The local governess system is facing challenges in improving the public participation and having accountability collectively in the decentralization process. The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) has commended the Government to deal such dares.
The challenges such as delays in funds payments to the regional assemblies, internal low profit and just relying over government funds are some problems thrived in local bodies.
A delegation from the IDEG visited the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry (MLGRD) this Monday and pointed out these issues. A survey was conducted in Prestea-Huni Valley, Tarkwa-Nsuaem and Shama districts of Western Region.
The enhancement in local government was started in May 2014 by Local Governance and Decentralisation Programme Ghana (LOGODEP) with the aid of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The delays in payments of funds often delay projects related to health, Education and Cost Monitoring, The IDEG delegation explained.
Moreover they recommended specifying an amount of funds to invest in disable persons to help generate them their own income instead of giving them stipends.
It was also said that the distribution of funds was made biasedly.
A Senior Research Fellow at IDEG, Dr Kwesi Jonah said that the members who are close to the governing party only get true information.
Also IDEG claimed that this project has improved trust in between civil society organisations and local assemblies.
The suggestions are always welcomed by the Social Accountability Unit of the MLGRD which play an important role in improving public financial management along with Ministry’s efforts.
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