NCCE: Demand accountability in govt funded projects

Ms Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson, NCCE

Ms Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson, NCCE

The Sekyere South District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Evans Nunoo, has expressed worry about the citizenry’s lack of demand for transparency and accountability of government funded-projects within their localities.

He noted that “if citizens take interest in government funded projects by the assemblies’ corruption will minimise, we should demand accountability in the cost of government-funded development projects and other financial transactions.”
“Understanding in quotation of the new currency has hindered their capacity to ask relevant questions where cost of assembly projects stated as GH¢200 million, may have different representations to the grassroots persons in the local communities as they may understand the quoting in the old currency and not the new currency,” Mr Nunoo stressed.

He appealed for resources and funding from relevant agencies, to intensify its effort at educating the public on their rights and responsibility to the state and conversion of the old currency to the new which has contributed to corrupt acts.

Mr Nunoo said the process had become unduly protracted and the citizenry in rural communities had not grasp the situation saying “alternatively, some unscrupulous persons within local markets preyed on the ignorance of the people and deliberately quote prices of products in the old currency to dupe them.

“Discrepancies and alternate use of price quotations in both the new and old currency has also affected the patronage of Ghanaian products by foreigners in the country, due to prices of items quoted in the old currency may look exorbitant to foreigners.

“Discrepancies in monetary quotations after 11 years of re-denomination is a serious issue, needing immediate action to end the seeming confusion of older people and those in the rural communities,” Mr Nunoo cautioned. -GNA

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