The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), in collaboration with authorities at the Kwahu West Municipal Assembly has held one of its social auditing durbars in the Abetensu community to enlighten residents of the area on the need for citizens to take keen interest in monitoring key developmental projects being implemented by government in their various communities.
The well organized durbar was attended by members of the Abetensu community, religious leaders, students, traditional leaders and some staff of the KWMA.
Welcoming participants to the purpose of gathering, Mr. Owusu Agyei Francis, Municipal Director of the NCCE in the assembly noted that, government intends to encourage the spirit of communal development and responsibility among the citizenry hence, the introduction of the durbar to charge residents of every community to take personal interest and responsibility in making sure that government’s developmental projects and that which has been initiated by community member themselves are all being supervised and monitored by the community itself. This according to the director, will help to involve the citizenry in responsible nation building.
Mr. Owusu Agyei further indicated that a five member social auditing committee will be inaugurated as part of the durbar to effectively take ownership of all government and community initiated projects and ensure value for money.
“After this durbar, a five member social auditing committee will be inaugurated to supervise and monitor the progress of all projects to ensure that the people benefit from the projects as intended. Let me add that the contingency fund at the assembly is one source from where community members can access funds to carry out their developmental projects and therefore I encourage community members to initiate their own projects since they know what they want” he said.
Municipal Chief Executive for Nkawkaw, Lawyer, Yaw Owusu Addo on his part, commended the NCCE for organizing such a durbar to bring the citizenry to their responsible task of ensuring that they are well equipped to be able to on behalf of government, ensure that the assembly concept impact positively on members of all communities.
The MCE again indicated that, the government of H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo is committed to being transparent in every initiative it takes by allowing the citizenry to take part in the implementation of all policies and also benefit from same.
“What i will add briefly is that, the forward or backward march of our development largely depends on us as citizens and therefore, every one of us should respect every call by Nananom for communal labour because that is our responsibility as citizens. Let me also reiterate the issue of self help as a community because government has a swift way of supporting such initiatives”.
Nana Appiah Wife, the Krontihene of Abetensu who chaired the occasion also on his part thanked government and the NCCE for the education given his community members through the social auditing durbar and promised to support the five man auditing committee to carry out their responsibility of ensuring that, the community develops faster.
Story by Nana Kwame Andoh