Story By: Abdul Jalil Mahamud || Sanatu Zambang
Civil society organisations and pro-democracy individuals launched the Coalition for Democratic Accountability and Inclusive Governance on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at the Pioneer Lodge in Tamale With the hashtag ‘’#WeBeCitizens #WeNoBeSpectators’’.
The organizers included Norsaac, CDD-Gh, Rise-Ghana and GDCA. Present at the launch of the northern chapter included various Chief executive officers of northern-based civil society organisations, media practitioners and individuals in other fields.
Alhaji Abdul Rahman Osman, the chief executive officer for GDCA representing the Coalition, read a 12-paper statement to the house and media present. The statement included a call for citizens to be interested in what is happening in the country and take active participation in the governance process.
To buttress his point, he reiterated the president’s swearing in a speech where he tasked Ghanaians to be active citizens and not spectators, hence the need for the Ghanaian citizens to rise for mother Ghana and to also hold leaders accountable. The better Ghana that we all want to see and live in starts with us taking interest in the governance process of the country.
President of Savannah Queen Mothers Association, Mr Kojo Pumpuni Asante also pledge his organisation’s support to the coalition. “The main occupation for women in the north is farming hence we are willing to join the Coalition to fight for inclusiveness”.
The Coalition according to Mr Asante is ‘’interested in ‘’accountability and responsible governance, a resilient economy, improved local government, inclusive society, economic equity, youth employment, meritocracy in public services, promotion of local manufacturing industries, active support for Ghanaian farmers and entrepreneurs and broad access to quality education and healthcare.’’
And for that to be achieved, citizens need to take a keen interest in the activities happening in the corridors of power and take actions that promote and enhance the lives of citizens.