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Mr Haruna Abdulai, the Sunyani Municipal Planning Officer at the weekend, advised local communities to initiate self-help development projects to attract support from Municipal and District Assemblies.

He said though it was the responsibility of every district assembly to facilitate development of communities, localities which plan and execute their own development projects easily get assistance from the Assemblies.

Aside the district assembly support, civil society and non-governmental organisations are also ready to support and work in communities which are development oriented, he said.

Speaking at a social audit forum held at Kootokrom in the Sunyani Municipality, Mr Abdulai called on traditional authorities to help revive the communal labour spirit so that their people could contribute to the development of their localities.

It was organised by the Sunyani Municipal Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in line with a project being implemented by the NCCE with support from the European Union.

The three-year project aimed at promoting transparency and accountability at the Municipal Assembly level by deepening grassroot participation so that the local people would contribute their part towards execution of development projects.

Mr Abdulai called on Assembly members to endeavour to meet regularly with their constituents, identify their immediate needs, so that the Assemblies could capture them in their development plan based on priority.

Mr Benjamin Kyere, the Sunyani Municipal Director of NCCE, noted that local people could monitor and supervise projects if the Assemblies engage them in the awarding of contracts at the initial stage.

He said it was imperative for the communities to know the cost and duration in the construction of project to make them well informed saying this would not only help guard against shoddy works but would create a sense of ownership among the people.

Meanwhile, teachers at the Kootokrom M/A local primary school have expressed concern over the state of a three-unit classroom block constructed by the Municipal Assembly for the school.

According to the teachers, construction work on the project which cost GHC186,480.00 was completed last year, but the students had not moved in because it was not in good condition.

The classroom block has developed serious cracks, and a threat to the lives of teachers and students, a teacher who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

He appealed to the Assembly to trace the contractor to work on the deteriorating part of the building before the students move in.

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