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Inclusive accountability project begins in Upper East

By
Samuel Akapule, GNA

Bongo(U/E), July 30, GNA –  A new governance project dubbed”
Strengthening Inclusive and Accountability Local Governance”,  has started in  the Upper East Region.

The project, which is being implemented in the
Bongo and Nabdam districts by the Community Development and Advocacy Centre
(CODAC), an Advocacy and human rights organization, with funding support from
STAR-Ghana, is aimed at addressing issues on gender inequality and social
inclusion.

Speaking at separate ceremonies held in the
Bongo and the Talensi Districts to kick start the project, the Project
Coordinator of CODAC, Mr Seidu Musah Akugre, said despite government’s
commitment to gender mainstreaming and social inclusion in policies, programmes
and service delivery approaches continued to persist in the region. 

He said it was to help bridge the gap that his
outfit with support from STAR-Ghana is implementing the project, aimed at
increasing the capacity and voice of the target groups, their organizations and
communities  to engage more actively with
local government  authorities, .

“The project will mobilize rural women and
other excluded groups to make them aware of their rights and entitlements and
make local government decision-makers aware of their responsibility”, the
Project Coordinator said.

He said it would support to build the capacity
of the two district assemblies to undertake gender equality and social
inclusion responsive planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting and
strengthen the capacity of community level citizens’ groups and the media to
influence local policies and programmes.

Mr Saaka Sumaila, the Project Consultant,
urged the assemblies to create congenial atmosphere for more gender and social
inclusion activities.

Mr Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga, the District Chief
Executive for Bongo, said accountability and transparency would be the hallmark
of his administration adding that the project would help him to achieve the
stated objective.   

In attendance were, PWDs, Assembly Persons,
Queen Mothers, Traditional rulers, Market women, community leaders, past
Assembly persons,  the media Gender Desk
officers, Directors of National Commission for Civic Education  and CHRAJ.

GNA

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