OGP: Openness in governance process needed to improve assemblies

Mr Tugbenu

Mr Tugbenu

Some members of the Multi-Stakeholder Forum set up by the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) Project have called for openness in the governance process and availability of information by the assemblies.

A survey on participation and openness in governance conducted by the Project Team revealed that 81 per cent of the 1,141 respondents were not happy about the lack of openness between the assemblies and the people they manage.

A brainstorming workshop to solicit inputs into selected commitments of operational areas at Sekondi, revealed that more engagements needed to be carried out by city authorities for effective local governance.

The commitments include, public participation, public service, fiscal transparency, civic education and participation to improve public service delivery in the assemblies.

The outcome would aid in the drafting of the 2018 OGP local action plan.

Kwame Tugbenu, the Metropolitan Officer of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), who spoke on techniques of community engagement to enhance information sharing, entreated the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly to do proper targeting and segmenting in order to have the full participation of the citizenry.

The assembly members, he pointed out, must also communicate information of their sittings to their constituents and challenged them to document outcomes of meetings, have a succession plan, design rules and procedures for their operations.

Mr Tugbenu called on the citizenry to engage in voluntarism, be more concerned about issues affecting their welfare, take active part in finding solutions, particularly at the local communities, for holistic development. -GNA


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