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Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Offinso North District Assembly has scored high marks for transparency in its planning and implementation of capital development projects.
An audit conducted by the Ghana Audit service (GAS) has ranked it as the fifth best performing assembly.
A total of 50 assemblies across the nation were selected for the exercise, which formed part of the five-year Ghana strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) project sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (usaid)
It seeks to promote citizens' oversight of capital development projects to increase local government accountability and transparency for improved performance.
The project is being jointly implemented by the CARE International Ghana,Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC), Center for the Development of people (CEDEP) and IBIS,an NGO.
Ms.Cynthia Ohene-Wiafe, a Senior Auditor of the GAS, presenting the audit report at a workshop in Akumadan , the district capital , said it assessed how the the assemblies selected and planned projects alongside the budget for their medium-tearm and annual action plans.
It also took into consideration contract awards, projects supervision, monitoring and reporting.
Ms.Ohene-Wiafe said the audit identified that ,Offinso North prepared its budget in line with the Ministry of finance and Economic plannings composite budget manual,and also involved beneficiary communities in project selection.
Expenditures on sampled projects were within contract sums, payments were made on time and in accordance with the terms of the contract, while  tender opening and evaluation processes generally were in conformity with regulations.
She stated that independent investigations by the audit team showed that the projects were achieving intended benefits of increasing school enrollment.
Mr.Adu Sarkodie Gyekye, an official of CARE International Ghana ,said the GSAM project was providing training for civil-society organizations and citizens demand accountability and transparency in capital projects' planning and  implementation processes.