As part of the OSIWA project implementation activities, Joncaring Foundation held a fruitful and successful Advocacy Forum for heads of decentralized and non-decentralized departments in the Fanteakwa District Assembly.
Citizens’ Groups met and interacted with public officials of which some include the Education Service Department, Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Information Service Department, Legal Aid Scheme, Internal Audit Department, National Ambulance Service, among others on topical local issues where Departmental Heads socially accounted and shared challenges in relation to their stewardships.
Addressing the public by the district education director Felli Jacob, lamented education in the Fanteakwa district has been gradually declining thou his office is trying to put good measures in place to resolute the matter. He therefore urged parents to be supportive to their children education, called on the district assembly, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), corporate bodies etc. to come their aid to promote education in the Fanteakwa District as he lauds World Vision of their recent literacy boost project which is helping a lot of students in reading.
Harris Quansah, a representative of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) stated the duty of his office, where number of critics concerning gift tax implementation by the Ghana Revenue Authority (VRA) which they are currently educating the public about raised as to the kinds of gift which will be attracting taxation? In responds, he said his office was not given that statistics to give the public but since the public are interested to know, NCCE will inform GRA to know how best to deal about that.
The director of Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr. Arthur narrated their successful 50 settled cases out of 54 in 2017, answered all questions asked by participants, pleaded on chiefs to desist interfering in some cases and again called on Joncaring Foundation to support the commission’s activities.
All the twenty-nine (29) departmental and unit heads participated shared their various duties, success, problems and way forward to improve work floor of their activities in the Fanteakwa District which the heads, including the civil groups attributed the program a success one and requested for more interaction programs of the kind.
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