Forum on OGP calls for openness in governance process

Saturday 8th September, 2018
By Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Sekondi, Sept. 8, GNA – 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.

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

The commitments include; Public Participation, Public Service, Fiscal Transparency and 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.

Mr Kwame Lan Tugbenu, the Metro Officer of the National Commission on Civic Education, 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 said, must also communicate information of their sittings to their constituents and charged them to document outcomes of meetings, have a succession plan and design rules and procedures for their operations.

He called on the citizenry to engage in voluntarism, be more concerned about issues that affected their welfare and take active part in finding solutions, particularly at the local communities, for holistic development.