The five commitment areas chosen by the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) team has been given an overwhelming endorsement by selected groups within the Sekondi /Takoradi metropolis at a validation workshop.
The commitments looked at transparency and accountability in public infrastructure delivery, sanitation, public finance and billings, technology and innovation.
The validation of the Assembly’s Open Government Partnership draft commitments for the period 2018 to 2020 is to enhance participatory governance while good governance takes into consideration active participation of the governed in decision making process.
Anthony Sam, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), noted that “the assembly has exhibited our commitment at all levels to demonstrate how we value the citizenry in our operations through their various contributions, criticisms and suggestions.
“We were not too surprised at our inclusion in the selection of the local OGP programme in 2016, and two years on, we continue to feel honoured.
“As part of the programme, STMA is expected to submit its second OGP Local Action Plan in September, a commitment that hinges on potentially high impact open government commitments,” he stressed.
Isaac Aidoo, OGP programme focal person, disclosed that three civil society partners for the OGP programme (Friends of the Nation, Berea Social Foundation and S.T.M.A–CSUF) had received a grant from the OGP Trust Fund, managed by the World Bank to facilitate the co-creation process for the new Action Plan in collaboration with the Assembly.
“As part of the process, a nine-member working team made up of government officials, civil society organisations, the media, traditional leaders, some private organisations, community and vulnerable group representatives has been formed.
“The Team has so far engaged selected community members and other stakeholders to solicit their inputs for the second action plan which included vulnerable groups such as People Living with Disability and People Living with HIV.
“The OGP’s core values afford the Assembly the opportunity to stay on the course of good governance reforms, deepen its ‘fledgling democratic’ culture, document achievements and share experiences with the international community,” Mr Aidoo noted.
Ms Brittany Lane, the OGP programme local manager from the USA, who witnessed the validation workshop, was impressed about work done so far and advised submission of the action plan was done on time to ensure timely implementation of the commitments. -GNA