A three-day retreat for Directors of the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS) and Regional Coordinating Directors (RCDs) has opened in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital.
The retreat was to afford participants the opportunity to deliberate issues of local governance and review previous performances.
It was also held to share ideas and experiences and chart a new course for the advancement of the Local Government Service (LGS) and more so create an opportunity for the new Head of Service, Dr Nana Ato Arthur, to officially brief the RCDs on his vision for the Service.
Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, commended the Service for instituting a Performance Management System that enables managers and staff to plan towards the achievement of organizational goals for the Service.
She called on them to identify skill gaps and model capacity-building programmes to ensure the success of the Performance Management System.
Hajia Mahama urged the RCDs and Directors of the OHLGS to give the Head of Service the support and cooperation needed to enable him succeed.
Dr Arthur thanked the participants for their support in bringing the LGS to its current state.
He charged the RCDs them to exhibit a change of attitude and work with utmost dedication and commitment for other staff to emulate.
Dr Arthur also advised them to live up to the Services’ motto of Decentralisation, Democracy and Development.
He said there is no need for excessive bureaucracy in the discharge of their duties.
The Head of Service said the Capacity Building Framework (CPF) designed by the LGS has been developed and when implemented will be adhered to take care of the capacity building needs of staff at the national, regional and district levels.
He echoed his plan to ensure that Digital Mapping Systems are embraced by Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to improve on revenue mobilisation and management.
Dr Arthur promised to frequently engage RCDs on the developments within the Service and assured them that the OHLGS will continue to provide the necessary technical support to facilitate the monitoring and coordinating of roles.
The retreat will take participants through presentations on the District Assemblies Enabled Programme for Accelerated Economic and Social Development, Part-two of the Local Governance Act, (936), which spells out mandates, functions and roles of the LGS and new reforms accompanying it.
Other presentations touched on the use of the Information and Communication Technology in income generation in MMDAs as well as Capacity Building Framework for the Service.
Participants will also be taken through the LGS Communication Strategy, Progress, successes and challenges confronting the Service and Development of performance indicators for performance contract.