sharing in governance of extractive industries
Dr Mohammed Amin Adam,
Ghana’s 2016 general elections likely to take place early November will not be business as usual as a totally new and sensitive economic challenge has been forced in as essential by civil society groups and other stakeholders in the oil and gas, the energy and power sectors to allow ordinary Ghanaians to demand how the various Political parties will address these issues which has bedeviled Ghana for the past five years when given the mandate to govern.
The African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) leading the crusade on the need for politicians to be accountable to the people, noted “that this is yet another initiative to fulfill our mandate of holding our governments accountable, informing and educating citizens of alternative policies for our petroleum and energy sector; providing platform for civic participation in the policy making process”. That political parties in Ghana have not done enough to educate the ordinary people on what solutions they will deliver when given the mandate to govern they reasoned.
“The "Citizens Agenda for Energy Sector Development” also known as the "Citizens Energy Manifesto" is our flagship elections project aimed at using democratic elections as an instrument for generating policy reforms, building political consensus of policies and holding elected officials accountable for their promises reports were informed.
Launching the first of its kind, Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, Executive director (ACEP) explained that the “Citizens Energy Manifesto” in Ghana for this year's general elections which will be replicated in the general elections of Sierra Leone and Kenya in 2017. “It is our plan to make this a credible platform in Africa for ensuring issues-based elections on our continent” they add.
Political parties commitment to implementing solutions to citizens power worries when elected will be put to the test and held accountable adding that “the petroleum and energy sector of our country has become so intertwined with our national life that the wishes of our people would be unfulfilled if we do not make energy an important issue in this year's elections” Dr Adam addressed.
Divided into two – level activity involving citizens from three zones, Northern, Middle and Southern parts of the country, reflecting a sizable sampling size to capture, the project will include creating a platform for the ordinary people in these areas to make inputs into how they expect politicians to address the issues they raise pertaining to the power crisis Ghana is facing which has bedeviled the country for four years. And the second activity will be for Political parties to present their messages in these areas which will be subjected to expert scrutiny to arrive at a consensus to be the benchmark to which politicians are liable when elected into office.
Adding his voice, the Deputy Executive Director, Ben Boakye told reporters that deploring a questionnaire for the citizenry to make inputs into what they expect of political parties so that they can “buy into it” is on board. He notes that the exercise is not an evaluation of the current government policies but rather an opportunity to hold leadership accountable when elected into office. And that is more of a futuristic perspective than retrospective.
Source: Seibik Bugri
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