Ghana Anti-corruption Coalition (GACC) has called on Ghanaians to get themselves involved in decentralization process so as to improve transparency and development at the local level.
Mr Ericson Kodjo, Research Officer of GACC, who was addressing members of the Local Accountability Networks (LANets) in the Sagnarigu District, said the lack of interest by citizens in participating in local level governance was likely to promote corruption.
He said it was the responsibility of citizens to monitor project execution at the decentralized levels to ensure transparency and accountability on the part of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
Mr Ericson, who later inaugurated the LANets at Sagnarigu, charged them with the responsibility of spearheading local development.
He said there were about 38 Local Accountability Networks (LANet) in the country aiming to promote transparency by increasing citizens' participation in local governance to improve service delivery.
He said the LANets were formed out of civil society groups within a district or locality who met regularly to draw up action plans for implementation with the support of the GACC.
Mr Abu Ibrahim, Executive Director for Centre for Communities Education and Youth Development, said his outfit was a local partner to the GACC explaining that the collaboration was necessary to cushion development.
He said it would ensure effective coordination of activities and interventions for the benefit of the people.
Mr Michael Adisu, Assistant Research and Programmes Officer of GACC, said there is the need for District Assemblies to make data on development at all sectors available to community members to ensure transparent development.
He said it was expedient for the Assemblies to also make information on development activities available to the people to enable them monitor progress of work.