Penplusbytes sets its accountability radar on Government Assurances

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Penplusbytes through the Committee on Government Assurance (CGA) is embarking on a 5 day pre-verification tour in some selected communities in Ghana on it “Connecting Citizens to Parliament II project.

The project is a digital platforms that allow citizens to report on progress of work on various projects by government and play an effective oversight role over assurances given by government in Ashanti, Savannah, Northern and Upper West regions.

In deepening good governance and accountability the team visited project sites at the Komfo Anokye Teaching and Tafo Government hospitals where construction works on maternity blocks are currently on-going and then to the newly constructed Wa Regional hospital as well inspects water projects in Tamale and Damango.

Programmes director at Penplusbytes, Jerry Sam says the visit is necessitated by the need to confirm the authenticity of citizens’ feedback on the assurances especially related to easing the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare delivery, water and sanitation issues in relation to the hospital and water projects.  

According to him the digital platform has received thousands of messages from citizens mostly on assurances being presently monitored by the committee and the verification process is to ascertain the progress of work in those regions.

Connecting Citizens to Parliament II project aims at complimenting the efforts of Ghana’s Parliament through the CGA to effectively play its oversight role on the executive to ensure improved public service delivery.

The outcome of this trip will form part of a policy brief that will be generated and passed on to the CGA ahead of their own monitoring visit at a later date after which a final report will serve as evidence based on which appropriate sector ministers will be held accountable during the CGA’s public hearings.

By: Blessed Dadzie – Kesmi News/Tamale

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