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ASHMA holds citizens’ budget sensitization forum

Ashaiman, Aug. 03, GNA – The Ashaiman Municipal
Assembly (ASHMA) has held a citizens’ budget sensitization forum to educate
Ashaiman residents on the 2017 national budget and related development issues.

The forum, which was attended by representatives of
various trades, vocations and civil society groups, was organized by the
Rural-Urban Women and Children Development Agency in partnership with
Send-Ghana through the Ashaiman District Citizen Monitoring Committee (DCMC).

According to Mr Brimah Abdulai, Presiding Member,
ASHMA, such fora, organized quarterly, provided the platform for the Assembly,
development partners and the citizens to share ideas on their privileges and
duties in the national development.

He said DCMC monitors government’s pro-poor
policies and projects and presents findings and recommendations to the Assembly
and stakeholders.

“We have monitored the National Health Insurance
Scheme (NHIS), District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), Small Holder Agricultural
policy among others and discovered some lapses. 
We have presented findings and recommendations and have had commitments
made by the Assembly. We followed up on those commitments and they were
fulfilled,” he said.

Addressing the participants, Mr Abdul Wajah Brimah,
Budget Analyst, ASHMA, said government was embarking on various projects and
policies including boreholes, free antenatal/postnatal healthcare, free
immunization and improved NHIS, nationwide.

According to him, apart from the national projects
which would be benefited by residents of Ashaiman, the Assembly through with
its internally generated funds, the District Assembly Common fund and other
fund sources, had built a health centre, street lights, schools, drains among
others.

He appealed to residents to exercise patience as
every community in the Municipality would have its fair share of development.

During questions and answers session, most
participants raised the issue of poor sanitation and unhygienic practices such
open defecation and littering.

They suggested that severe punishment should be
meted out to offenders to deter others.

GNA

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