The Local Government Service (LGS) has organised a two-day conference for Regional, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Coordinating Directors in Sunyani, in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The conference which is held annually is to take stock, review activities over the period and plan for the coming year.
The conference was on the theme: Transforming Leadership in the Local Government Service: “Managing Local Resources for Sustainable Development.”
Presentations at the conference touched on government initiatives including; the Planting for Food and Jobs, One District One Factory and the Digital Addressing System.
“Other presentations were on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan, Ethics in the Public Service, Sanitation and Water Policy Reforms and its implication on LGS, UNICEF interventions within the Local Government Sector, Adhering to financial Regulations and reducing infractions in the implementation of programmes and projects as well as the Public Financial Management Act (Act 921) and its implication on the operations of MMDAs.
Addressing the conference, the Head of the Local Government Service, Dr Nana Ato Arthur admonished Coordinating Directors to be professional in the discharge of their duties and put their expertise at the disposal of the Regional Ministers and District Chief Executives (DCEs).
This, he said was to ensure that resources in the regions and district were mobilised to meet the felt needs of the people and expected to support government efforts to make the assemblies and sub-structures more democratic through the provision of right leadership.
Dr Arthur announced that the Service would soon institute an award scheme for innovation and creativity and that the immediate areas of focus would include; Local Revenue Mobilisation and Innovation, Local Economic Development and Innovation, Sanitation and Innovation, Workplace Improvement and Innovations.
He said the LGS would constitute a team of experts to develop the indicators for measurement and each MMDA were free to choose their areas of interest.
Mr Collins Ntim, a Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (MLG&RD) entreated Coordinating Directors to collaborate and ensure that heads of department and staff worked diligently and ensured accountability to the citizenry.
He expressed appreciation of the numerous initiatives undertaken by the LGS towards Administrative Decentralisation and effective service delivery, adding that, the MLGRD would continue to provide the needed support to sustain efforts in the country’s development.
Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister underscored the importance of the theme saying it was timely and appropriate.
He reiterated President’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo vision of a ‘’Ghana beyond Aid’’ status which could be achieved if all experts were engaged with competencies, skills and knowledge to manage local resources efficiently to attain the desired developmental goals.
Mr Samuel Donkor, Coordinating Director of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly and the Acting President of the Association of District Coordinating Directors on behalf of his colleagues expressed gratitude to the Head of Service for organising the conference and enumerated a number of concerns and expectations of the Association.
He reminded his colleagues to adhere to the roles and responsibilities of Coordinating Directors and gave the assurance that they would discharge their duties professionally, ensure effective and efficient management of resources and support DCEs in the implementation of all government policies and programmes in the Assemblies.
The conference was chaired by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Professor Harrison Dapaah.
Other speakers at the ceremony were the Executive Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralisation, Mr Salifu Mahama and the Head of Civil Service, Nana Dwamena.