28 June 2016

Wiase Community demands accountability from assembly

accountabilityWiase (B/A), June 27, GNA – The chief and people of Wiase in the Brong Ahafo Region are demanding accountability from the Sene West District Assembly on a school project being constructed.

This came after the assembly put up a three-unit classroom block for Wiase Seventh Day Adventist Junior High School in the community without proper consultation and involvement of the people in the process.

Nana Osabarima Gyan II, the Chief of Wiase, at a community dialogue forum, expressed disappointment about the attitude of the assembly regarding the project which was now above the lintel level.

The Wiase Community organised the forum to find out from the assembly details about the project.

Nana Gyan said apart from keeping the community in the dark about the project, the structure was of poor quality.

“We earlier held the view to organise the youth to pull down the structure but upon second thought, we felt the best option is to organise a forum and demand accountability from the assembly,” he said.

Nana Gyan pointed out that the project was not a top priority of the community, saying; “if the assembly had involved the community in the process, they would have opted for teachers’ quarters instead”.

“Currently, the classrooms in the community are adequate but the teachers have no accommodation, so our top priority is accommodation for teachers and not additional classroom blocks,” he said.

Mr Joseph Mensah, the Sene West District Planner, pleaded on behalf of the assembly and asked for forgiveness from the chief and the community.

He said the assembly would take steps to address all the wrongs about the project and gave the assurance that it would give urgent attention to the teachers’ quarters.

Mr Mensah said plans were advance to extend the street lights from Kwame-Dansu to Wiase to ensure the security of commuters on the road at night.

The Community Development Alliance (CDA), a non-governmental organisation, which is implementing the Ghana Strengthening Accountability Mechanism (GSAM) in the Sene West District, was represented at the forum.

Mr Salifu Issifu Kanton, Executive Director of CDA, said he was impressed about the dialogue engagement between the community and the assembly, a goal the GSAM was working to achieve.

He said the GSAM was not just conceived by a consortium of NGOs but also the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to bring about good governance at the local level.

Mr Kanton said the GSAM was aimed at strengthening community oversight responsibility on their district assemblies in the delivery of capital development projects to ensure performance, service delivery and development outcomes.

The project is also about building capacities of communities to demand accountability, participation and a fair share of development projects from government through their district assemblies.

Mr Kanton said active participation of communities in projects would lead to effective community ownership and efficient management of those projects.

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