The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has trained 20 people on contract monitoring tools as part of a project to improve transparency in procurement processes in Asante-Akim Central Municipality.
The training, it was gathered, was aimed at building the capacities of participants to monitor the procurement processes and execution of projects by the district assembly in the health and education sectors.
Representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs), artisans, journalists, and other relevant professionals attended the training.
The participants, who are members of the Local Accountability Network (LANet), closely monitor projects being executed by the assembly to ensure value for money.
It is understood that ten out of the participants would form the community monitors and shall engage duty bearers at the assembly for information on projects in the interest of transparency and accountability.
According to the GACC Communications Officer, Faustina Djabatey, the project seeks to encourage procurement data disclosure in public institutions to improve service delivery.
She said citizens needed to be well informed about the cost, planning, initiation, and implementation of projects in their localities to enable them to demand accountability.
‘This training is to equip the participants to have a better understanding of the tool they are going to use to collect the data on procurement and also guide them on what information to request from the assembly in the performance of their duties’, she said.
Hewlett Foundation, in partnership with the Africa Freedom for Information Centre, is funding the project being implemented in four African countries – Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, and Nigeria.
Source: News Ghana
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