"Support for Local Democratic Debate" Project Launched in Takoradi
The “Support for Local Democratic Debate” project which is being piloted in the Western Region to promote local participation in democratic governance, empower and increase citizens’ engagement with local authorities towards solving local or community challenges was launched by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development and the French Embassy, with collaboration from the Western Regional Coordinating Council and the Western Region Network of NGOs (WERENGO).
Launching it, the representative of the Regional Minister Mr. John G. Koomson expressed concern about the poor community participation in local level elections. He hoped the intervention by CDD-Ghana and the French Embassy would help address the problem.
In his statement, Mr. Aborampah Mensah of CDD Ghana highlighted the importance of democratic governance to Ghana’s development. He said the grants were meant for the implementation of activities that would promote local governance and engagement with local authorities. He therefore called on all stakeholders to monitor their activities towards the successful implementation of the project.
Mr. Christian Joly of the French Embassy emphasized the need for local communities to be actively involved in their local choices. He expressed delight about the overwhelming proposals received, prompting the Embassy to increase the number of projects to be funded from the initial 40 to 50.
The event was attended by representatives from the French Embassy, Traditional Authorities including the Paramount Chief and President of the Western Nzema Traditional Council, Awulae Annor Adjaye III who was the Special Guest of Honor, representatives from the Western Regional Coordinating Council and other Municipal/District Assemblies in the region.
Other invited guests included Heads/Representatives from various government departments and agencies in the region including the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the Department for Community Development, the Department of Social Welfare, the Ghana Health Service, the Information Services Department, the Ghana Education Service, officers from the Security Services and the media.