Ncce Audit
Ncce Audit

Mr Daniel Baya Laar, the Bawku Municipal Director in charge of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has observed that engagement of the citizenry on social auditing deepens their knowledge on what constitutes corruption and development initiatives.

He noted that it was essential to build the capacities of the citizenry to increase their knowledge and strengthen their power to demand and hold duty bearers who are mostly local government functionaries accountable to shape democratic principles, and forge transparency and rule of law.

The Director made the observation at a social auditing engagement durbar at Nyorugu, a farming community near Bawku in the Upper East Region.

According to Mr Laar, understanding the concept of social auditing further deepens the citizens’ acceptability of their roles and responsibilities which invariably leads to good governance, as they appreciated the urgency in positively pushing office holders and leaderships to account for their stewardships.

Mr Laar therefore urged the community members to avoid apathy on issues of development and develop keen interest in activities around their communities and actively participate in such educative platforms.

Mr Eric Aburinya, Bawku Municipal Director at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) noted that corruption was a threat to development and charged the community members to report issues of corruption to existing organisations assigned to deal with such matters including CHRAJ, the Economic and Organised Crime office (EOCO) the Ghana Police Service, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and other state security agencies.

The engagement was aimed at promoting community ownership of development projects and policies, increase awareness of the operations of the local government system and to empower the citizenry to demand accountability from duty bearers.

About 250 participants including; the traditional authorities, faith-based organisations, youth groups and some identifiable groups were engaged.

The meeting later formed a community implementation committee to ensure that duty bearers served the needs of the people as expected.

Naba Amadu Azinim, Sub-Chief of Nyorugu commended the NCCE for its role in sensitising the people as part of its contribution to the development of the citizenry and called on the Municipal Assembly to construct a toilet facility and a borehole to serve the Nyorugu community and to curb open defecation.

At a need’s assessment session of the meeting, the community members, mostly women prioritised water and sanitation, education, health and the road network.

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