Dr Kwabena Twum Nuamah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Berekum East, has lauded the implementation of the Social Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (SPEFA) programme in the Berekum Municipality.
He noted that the programme was impacting positively on the lives of the people, enhancing their participation and engagement in the development of the area.
Dr Nuamah, however, expressed his concern about the indiscriminate selling of lands within the municipality.
The MP gave the commendation when he contributed at a town hall meeting in Berekum, jointly organised by the Mission of Hope Society (MIHOSO), and the Netherland Development Organisation (SNV-Ghana), non-governmental organisations.
It was attended by traditional rulers, assembly members, artisans and business associations, traders, heads of departments and other staff of the Berekum Municipal Assembly.
Dr Nuamah appealed to the Berekum Traditional Council, and the Lands Commission, to collaborate and help control the selling of lands in the municipality.
He also expressed concern about the high level of examination malpractices in second cycle and tertiary institutions in the municipality, indicating that the Nursing and Midwifery Training College in Berekum, has been banned as an examination centre, because of malpractices.
Mr Thomas Benarkuu, the Project Coordinator of MIHOSO, explained that his organisation and SNV-Ghana were contracted by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, to implement the SPEFA programme in the Berekum and Sunyani municipalities.
He said that the programme sought to help citizens to directly engage with governments in order to improve the performance of essential services.
SPEFA approach offers a good opportunity to include women and children in the implementation and monitoring of services in their communities, Mr Benarkuu added.