The Dean of the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), Dr Eric Oduro Osae, has charged traditional authorities to take a keen interest in local governance in order to ask and probe the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the socio-economic development of the country.
He said it was incumbent on the Chiefs to liaise with the assemblies in order to be well informed, so that they could educate the public to honour their responsibilities, such as paying their taxes to help build society.
Speaking at the sensitization workshop organized by the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA) with funding from the IMCC for Non-State actors in the Brong Ahafo Region, he urged the Chiefs, media and other actors to know the laws, adding that ignorance of the law was no excuse.
The workshop was based on Civil Society Organizations and traditional authorities on the Local governance act, (act, 936,) the revised composite budget and program based manual revised guild lines on the developments of the (2018-2022 DMTDP of MMDA’s.
Dr Osae said in order to deepen democracy, the media and the chiefs needed to give prominence to lesser units on the local government structure, such as the urban, town, area and zonal councils, as well as the unit committees, adding that would enable the people to own the structures and contribute their quota effectively.
According him, increasing public participation would make it easier for local people to pay their taxes promptly.
He added that, the approach to addressing all bottlenecks in the local government system is for the media and the traditional authorities to be abreast with the state bye-laws in order to perform effectively.
He said a lot of amendments have been made to the bye- laws which an intensive education is required from stakeholders particularly the media practitioner.