Dan Botwe throws weight behind institutionalization of Decentralised Performance Auditing
The Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development, Daniel Botwe has thrown his weight behind the institutionalization of Decentralised Performance Auditing in Ghana to promote transparency and value for money.
Date Created : 7/28/2021 12:00:00 AM : Story Author : Ghanadistricts.com
Speaking at the Management of Ghana Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) National Policy Dialogue on the institutionalization of Decentralised Performance Auditing in Ghana, the minister in a speech read on his behalf noted that “as leaders, one of the means by which we can foster self-sufficiency, self-reliance, discipline, transparency, and accountability is to facilitate such open dialogues, promoting popular participation and ensuring that besides the legal controls established by the Constitution and Acts of Parliament, the people, who gave us the mandate to lead, them have a say in how we use resources.”
He added that he is all for “Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) Service Delivery through Decentralised Performance Auditing” organized by the Ghana Strengthening Accountability Mechanism (GSAM) with support from the USAID.
He appreciated the efforts of GSAM in building the capacity of communities (citizens) to demand accountability from those whom resources have been entrusted on their behalf, indicating that “the process, thus strengthens our drive as a government to promote Social Accountability and building the capacity of Ghanaian institutions, and local citizens engagement.”
“The Minister acknowledged the fact that the revelations from the report of the Performance Audit conducted will go a long way to inform political and policymakers to ensure effective support to the MMDAs in the delivery of their mandate of improving the lives of their people, adding that the outcomes have revealed the need to do more to ensure the efficient and judicial use of resources.
Our commitment as a Ministry and Government to promoting Accountability and Transparency is unwavering. This is a firm assurance we wish to convey to our Civil Society and Development Partners. Our doors are open for further collaboration and strengthening of existing mechanisms to ensure that we work as a team to promote efficient utilization of our resources and the delivery of our mandates, as leaders."