Incorporate traditional systems into modern day governance – Dr Osae

Dr Eric Oduro Osae, Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies, has observed that there is the need to incorporate traditional systems and practices into modern day governance in order to enhance development process.

“We have relegated our traditional customs to the background and copied blindly from the develop world – but I think if we are able to incorporate our traditional practices into modern day systems, it will help our governance system”, he said.

Dr Osae made the observation at a one-day sensitisation workshop for non-state actors, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Traditional Authorities on the Local Governance Act (Act 936) and the Revised Planning and Budgeting Guidelines for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) held in Wa.

The Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA)/LOGNet collaboration was funded by the Inter Ministerial Coordinating Committee (IMCC).

Dr Osae noted that there is the need to bring back the quality assurance people have in the traditional system into the modern day governance architecture.

He explained that the quality assurance system associated with the traditional system was what was needed in modern day governance in order to ensure that democracy, through popular elections brought about the electing of the most competent and most popular person to lead the nation.

Dr Osae said traditionally, before one could become a chief, he or she must qualify and must also be accepted by the people to lead them.

He indicated that democracy by popular elections only led to the electing of the most popular person but not the most competent person, adding that “I think we have to go back to our roots, it will help us.”

Dr Osae noted that assembly members and Members of Parliament (MPs) also represented their people at the various levels and they must let their decisions and voting reflect the interest of the people.

He lamented that the practice of assembly members and MP’s not consulting their electorates before voting for decisions was against representative democracy, noting that the country must develop its laws in such a way that it would be mandatory for the people to go back and consult the people they represent.

Madam Gladys Gulian Naadu Tetteh, Deputy Executive Director, CLGA, said the new Local Governance Act, Act 936 has come to empower citizens to do a lot of things at the local level. -GNA

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