Mr.Siapha Kamara, the founding Chief Executive Officer of Social Enterprise Development Foundation of West Africa (SEND West Africa), has called on Ghanaians to take up the challenge of exercising their responsibilities to put government on the right track at all times.

He said, this will only be possible when the citizens of this country demand for accountability from government and duty bearers as part of their responsibilities to make them deliver on their promises.

He said this during the 20th anniversary celebration of SEND West Africa, dubbed, “20 Years of Empowering Good Governance and Transforming Lives: A Ghana Development Success Story”.

Mr. Kamara, however charged Ghanaians to pay their taxes as responsible citizens. Saying, “It is also when you pay your taxes that the government can roll out its Free SHS policies and healthcare. And Ghanaians should also task the government to make sure its policies are in alignment with their interest.”

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, on his part, assured SEND-Ghana of their continuous support and commitment towards the achievement of their organizational goals and objectives in promoting good governance and seeping the country’s diplomatic dispensation.

He intimated that, “We are indeed gratified to acknowledged your invaluable service to the country through your support to our socio-economic development.

We would like to emphasise the effective collaboration that has existed between us in implementing programmes geared towards improved service delivery to our communities. You have been a key partner in delivering on our core mandate in terms of monitoring, evaluating and undertaking impact assessment of government policies in district assemblies in the Region.”

The Regional Minister, further indicated that SEND-Ghana’s contribution in implementing efforts in the review of delivery of public service specifically in the context of service provision in the education and health sector, deepening decentralisation and the efficient management of resources at the local level has been very commendable.

Adding that, “Many of your project initiatives particularly the project titled ” Making the Budget Work for Ghana” have aided the employment of CSO’s and citizens with skills and knowledge to monitor sectoral budget formulation efficient and effective use of budgetary allocations.”

According to the Atg. Deputy Chief of Mission and Director, USAID/Ghana Mission, Sharon Cromer, SEND has journeyed at the forefront of advocacy, policy research and community mobilisation in the Region.

She indicated that, “Over the past four (4) years, the U.D governments through the USAID has been a steadfast partner by your side. In fact, USAID considers SEND to be a strategic partner. Due to your commitment to increase accountability and to get voice to citizens at the most remote conners of this great nation and I’m proud of you.”

Sharon, also noted that, SEND-Ghana supports national and district medium development finance, to ensure that sectors are adequately resourced and that district assemblies are comfortable to provide services to their constituencies.

She said, “To attain Ghana beyond aid, SEND is empowered in local communities lifting up their voices from the most remote communities to encourage government to deliver quality services.”

Celebrating 20 years of its exceptional contributions to poverty reduction and the promotion of good governance practices,
SEND-Ghana was founded in Ghana in 1998, and then extended country programmes in Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2004.

It has however, mentored SEND Liberia and Sierra Leone in accountability, transparency, equity and participation practices over the years, and all three nationally recognised organisations have significantly improved the economic development and governance of the region.

Certificates were presented to some key partners and staff whose work have been exceptional towards SEND-Ghana’s 20 years achievement.

In attendance to grace the occasion were, Hon.Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Christian Tardif, Director of Development Programmes at the Canadian High Commission, Emeritus Prof. Kwame A. Ninsin, University of Ghana, Dr. Samuel N. Duo, country Director of SEND-Liberia, Mr. Joseph Ayamga, country Director, SEND-Sierra Leone, Mr. George Osei-Bimpeh, country Director, SEND-Ghana, Janet Mahama, Board Chair, SEND-Ghana, and many others.


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