Civil Society Organisations and opinion leaders of Asokore Mampong Municipality have undergone a 2-day training on public financial management at the hub of No Business as Usual (NBU) Project located within Asokore Mampong Municipality.
October’s version was a plus to previous trainings received on the same content under the auspices of the officials of the European Union funded No Business as Usual (NBU) Project.
On the 18th September 2019, officials took them through a social accountability tools monitoring and evaluation workshop as an attempt to improve transparency and Social accountability from duty bearers within the same Municipality.
Close to nine CSOs aside opinion leaders turned up at the hub of NBU Project in the early hours of Wednesday 30th and Thurday 31st October 2019 for the latest training to be equipped with knowledge on how to well track the implementation of budgeted projects within the Municipality.
This is a way of ensuring that what is captured in the assembly’s action plan reflects in their delivery on the ground.
The focus areas of the training were; assessing how participatory the preparation and implementation of the 2019 Budget of Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly (AMMA) was, conduct an analysis of the extent to which local economic development related projects suitable for public private partnership and other interventions crucial for development of the Municipality that were initiated by CSOs in 2018 were included in the 2018 budget and subsequently the 2019 budget.
Others included the assessment of challenges associated with the implementation of the 2019 budget and how well CSOs in the Municipality effectively tracked the implementation of the low cost projects which were initiated jointly by them and AMMA for inclusion in the 2018 budget during the mid-year review.
Nine CSOs which were officially marked for the training were; Centre for Community Livelihood and Development (CCLD), Empowerment Centre for Women and Children ( ECWC), Muslim Family Counselling Services (MFCS), Voice of the Vulnerable (VOV), Network of Empowered Youth for Development (NEYOD), Seed of Hope Foundation (SOH), Assemblies of God Cooperative and Credit Union (AoGCCU), Centre for the Development of Children.
Executive Director for Network for Empowered Youth for Development (NEYOD) Mr Hilton Terry Kesse indicated in an interview that the involvement of CSOs in the affairs of the assemblies is key, owing to the fact that they are the bridge between the assembly and the citizens.
CSOs he stressed must be an advocacy tool as in ensuring that the right this is done.
He cited that the participation of CSOs in the affairs of the assembly is what has hastened the development of a number of countries.
“CSOs have enormous role to play and that the surest way to ensure that budget tracking is done effectively is by sitting up in their delivery as far as budget tracking is concerned.
Without their involvement, the nation’s development will retard and there is no way we will be able to move forward in development”, he noted.
He clearly stated that CSOs participation in the affairs of Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly is not necessarily punching holes in whatever the assembly does but to assist and ensure value for money and effective communication.
He pledged to the strengthen the various Civil Society Organisations within the Municipality for effective participation and budget tracking.
At the training, Consultant and Senior lecturer at the Department of Planning-Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Mr. Prince Anokye gave them a tutilage on the theoretical overview of public financial management.
He touched on areas including; how to have a successful budget tracking, budget tracking principles, importance of budget tracking, social accountability among others.
In an interview, he advised participants to make an effective utilization of the knowledge acquired.
“Their delivery should not be in a way that will sabotage the process or make people unpopular but to help the masses gain enormous benefits” he said.
By Enock Akonnor,