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CEDEP Organizes Town Hall Meeting At Ejisu

A Town-Hall meeting organized by Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), a non-governmental organization, in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality has ended at Ejisu.

  It was on the theme: “Enhancing Civil Society Effectiveness in local governance through Dialogue”  

The participants included chiefs, assembly members, heads of department and institutions, opinion leaders, students, market women, the disabled among others. 

In a welcome address, an Assistant Programme Officer of CEDEP, Mr. Eugene Thomas Mensa, said the meeting was to provide a platform for the duty bearers in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipal Assembly to engage the citizenry in a discussion on issues affecting the people and the development of the area. 

He said it was also to offer the officials the opportunity to clear any misconception about their jobs and performances.   

In his welcome address, the Ejisu-Juaben Municipal Co-ordinating Director, Mr. Louis K. Bayuoh, charged the people to resolve to dialogue with the assembly than peddling falsehood. He said the assembly was ever ready to account for every pesewa that came into its coffers and appealed to the people to assist the Municipal Assembly to generate more revenue by ensuring regular payment of their taxes. 

He said local administrators were prepared to put in place effective mechanisms that would factor their concerns in decision making regarding resource distribution, its availability and service delivery.  

 

Mr. Bayouh commended CEDEP for organising the meeting and suggested that the meeting should be organised every three months to help promote unity and the development of the area.    

 

Presenting the 2015 Action plan to the meeting, the Municipal Planning Officer, Mr. Collins Ohene Gyan, said the assembly had projected GH₵ 23,941,955.44 to take care of 87 projects cut across all the sectors including Education, Health, sanitation, water, agriculture among others. 

 

Answering a question why more development is centred at the urban areas than the rural communities, Mr. Ohene Gyan said the assembly took priorities into consideration based on funds available and assured the people that the assembly had resolved to use its share of the District Development Facility (DDF) Common Fund, Internally Generated Funds (IGF), and other funds to carry out some important social and economic infrastructure in selected communities in the municipality.

The planning officer also assured persons with disability that the assembly had made funds available to cater for their needs in the 2015 budget.

Source: ISD (Emmanuel Buorokuu, Ejisu-Juaben)

 

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