CBOs demand information on government programmes

By
Albert Futukpor, GNA

Tamale, Oct 05, GNA –
Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Northern Region have called on
government to make available information on its various policies and
interventions to the citizenry to enable them know about developments in their
areas.

The CBOs said
information on government’s borrowings and new policies and programmes,
especially Free Senior High School (FSHS) and double track system was not
available to the citizenry, which was not the best.

This was contained in
a communique issued by CBOs after a two-day festival, which ended in Tamale on
Thursday.

The communique signed
by Hajia Mariama Yakubu, Chairperson of CBOs Regional Assembly in the Northern
Region, was copied to the Ghana News Agency in Tamale on Friday.

The CBO Festival,
organized annually by the Ghana Developing Communities Association, a
non-governmental organization, created a platform for participants to learn and
share experiences on issues that affected community development.

Over 100 CBO members
drawn from various districts in the Northern Region participated in this year’s
festival, which was the 11th in the series.

The communique said,
“Government should learn from the experiences and challenges of developed
countries on both FSHS and its borrowings” to ensure that they benefited the
people.

It said “Government
should ensure that the FSHS does not compromise the quality of senior high
school education in the country.”

It said “Government
should avoid delays in disbursements; the Ministry of Education should effect
fees transfers one month prior to re-opening of schools to ensure funds arrived
at schools before they re-open.”

The communique called
for a wider consultation of stakeholders on the FSHS and double track policies
to ensure success.

It also called on
government to widen the tax net to include the informal sector and block
leakages in tax collection to improve revenues for development.

It said “Government
should ensure that its borrowings are put to best use for the benefit of current
and future generations.”

It called on
“Government to ensure that the citizenry are actively engaged in formulation of
national policies through broader consultations at both the local and national
levels on national policies.”

The communique pledged
the commitment of members the CBOs to create awareness on the need for the
citizenry to pay tax whiles community members demand quality services from duty
bearers.

GNA

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