The Atebubu-Amantin municipal office of the National Commission for Civic Education NCCE has engaged the people of Praprabon, a predominantly farming community in the municipality on social auditing in a bid to enhance their participation in local governance.
Welcoming participants to the meeting, the municipal director of the commission Mr. Patrick Tampugre said the social auditing exercise falls under the Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme ARAP funded by the European Union which seeks to empower community members to hold duty bearers accountable for the resources made available to them.
The Bono East regional director of the commission Mr. Kwaku Yeboah said social auditing involves the impartation of knowledge and skills in order for community members to be able to assess the implementation of public policies, programmes and projects so as to influence the process, outcome and impact of these initiatives.
Members were taken through a needs assessment session, which identified water, clinic, toilet, a kindergarten school and feeder roads as issues of concern to community members.
During a brainstorming session which involved the prioritization of their needs, a majority of members agreed on the construction of a dam facility which will not only help solve their water problems but also enable them irrigate their crops during the dry season.
An action plan to serve as a roadmap was drawn by the community members which details the specific activities to be carried towards the realization of the dream as well as timelines for the execution of each activity.
A seven member social auditing committee including the ‘odikro’ Banyido Udagmgubo and the Assemblyman Hon. Jayom Isaac Ntefuni was formed to implement the action plan.
Mr Yeboah asked members to be committed to the cause in order to achieve the social auditing objectives.
He also took the opportunity to educate the people on covid-19 as well as the need to vote peacefully in the upcoming general elections.
Some community members expressed their gratitude to the organizers for the insights gained and promised to apply them in other areas to ensure the development of the community.