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Assemblies Urged to Support Flood Victims


2007-11-22 21:35:55
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The Centre for Human Rights Education and Advocacy (CHREA), a Tamale-based human rights advocacy NGO, has urged district assemblies, particularly those in the three northern regions, to use all available resources to help victims of the recent floods.

It said the assemblies should do away with practices seen as waste on their limited resources and channel such funds into areas that would benefit the people.

The call was contained in a statement issued in Tamale and signed by Mr Issah Mahmudu, Legal Director of the NGO.

The statement noted that District Assemblies had been using part of their limited resources to print calendars annually at huge cost, which had not benefited the people, especially those in the rural communities.

"The district assemblies have responsibilities under our current democratic dispensation to promote development in their respective districts and it is expected that the assemblies would make prudent use of their scarce resources", it said.

The statement noted that the floods had caused extensive damage in the three northern regions and that it would take the concerted efforts of the government and its development partners to resettle the affected persons.

It suggested that the Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) should be mandated to print all calendars to reflect the activities of the districts to save cost.

It said the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment (MLGRD), had been printing calendars and it would be a duplication of activity if the assemblies continued to print their own calendars.

The statement said: "The printing of calendars is not a priority area of our people. Funds for the printing of calendars can be used for income generating ventures, education and provision of basic infrastructure for deprived communities."

It appealed to the Regional Ministers in charge of the three Northern regions, the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment and Members of Parliament to help stop the assemblies from printing calendars.

source: ghanadistricts.com

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