Sunyani-Saturday February 5, 2022: The Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS) participated in the opening of the second of a series of a 3-day zonal refresher course on leadership and management for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) from the Bono, Ashanti, Western North and Ahafo Regions held in Sunyani.

The programme which attracted seventy (70) MMDCEs seeks to among others create the platform for the MMDCES to share their on-the-job experience; deepen understanding on issues of local governance, development and management as well as sharpen their skills to manage their respective Assemblies with business mindsets.

Delivering the welcome statement, the Bono Regional Minister, Honorable Justina Owusu-Banahene reminded participants of their role in ensuring effective service delivery at the local level and entreated them to be proactive in the delivery of services while ensuring adherence to acceptable standards and best practices emphasizing on the value for money audit of all projects.

She pledged her commitment to ensure that her Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) work closely with the MMDAs within her jurisdiction to accelerate the realization of a balanced development and improved service delivery in accordance with Article 255 of the Constitution and the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936). He was hopeful that the MMDCEs would play their roles effectively to ensure the government achieve its goal of transforming the economy towards a Ghana Beyond Aid.

The Minister for Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development (MLDRD), Honorable Dan Botwe cautioned them to avoid needless confrontations with traditional authorities, MPs and Assembly Members; respect others and show empathy in order to gain affection of the citizenry. He also indicated that they should not be armchair administrators and engage all communities in their respective areas of jurisdiction. He admonished them to interact with the citizenry to better understand their needed and development goals and fashion out appropriate plans and programmes to address them.

Honorable Dan Botwe noted that his Ministry would enhance the District Data Development Platform (DDDP), a computerized data system to be accessed by the MMDAs, RCCs, National Development Planning Commission, Office of the Head of the Local Government Service and the Ministry of LGDRD to help provide real-time data for assessment of district operations and performance. This according to him will help in the delivery of Government programmes and projects for evidence -based decision making and policy direction at the Central government level.

Also present at the event were the Head of the Local Government Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, three Deputy Ministers for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD), Ashanti, Bono, Western North and Ahafo Regional Ministers, Director and Registrar of the Institute of Local Government Studies as well as Directors from the MLGDRD and the Director of Planning, Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. George Ackah.

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