Aspiring Assembly Members Go To School

Half-Assini, WR, Feb 26, GNA – The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO)-Ghana, with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has organised a workshop to build the capacity of 42 selected aspirants of the Jomoro District Assembly.

They include two incumbent members, three women and four Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

The workshop, under the theme: “Enhancing Citizens’ Participation in the 2015 Local Government Elections: Deepening Ghana’s Decentralization Process”, is part of a nationwide series, to particularly, support Women, the Youth and PWDs, to win seats in the March 3 election.

Mr. Edward Ampratwum, a Senior Researcher of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO)-Ghana, urged assembly members to prioritise their work of improving sanitation and hygiene in their communities towards controlling communicable diseases.

He said poor sanitation was gradually degrading the environment and defacing the beauty of major cities and towns, therefore, they should implement pragmatic measures to reverse the trend.

On funding, Mr. Ampratwum said the Assemblies   were mandated by the Local Government Law, Act 462, to build a sound financial base, but most of them had failed in that duty, thus leading to an over dependency on the District Assemblies Common Fund.

He said this had affected their ability to fund their development projects so they should work hard at improving their IGF.

Mr. Nurudeen Alhassan, the Greater Accra Regional CODEO Coordinator, said the youth, women and PWDs, had been marginalized in society for far too long in the sharing of leadership positions, hence CODEO’s intervention in ensuring that they got their fair share in the impending local government election.

Similar programmes were held at Ellembele, Nzema East, and Bia West Districts.


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