The Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management (PAHSM), of UGBS on Wednesday May 3rd, 2017, held its Corporate Executive in Residence Programme (CERP) lecture at the B1 Lecture Hall. Mr. Ibrahim Tanko Amidu, the Corporate Executive in Residence and Director of Civil Society Organisation, STAR Ghana, in his opening remark, mentioned that change is inevitable and those who refuse to change perish. “In today’s circumstances if you refuse to adapt to the changes of postmodern society, you will become obsolete,” he noted.
Speaking on the topic “The Emergence of a Third Sector in Governance,” Mr. Amidu stated that Ghana’s economy is predominantly manned by the public and private sectors. In recent years, however, the third sector (Civil society and not-for-profit organisations), have emerged strongly to augment and ensure the delivery of quality governance. He added that the third sector has seen massive growth, in especially ensuring that developmental policies and projects of both the public and private sectors transcend beyond the urban centres.
Sustainable development, he noted is difficult to achieve without considerable input and the contributions of the third sector. The third sector has lived up to expectation by promoting good governance through public sector and civil society engagements. This, he said, has yielded good results. In his assessment, Mr. Amidu reaffirmed that the public and private sectors as well as the third sector have worked together in the past, and will continue to work together in the future to achieve requisite deliverables in tandem with good governance for sustainable development.
Owing to international engagements of the public sector, government has had to abandon some of its roles in its structural adjustment policies, and the duty of civil society is to ensure that the gaps created as a result of those structural adjustments are not left unattended. However, one of the major challenges of the third sector is the question of accountability. Governments and parliamentarians are accountable to the people who elected them. Since the third sector, however, is not elected by the citizenry, they raise funds and spend them with little accountability. This, he lamented, raises serious suspicion of the activities of the third sector.
Dr Justice Nyigmah Bawole, facilitator of the CERP lecture, noted that Mr. Amidu is a reservoir of knowledge especially in governance and management of Not-for-Profit organisations. He therefore encouraged the students, particularly, those who manage their own Not-for-profit organisations to take the advantage and tap into the knowledge of Mr. Amidu. He was also hopeful that the lecture will stimulate the interest of those who are yet to set up their own organisations to do so. He expressed gratitude on behalf of the UGBS to Mr. Amidu for making time to share his experiences with the students.
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