Government to address socio-economic challenges – Dr Ato Arthur

By Amadu
Kamil Sanah, GNA

Ho, Sept. 27, GNA – Dr Nana Ato Arthur, Head
of the Local Government Service Secretariat said the Government of President
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is poised to address the socio-economic challenges
facing the country.

He said this is evident in the government’s
development policy framework of Coordinated Programme of the Economic and
Social Development Policies 2017-2024.

“These policies have, as its main focus, the
Creation of Prosperity and Equal Opportunities for all”.

Dr Ato Arthur was addressing the fourth bi-annual
Professional Conference of the Professional Class within the Regional
Coordinating Councils (RCCs) and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District
Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country.

It was organised by the Office of the Local
Government Service Secretariat at Ho, in the Volta Region.

The three-day conference is on the theme
“Transforming Ghana through effective leadership, coordination and
implementation of government’s policies at the decentralised level in the 30
years of Ghana’s Decentralization”.

It brought together over 400 participants from
all MMDA’s across the country.

The Conference is an initiative to review past
performances, share best practices and also agree on key focus areas and
strategies in the development of the Districts. Also sharing of best practices
on innovations from selected MMDAs in areas of Local Economic Development,
Sanitation and Waste Management, Internally Generated Funds and Workplace

He said the key interventions of the policies
were primarily implemented at the District or Community level, adding that,
some of the interventions were the One District One Factory; One Village One
Dam; One Constituency One Million Dollars; Planting for Food and Jobs and the
Free Senior High School Education.

Dr Ato Arthur said the sustainability of all
these interventions can only be realized if the local authorities are made to
manage, supervise and maintain their implementation.

He said the geographical reach and presence in
all parts of the country makes the Local Government Service a strategic partner
in ensuring the sustainability of these innovations.  

“MMDA’s are the planning authorities at the
local level and are also mandated to translate national policies into action
plans and implement same to enhance the general well-being of the people”.

The Head of Service said the structures at the
local governance level were under-utilized by our Development Partners and the
reasons given include: lack of capacity, professionalism and inadequate
logistics to support activities.

He said the Service is strong and ready to
support all programmes towards the development of communities and expressed the
hope that there will be a lot of learning and networking to create high
expectation for the future of the Service.

The Local Government Service (LGS) is a Public
Service Institution with the mandate to secure effective administrative and
management of local government in the country.

The LGS is made up of the Office of the Local
Government Service (OHLS), the Regional Co-ordinating Councils (RCCs),
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and their

The LGS has the responsibility for providing
the strategic direction for local government administration and management in
Ghana; and collaborates with other national institutions to facilitate ongoing
local government reforms to ensure that local government administration in the
country measures up to international best practices.

It is also responsible for the training and
career development of the staff of local government institutions, to ensure the
delivery of value for money, and assisting local governments to open the local
economies for development.

The Local Government Service was established
by the Local Government Service Act of 2003 (Act 656), which was repealed and
now the Local Governance Act of 2016 (Act 936).

In 2005 the Civil Service gave birth to the
Local Government Service to accelerate the decentralization agenda as
stipulated in the 1992 Constitution.


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