The people of Akim Oda and its environs have been educated on the “Participatory Planning Cycle (PPC)” of the district assemblies, a platform created to enlighten non-partisan groups on their civic roles in the local governance system.
The programme is under the Social Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (SPEFA) financed by the government and the SNV Netherlands to reach out to the people in the rural areas and is aimed at helping them appreciate the challenges of local governance to eschew apathy.
Mr George Agyeman Badu, the Assistant Development Planning Officer at the Birim Central Municipal Assembly also the SPEFA Desk Officer took the participants through interactive and functional participation, and information sharing.
He said the people needed to play active roles in the PPC, to ensure effectiveness in the assemblies’ service delivery.
Mr Frank Odei Anim, a member of the Eastern Regional Media Network on Social Accountability urged the public to avoid conflict of interest and to ensure equitable representation at the PPC.
Mr Kofi Adjei-Amparbeng, the Programmes Director for 4-H Ghana, a non-governmental organization and also a facilitator of SPEFA projects said the assemblies ought to liaise with the public to enhance the development of Birim Central Municipality.
Later in an interaction with the Ghana News Agency, the participants called for whipping up of interest in the activities of the district assemblies to strengthen the country’s governance and the democratic dispensation.