Citizenry urged to demand accountability

The Koforidua Diocese of the Catholic Church Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Commission, Reverend Father Andrews Dunyo, has urged the citizenry not to leave governance of the country to only the executive arm of government to run.

According to him, “governance actually takes place at the grassroots, however, most of the people are not aware of their role and cannot demand accountability from the duty bearers.

Rev. Father Dunyo made the call at a community engagement organised by the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua Justice and Peace Commission to educate residents of Betom, a community in the New Juaben South municipality on their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

“The effort of the Catholic Church is to disabuse the minds of the citizenry to actively participate in local governance, the project will enable majority of the people to understand governance is not only at the executive level, but resides in those whose contribution will help promote good governance and bring about development,” he stressed.

Ebenezer Acheampong of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) observed that the main function of a Member of Parliament (MP) is to enact laws in Parliament, meet with their constituents, explain to them activities that took place in parliament and exercise an oversight responsibility on activities of the executive arm of government.

“MPs are not the implementers of development projects in the communities since development in communities do not fall within their mandate however, an MP can lobby for a project for his constituents,” he indicated.

Mr Acheampong urged the residents to channel their development projects through their assembly members to the assemblies, because they are the right outfit to ensure development in the communities. -GNA

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