Adentan SPEFA Group Launched
Adenta, July 24, 2014. GNA – The Adentan Social Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (SPEFA) Group was launched here today with a call on stakeholders to actively participate in the preparation and execution of development plans of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMAs).
Mr Benjamin Baroson Angenu, Municipal Chief Executive of the Adentan Municipality Assembly (AdMA), who made the call, stressed that the District Assemblies had been created to bring holistic development to the people through active local level participation. He said it was therefore â€œcritical that the assembly periodically accounts to its people for the mandate and resources that have been entrusted to itâ€.
â€œIt is for this reason that attention is now being given to the issue of social accountability where citizens should have unimpeded access to official information as long as they are entitled to receive such information,â€ the MCE stated.
Mr Angenu said, to encourage citizen participation in governance and development and the opportunity to receive adequate information, approved institutions had been put in place to organize citizens, build their capacity and motivate them.
He drew the participantsâ€™ attention to the fact that there were several avenues they could use to get their views heard or to seek information. These avenues include, assembly members, unit committees, and zonal councils, departments of the assembly and offices of the Presiding Member or the MCE.
However, he said, in view of the much opportunity being given to citizens to participate in local government, it would no longer be fair for some citizens to continue to speculate, generate and spread unsubstantiated information.
â€œLet us all play our roles as good citizens of Adentan by holding the assembly accountable while also fulfilling our civic obligations,â€ he urged the gathering, adding that they should be mindful of laid down regulations and procedures and conform accordingly.
Madam Nora Ollennu, Chief Executive Officer of Intervention Forum (IF), local capacity builder for the SPEFA, said the group â€œis a network of citizen groups and networks that engages local government authorities on Public Financial Management (PFM).
IF, she said, â€œis a non-governmental organization working in relation with SNV-Ghana (Netherlands Development Organization) as the local capacity builder (LCB) under the Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP)â€.
Her outfit, she explained, â€œuses an integrated package of support to strengthen the capacity of urban assemblies or Metropolitan and municipal Assemblies (MMAs) in Ghana and also strengthen local government accountability mechanisms to ensure that the assemblies are held to account by citizens and national governmentâ€.
Members of the SPEFA Group range from MMAs, zonal/urban town councils to traditional authorities, identifiable community leaders, farmers associations, womenâ€™s groups, representatives of identifiable political parties, the media, Civil Society Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, members of Parliament and ministers of state.
Madam Ollennu outlined the duties and responsibilities of stakeholders or members of the SPEFA Group that will focus on improving accountability thereby enhancing transparency of stewards and participation of citizens in national development.
â€œThe existence of the SPEFA group also helps the assembly in a way such that the group serves as a link between the assembly and the general public to be able to make the public understand better the dealings of the assembly,â€ she stated.
â€œAs citizens, what we say and do matter since we can make or unmake our development process,â€ she emphasized.
Mrs Sarah Naa Dede Agbey, Project Manager for SNV, implementers of SPEFA, said the project, being funded by the World Bank through the Ministry of Local Government, aimed at providing a platform that would help build the capacity of members of SPEFA to enable them to learn a lot from the AdMA.
Through the programme, Mrs Agbey said members of the group shall through talks, dialogue and education, be able to know their civic responsibilities and obligations. â€œCitizens should make the government and assemblies account to them; the people should also play their roles as responsible citizens who are up to their civic responsibilities like paying their taxes and actively participating in the development of their communities,â€ she added.
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Published: 2014-07-24 15:57:28