The Regional Manager for Centre for Human Rights and Advanced Legal Research (CHRALER) Mr. Ernest Arkosah has challenged Assembly members at Afigya Kwabre District in the Ashanti region to institute a committee that will champion the sole responsibility of monitoring the execution of projects at their various electoral areas.
The committee he again underlined will serve as a medium through which residents will channel their grievances on projects executed by the assembly all to ensure that resources allocated to them by government are properly utilized.
Speaking at a one-day training program organized by CHRALER in conjunction with Resource Link Foundation, Protect the Needy Foundation and Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Mr. Arkosah noted that the above mentioned measure will reduce to the barest minimum the issue of shoddy projects awarded by the Assembly and that all projects will fall within the pressing needs of the community and not the Assembly.
Lack of existing committees to push pressure on contractors and the assembly he underlined as very worrying and has for years offered the assemblies the privilege to take the development of a good number of communities for granted.
Mr. Arkosah challenged that the time has come for citizens to gather courage and question authorities of their respective assemblies on whatever development work is carried out in their area. The workshop was organized under the theme; “Promoting Citizens’ Engagement and Social Accountability”.
Touching on social accountability, Mr. Arkosah indicated that CHRALER is forever committed towards ensuring that the concept which is an initiative of government receives the needed projection. CHRALER which is non-profit , non-govermental orgainsation recognizes that meaningful respect for human rights and an accessible and effective system are essential to foster effective democratic governance and ongoing development within Ghana.