IDEG holds stakeholder forum on local governance in Tamale

Kofi Awity, Director of Operations at IDEG

A day’s Stakeholder forum on participation of political Parties in Local governance has been held in Tamale with the aim of empowering community members on governance.

The forum, organized by the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), centered on democratic governance in Ghana which, according to IDEG is usually characterized by pockets of threats and violence during election.

Addressing participants at the forum, the Director of Operations at IDEG, Kofi Awity condemned such violent tendencies during elections.

“Since 2010 the institute, based on several studies and researches, came to a certain understanding that our democratic system is characterized by a certain amount of threat of violet tendencies and sometimes violence itself during elections,” Mr Awity noted.

He added that: “we also notice that the system we have here is such that once we elect a president, he has the power and control over the resources; the fiscal and the material resources, and he singularly appoints 216 chief executives for all the Metropolitan Municipal and District areas. That system is actually exclusionary because it does not allow popular participation in governance. Whether it is the NPP that comes into power or it is the NDC that comes into power it is exclusive to either NDC or exclusive to the NPP.”

Mr Awity further  reveals that the country has practiced local governance for 30 years, and mentioned that the objectives of local governance when it was implemented in Ghana was to ensure popular participation of citizens in governance as well as tackling accountability and improving service delivery in the Country.

“We have practiced local governance over three decades, of course 1988 to 2017. That is virtually thirty years of local governance in Ghana. The objectives of local governance when it was put in place was to ensure popular participation of citizens in governance, the second objectives linked to decentralization was to ensure accountability, the leaders have to do and the citizens demand of them to account on what they have to do. It was to improve service delivery in the areas as well as poverty reduction’’ he stressed.

The forum was attended by the Paramount Chief of Sagnarigu, Naa Yakubu Abdulai, Queen mothers from Bunkurugu and Bole Traditional areas, representatives from the Regional Coordination Council, the Northern regional Chief Imam, Sheik Abdul Salam Ahmed among others.

By: Fatahiya Mohammed,