Nsuta (Ash), Sept 30, GNA “ The Programmes Officer of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Governance (CDD-Ghana) has appealed to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to do more to promote transparent and accountable governance.
Mr Paul Nana Kwabena Aborampah Mensah said they needed to share information on their activities to spur the people to actively participate in the political process.
This way, nagging suspicions, distrust and vile rumours that tended to create tensions and conflicts would be eliminated.
Mr Mensah was speaking at a training and capacity building workshop on social accountability in local governance for assembly members at Nsuta in the Sekyere Central District.
It was organized by the CDD-Ghana with support from the European Union for selected assemblies in the Ashanti Region including Bosome-Freho, Obuasi Municipality and Sekyere Central.
The goal was to aid District Chief Executives, presiding and assembly members to have better understanding of their roles to function more effectively.
Mr Mensah said there should be a deliberate effort to keep the communities adequately informed about the programmes and activities of the assemblies to carry them along. It is equally important to involve them in planning, drawing of budgets, and funds allocation to prevent agitations.
He said it was important for journalists to be also assisted to deepen their knowledge in local governance in order to present the right information to the public.
Mr Mensah reminded the assemblies to make wise use of their resources by getting their priorities right, adding that good governance entailed their applying the limited resources to provide better services.
He also urged the people to take interest in the activities of the assemblies, demand information and accountability.