Town hall meeting critical for democracy –RIO

Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah Information Minister Designate

Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah Information Minister Designate

The organisation of town hall meetings is a very critical tool for enhancing the country’s democratic credentials and should not be compromised at all, the Upper East Regional Information Officer (RIO) Bennin Douri Issiffu, has observed.

He made the observation at separate town hall meetings organised by the Regional Directorate of the Information Service (ISD) for the Talensi and   Builsa North District Assemblies on Friday,

Mr. Issifu told the municipal and district chief executives (MDCEs) and the citizens in the region that it was not only the government that was very much critical for the organisation of town hall meetings.

He said some MMDAs had missed some support from development partners as a result of the failure to organise their town hall meetings, to engage with the people, as the constitution required.

The RIO explained that apart from such fora providing conducive atmosphere for the various MMDCEs to engage the citizenry to explain government’s policies and programmes to them, it also created the opportunities for the citizens to hold the duty bearers accountable.

While pledging the support of the ISD to always partner with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to organise more of such programmes, the RIO entreated the MDCEs and all citizens to take advantage of the opportunity provided them to help enhance the country’s democratic credentials.

He also observed that poor communication between leadership  and their constituents often tend to breed apathy and noted that the only way to resolve such problem was through the town hall meetings that would bring everybody on board to ensure the effective participation of all citizens in the decision making process of the country.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the Talensi District, Dr.Christopher Boatbil Sormiteyema, catalogued a lot of developmental projects including health, education, agriculture and water the assembly had initiated and appealed to the citizens not to hesitate to make constructive criticisms that would lead to the development of the area.

The Builsa North DCE, Mr. David Amoabil Afoko also mentioned a number of development projects including the construction of schools, Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compounds, agriculture warehouses and called on all stakeholders to support the assembly to weed out criminals to pave way for more development.

FROM SAMUEL AKAPULE, TONGO

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