For citizens to participate effectively in the development process, there is need for them to be adequately informed on the development processes in their localities, the Omanhene of the Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V has observed.
He said it is highly inappropriate for development to take place without the involvement of the citizens for whose sake leaders claim to be initiating projects.
Nana Nketsia was speaking at the Western Regional launch of the Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) project in Takoradi on Tuesday.
The GSAM project is being implemented by CARE International, IBIS and the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Under this five-year project (2014-2019), local civil society organisations (CSOs) are supported to monitor and disseminate information to citizens on the planning and execution of capital development projects by their respective District Assemblies. This is to enable citizens to hold their local authorities accountable and to demand improved service delivery.
The project would be implemented in 100 districts across the country, 12 of which are in the Western Region.
“After electing leaders, we sit back. Instead, we have to follow up to ensure that these leaders are indeed working in our interest,” Nana Nketsia, who chaired the launch, stated.
He said people go into politics and become super rich because no one is watching and therefore called for increased participation in the governance process by citizens to ensure accountability, performance and the judicious use of public resources.
The revered chief, who is a scholar in African History, used the platform to call on Africans to do away with self-doubt and to believe that the African is indeed capable of running his or her own affairs successful.
Other speakers included the Chief of Party of the GSAM project, Clement Nana Tandoh, the Director of Finance and Administration at ISODEC, Mr Tay Awoosah and a Deputy Director at the Western Regional Coordinating Council, Mrs Dorcas Hutchful Aidoo, who represented the Western Regional Minister, Mr Paul Evans Aidoo.