Executives of the famous No Business as Usual (NBU) Project have held their last engagement with Assembly Members and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Asokore Mampong Municipality.
The purpose was to discuss how they (assembly members and CSOs) are utilizing skills they have acquired through the numerous trainings received from officials of the project since its (NBU Project) inception.
It was to also identify challenges they encountered in the course of the utilization and identify remedies to them.
The meeting was held on Monday 26th July 2021 at the hub of the project located at Sepe of Asokore Mampong Municipality.
Engagement with them was a move aimed at strengthening the partnership among others in ensuring local socio-economic development within the municipality.
Facilitator during the meeting educated them on the operations of the various units and departments of the assembly so as to help them know where concerns should be channeled to.
Addressing the media at the end of the meeting, Vincent Ohene-Ntow (Program Manager, No Business as Usual Project) identified some of the skills participants have received throughout the 4-year implementation period of the project.
They are; Revenue Mobilization, Proposal and Grant writing, Social Audit, Social Accountability, Lobbying and Advocacy, Monitoring, Budget tracking, Budget Preparation plus a host of others.
As the project comes to a close within the month of August 2021, he said he expects the assembly members and CSOs to effectively implement the skills.
“What we want to see from them is that after the exit of NBU, they will effectively utilize all the skills”.
Presiding Members for Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly Hon Matthew Amissah in an interview with www.leakynews.net commended officials of NBU for equipping them.
He remarked that “going through the various trainings we have received from NBU, I will say that we are better than before.”
Hon Amissah expatiated that “when we became assembly members, our knowledge on the concept of the assembly and other areas related to local development was very minute. The knowledge we had was very little but NBU officials added more to what we knew by training us and giving us practical exposure. They have made us good assembly members”.
ABOUT NBU PROJECT
The No Business as Usual (NBU) project seeks to stimulate youth employment and inclusive socio-economic growth through joint stakeholder collaboration in the Asokore Mampong Municipality. The consortium partners are SOS Children’s Villages Netherlands (SOS-CV/NL), Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly (AMMA), and SOS Children’s Villages Ghana (SOS-CV/Ghana). The European Union (EU) is the lead donor of the project.