The Tim Africa Aid Ghana in collaboration with the Centre for Democratic Development, OSIWA and the Tano South District Assembly has embarked sensitization programme in the Tano South District of the Brong Ahafo Region to empower citizens to demand accountability from the Government Institutions and Agencies.
Cross section of participants and facilitators at the meeting
In a short opening address, the Presiding Member for Tano South District Assembly Hon. John Dadzie thanked management of the Tim Africa Aid Ghana for organizing such programme to educate citizenry to take part in the Assembly’s decision making processes and urged all participants to contribute their quota to make the programme a success.
Hon. John Dadzie (PM) welcoming the participants
Addressing the gathering, Mr.Ernest Kusi, the Director of Tim Africa Aid Ghana said the theme for the programme was ‘’Building Transparency, Participation and Feedback Around Local Government Budgeting and Planning System’’ and stressed that, the Local Government System became operational in 1980 where rural folks were encouraged to take part in the Local Government Planning and Budgeting System. He said since the Ghana’s 1992 Constitution mandates all citizenry to demand accountability from the management of the various Government Institutions and Agencies, his outfit will continue to sensitize the public on Local Government Planning and Budgeting System to ensure that the needs of the people are provided by the government.
Mr Ernest Kusi addressing the gathering
The Chief Planning Officer for the Tano South District Assembly, Mr David Owusu Ansah who took the participants through planning concept defined planning as a roadmap leading to development agenda. He said that the Medium Term Planning always has objectives and such objectives are the main vision of the government.
Mr. David Owusu Ansah speaking at the function
Mr Ansah said, planning goes with objectives, execution and implementation and stressed that since planning brings development, there is the need for the Assembly to plan effectively and efficiently to ensure people acquire schools, hospitals, road, electricity etc.
The Budget Officer for Tano South District Assembly, Mr Isaac Owusu Sekyere said that since Planning goes with budgeting, there is the need for the Assembly to budget its development projects to ensure the most priorities ones are executed. He said the Assembly meet the stakeholders to solicit their views before preparing fee fixing and hinted that the Assembly finance its administrative work through the use of Internally Generated Fund.
Present at the meeting were Nana Awuah Boadi, the Bechem Nifahene, Assembly Members, officials from the Assembly and the general public.