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NCCE to embark on nationwide education on Local Governance Act

By
Dennis Peprah, GNA 

Sunyani, Aug. 11, GNA
– The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is to embark on nationwide
exercise to sensitise citizens on the new Local Governance Act 936.

Dr Eric Osae, a Dean
at the Institute of Local Government Studies, said the public education was
necessary so the populace would keep abreast with provisions in the Act.

He was speaking at a
sensitization forum on the Act for non-state actors in Sunyani, organised by
the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA), a non-governmental and
research organisation, attended by traditional rulers and civil society
organisations.

Dr Osae said the
enforcement of the Act 936 begun in January but expressed worry that many of
citizens are still not acquainted with certain provisions in it.

He called on civil
society organizations and the traditional authorities to augment the efforts of
government and support the sensitisation exercise.

Dr Osae said citizens
must comply with the provisions in the Act, and that since chiefs and queens
are the embodiment of the people, their role in the enforcement of certain
provisions in the Act could not be underestimated.

He said littering
around and indiscriminate waste disposal were serious offences and traditional
rulers, who are the custodians of the land, would be in the best position to
enforce the bye-law.

Dr Osae said it is
unfortunate that the communal labour and the spirit of voluntarism among
citizens has waned and underlined the need for traditional rulers to re-visit
such practices to help rid society of filth. 

Dr Osae urged the
media to highlight the essence of the Act and help intensify the sensitization
exercise.

Mrs Gladys Tetteh, the
Deputy Executive Director of the CLGA, said her outfit has organized similar
sensitization forums in other regions and advised the participants to share the
knowledge they had acquired with others.

GNA

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