Friends of the Nation (FNN) and its partners presented six accountability posters in the Sekondi-Takoradi region to demonstrate stakeholders’ commitment to greater transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.

The installation of six billboards at observation posts in the three metropolitan areas of Nkontompo, Koiokrom, Kokompa, Novaya Takoradi and Jubilee Park is part of the collaboration between Friends of the Nation (FON) and the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), with support from Oxfam.

A total of 20 projects completed or under implementation were posted, including the ongoing project for the rehabilitation of the two-lane road from Fiji to Accra in the Fiji Islands, funded by the Road Fund, and the construction of a fish smokehouse with outdoor facilities at Sekondi Beach in the European city, funded by the District Development Fund, for an amount of USD 398,933.00 to be completed by the District Development Fund.

Other – Completion of 12 block classrooms at the Fjai High School, for the amount of GHC 1.378.404,00 and the ongoing construction of a dormitory with one floor at SWS Adiembra, also for the amount of GHC 1.378.404,00.

FN Natural Resources Coordinator Solomon Ampoufo explained that this activity is part of the implementation of the second commitment to public participation and financial transparency in the STMA action plan for an open public partnership (2018-2020).

The billboards also contain useful information on the selected projects, including photographs, location, contract amount, sources of funding, implementation status and the digital addresses of the three city councils.

They are expected to promote public debate on the efficient use of public funds and provide a platform for good governance. In fact, transparency is the key to financial management and allows citizens to monitor and question how taxes and fees are spent and what revenue they collect, Mr Ampofo said.

M. Isaac Ajei Aceampong, STMA’s Planning Development Officer, told reporters that under the Open Government program, community representatives reviewed the budget statement and meeting schedule and then received answers to critical questions through satisfaction surveys.

With an open management system, you have to be open to the projects you do, because people have the right to ask questions, and that’s the effort we’ve made with the accountability posters that we’ve put up in three sub-headings in collaboration with all stakeholders. Feedback also improves our management because we respond to people’s concerns, he said.

Mr Achkhempong pointed out that, when assessing projects, the Assembly cooperates with the members of the Assembly, the Technical Committees and the users in order to determine whether the projects serve their intended purpose.

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