Mr. Daniel Agbesi Latsu, Kadjebi District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has observed that low level of civic participation and engagement at various levels of governance remained a key drawback in the democratization process of the country.
He said the situation had resulted in “disequilibrium” between the “supply and the demand” side of good governance, and needed urgent attention.
Mr. Latsu made the observation at a sensitization programme at Dzindziso-Buem in the Kadjebi District of the Volta Region.
Speaking on the topic: The Role of Assembly and Unit Committee Members in the Local Government System,” he said Assembly members were the people’s representative at the Assembly, who had to give regular feedback to the people on whatever happened at the Assembly.
Mr Latsu asked them to maintain frequent working relationships with organized productive economic groups, and also take part in communal and development activities in the districts.
Mr. Latsu, a former Assembly Member for the Keyime Electoral Area in the Agortime-Ziope District, said communities were linked to the Assemblies through Assembly Members, Town/Area Councils, and Unit Committees.
Those elected individuals, he said, must therefore demand accountability from the Assemblies on the resources made available to the various Districts.
He advised Unit Committee members to work closely with the people, especially in raising revenue, and ensuring environmental cleanliness, registration of births and deaths, implementation and the monitoring of self-help projects, among others.
Nana Aprem, Chief of Dzindziso-Buem, was grateful to the NCCE, and therefore called for regular programmes to help educate the people on their rights and civic responsibilities.
Similar programmes were held at Gyamonome, Ketepii, Wawaso and Kosamba, all within the district.
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