05.08.2006 Social News

NCCE calls for social auditing

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The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in the Upper East Region has Region called for social auditing in the Ghanaian society.

The Commission explained social auditing as a monitoring process that provides citizens who were the direct beneficiaries of the outcome of public services, the opportunity to hold duty bearers for their stewardship.

The Upper East Regional Director of NCCE, Mr Husein Sulemana made the call during the outdooring of a social auditing programme in Bolgatanga.

He stressed that under the social auditing programme, public officers were supposed to explain or justify what they had done or failed to do.

"It is about accounting for outcomes achieved with given resources and the efficiency of resource allocation," he stated.

He explained that with the social auditing programme, it would generate the quality of service delivery and the ever-increasing improvement of the functioning of public servants.

Mr Sulemana indicated that the programme would assess whether financial and material resources were managed according to laid down regulations and procedures set for an organisation within a specific period in order to correct mistakes and prevent waste.

He said under the system, communities would be empowered through public fora to assess political leaders stewardship.

Mr Haruna announced that his outfit would soon set up a structure, which would be in charge of the social auditing system and explained that the system was not meant for witch hunting but to promote accountability and transparency, which were some of the pillars of building a democracy in the country.

He appealed to public figures not to see the system as intimidating but to help them account for their stewardship and to become transparent and win the public confidence.

Mr Emmanuel Abesoke, Bolgatanga Municipal Director of NCCE, said the programme was one of the most important innovations designed by the Commission to concretise the democratic principles of participatory governance.

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