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DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS MEET APRM DISTRICT OVERSIGHT COMMITTES IN CAPE COAST PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cornelia Amoah (PAO)   
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 19:05

Development Partners and DOC members at the end of the meeting in Cape CoastAPRM District Oversight Committees (DOCs) in Mfantsiman in the central region and Shama in the western region have met with two development partners, GTZ (German Technical Co-operation) and KFW (German Development Bank) in Cape Coast for an interactive on activities of the District Oversight Committees which  are representatives of the National African Peer Review Mechanism Governing Council in the communities.

 

The discussions were based on the Role of District Oversight Committees in Popular Participation and Decentralization, the impact of DOC surveys on the Municipal and District Assemblies as well as technocrats and other stakeholders.

The Committee members talked about the diverse and non-political nature of their membership which is supervised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to ensure credibility and transparency. 

On popular participation, the District Oversight committees shared their experiences on outreach programmes with educational institutions, traditional councils, festivals, churches, Muslim communities and market associations on the principles of the APRM.

The DOCs highlighted the major activity of monitoring and evaluation of day to day activities in the districts which led to a survey conducted by selected DOCs on the performance of the local government system based on the four thematic areas of the APRM; Democracy and Good Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management , Corporate Governance and Socio-economic Development.

They explained that the results of this survey which was validated by people in the communities as well as the District Assemblies brought to the fore many of the challenges in quality education, health, sanitation, provision of water and electricity roads and infrastructure faced by the communities.

Open ForumDuring an open forum, a presiding member and technocrats from the Municipal and District Assemblies commended the District Oversight Committees for their commitment to good local governance and their non-partisan approach to duty.  They said  the results of the survey has been a huge eye opener which has already led to improved performance  in the provision of water, sanitation facilities, rehabilitation of roads and infrastructure and the launch of an  education fund to motivate teachers  and to address the fallen standards of education and the poor performance of  students.

At the end of discussions, representatives of both the GTZ and KFW said it was stunning and spectacular to observe people from the communities, demonstrate so clearly, the ideals of the APRM in local governance which is ownership. They commended the Executive Secretary Dr. Francis Appiah and Ghana for pioneering the APRM and for again introducing the District Oversight Committee concept based on grassroots participation.

The Chairman of the National African Peer review Mechanism Governing Council, Rev. Prof. S.K. Adjepong commended GTZ and KFW commitment to the APRM and acknowledged the dedication of the DOCs. He said the store of knowledge exhibited by the DOCs is a very useful review of the APRM process because it brings out strengths, shortfalls and solutions. Prof. Adjepong said the uniqueness of the DOC initiative has brought a number of countries to Ghana to share in this experience. He said the APRM has made these achievements because it has no political colour and needs a stronger partnership with the media to improve information flow on plans, activities, challenges and progress, especially in the local communities.

The District Chief Executive of Shama, Ms Emelia Arthur chaired the meeting. She commended the APRM District Oversight Committees for their remarkable performance in the monitoring and evaluation of activities. Ms Arthur said a number of decisions already taken by the Assembly were informed by the results of these surveys. Ms Emelia Arthur said this is testimony of Ghana’s growing democracy and what needs to be done is to ensure the sustenance of the APRM Oversight Committees.

 She added that there is the need for the people of Ghana to make a commitment to work harder to catch up with contemporary nations now making great strides.

The District Oversight Committee members expressed appreciation for the opportunity and support from the NAPRM-GC and Development Partners to serve the nation.

They pledged to work harder to make good governance a reality.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 May 2010 16:38