SEND Ghana holds community durbar on budget

Asutuare (GAR),
Sept. 18, GNA – SEND Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, has held a
community durbar for the inhabitants of Asutuare and surrounding communities,
to engage with the District Assembly officials on the implementation of the
2016 Budget.

The forum, with the
key focus on the implementation of the education and health components of the
budget, provided opportunities for the citizens to make inputs into the
development projects they would want to see implemented in 2017.

The quest is to ensure
that citizens have the interest in the budgeting process and would be able to
make inputs and not therefore leave resource allocation and utilisation in the
hands of public officials, whose interests and priorities may not necessarily
reflect the interest of ordinary citizens.

The programme falls
under ‘Making the Budget Work for Ghana’, project which aims at addressing
current governance challenges affecting the effective delivery of basic
education and health services in poor communities in Ghana through improvement
in budget planning, execution and monitoring systems.

The four-year
project is being funded by the World Bank under its Global Partnership for
Social Accountability initiative and implemented by SEND Ghana

Speaking at the
durbar, Mr Frederick Asiamah, Head of Planning Shai Osudoku District Assembly,
urged the citizens to bring their ideas and contributions to the development of
their communities to bear in the budgeting process.

This, he said they
could do by bringing their suggestions to the Assembly through their elected
representatives for considerations and implementation.

Mr Asiamah said the
budget is a process and the programmes are reviewed to see work done and the
tasks left undone are rolled-over to the coming year.

He said mobilisation
of revenue is key in getting resources to implement the projects and encouraged
the people to pay their taxes to get the jobs done.

Mr Asiamah said over
the last nine months the District had carried out various projects in the
education and health sectors in the Asutuare and surrounding communities,
including school buildings, teachers’ quarters, and CHPS compound among others.

Besides the Assembly
also organised District mock exams for junior high school students and a
residential course for selected schools to help reduce the failure rate and
boost performance.

Various
sensitisation and prevention activities had been carried out to stem the spread
of diseases.

There are also plans
to enroll more basic schools onto the school feeding programme next year, build
kindergartens, complete the school building projects, and construct a water
closet toilet facility, among other projects.

During the open
forum, the people expressed concerns about the treatment being meted out to
persons with disability especially regarding their share of the District
Assemblies Common Fund and appealed to the Assembly to expedite action to
ensure that they are treated fairly.

There were also
concerns about lack of a market, street lights and the maintenance of the only bridge
that links Asutuare to other communities.

Mrs Harriet
Nuamah-Agyemang, Programme Officer SEND Ghana, said the durbar was organised to
enable the assemblies reach out to the communities since it was one of the key
tasks for them under the decentralisation agenda.

GNA

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