencies in whipping up citizenry interest in active local governance, transparency and accountability.

Speaking at the regional launch of STAR-Ghana Foundation held in Cape Coast, Ofori Boateng, the Regional Director of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) said STAR Ghana’s impressive work had been effective in maintaining national peace before, during and after polls especially in the year 2016.

“This is an enviable feat that must be sustained and improved upon with other state actors to maintain national peace, cohesion and tranquillity, rally unflinching support of my outfit towards sensitising the citizenry on their rights and responsibilities to enhance national development,” he noted.

Launching the STAR-Ghana Foundation, Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, a member of the Governing Council, explained that her outfit exemplified the Ghana beyond aid agenda, supporting locally grown solutions to advance development, contribute to sustainable and inclusive change.

“The foundation is built on successes of the former to chart a new course of social change and inclusiveness with civil society in ensuring a self reliant society, it will continue working with civil society to connect their interest with others, help to ensure all voices are heard by decision makers, locally and nationally.

“It also aims at creating platforms for the citizenry, particularly most marginalised to become active in development processes, create awareness among key stakeholders and the public on its vision, mission, functions and operational areas across the country,” Nana Asantewa Afadzinu assured.

George Ben Smith, Vice President of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry on behalf of the Association, donated a cheque of an undisclosed amount and urged corporate bodies to support the institution to deliver on its mandate.

“It is the responsibility of all institutions to collaborate and support the foundation to create a well-informed and active citizenry to advance democracy, accountability and social inclusion,” he stressed.

Nana George Frimpong, Regional President of the Federation of Persons With Disabilities (FPWDs), also lauded STAR-Ghana for supporting and helping to educate their members on their rights and responsibilities.

They were also grateful for advocating for special Braille ballot papers for the blind in the 2016 polls and subsequent elections to boost their morale in the election. -GNA

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