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24.07.2009 General News

Chiefs and Artisans Attend Governance Workshop

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Navrongo (UER), GNA – Traditional authorities and artisan groups in the Kassena-Nankana District of the Upper East Region have undergone a sensitization workshop on the role of traditional authorities, Assembly Members and District Chief Executives in the promotion of sustainable democratic governance at the local level.

The aim of the workshop was to educate and involve the people in the administration of democracy.

It was organized by the Movement of Collective Associations (MOCASS), a Non-Governmental Organization, in collaboration with the Kassena-Nankana District Assembly, and brought together 46 participants from across the district.

The Regent of the Navrongo Traditional Area, Pe Arthur Balinia Adda, said the chieftaincy institution survived all administrations from the colonial era to date because of its decentralised nature and active citizens involvement.

Pe Adda appealed to the government to reactivate the unit committees and town councils to enable those structures to play their rightful role in governance.

Mr. Emmanuel Andema, Kassenna Nankana District Chief Executive, in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Coordinating Director Mr. David Naa-ire, said the welfare of the people in the area was paramount to the Assembly, and that it would continue to involve the people in decision-making.

Mr. Naa-ire appealed to civil society organisations and other development partners to take active part in sensitising the people on matters relating to democratic governance.

The Presiding Member of the Assembly, Mr. Joseph Awakapta, urged Assembly Members to relay the views of the people to the Assembly at all times to enable the Assembly to meet their needs and aspirations.


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