By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA
Sept. 19, GNA – The Social Accountability and Media Network Project has begun a
five-week intensive campaign to improve citizens’ participation in governance
in six municipalities in the Eastern Region.
The Project, under the Ministry of Local
Government and Rural Development, covers the New Juaben, East Akim, West Akim,
Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Birim Central and Kwahu West Municipalities.
It would use the services of local radio stations,
community sensitisation and the Information Services Department (ISD).
The focus of the campaign would mainly be on
revenue mobilisation, sanitation, permit acquisition, education, health and the
citizen’s involvement in the decentralisation process and other challenging
issues faced by the municipalities.
The Social Accountability and Media Network
Project is aimed at increasing citizens’ participation in governance especially
at the grassroots level to improve involvement and relationship of the
assemblies with the people in their respective localities.
At a briefing in Koforidua, Mr Elvis Otto, a
consultant to the project, said, in order to achieve the highest impact, the
campaign would be run in collaboration with the respective assemblies.
He appealed to the beneficiary municipalities
to select focal persons to collaborate with the networks to ensure that
challenges in revenue mobilisation and cooperation of the citizens with the
assemblies are addressed.