Launch of training program for local government staff
The Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS) and the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) have launched the Enhanced Service Training Program for local government staff.
The subsidized and fee-based training program covers all areas within the local administration set up.
They include administration, human resources, management information systems, engineers, environmental health remediation officers, finance, budget and rating officers, social development officers and planners.
Other groups targeted by the training program include heads of metropolitan, municipal and district executives, traditional authorities and members of assembly, and local political leaders.
The new courses aim to strengthen the capacities of the target groups to ensure effective grassroots local governance.
At the launch of the program in Accra on Wednesday, Deputy Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Decentralization Osei BonsuAmoah said the role assigned to the target groups required them to demonstrate leadership qualities and essential characteristics to enable them to meet the myriad of challenges faced by local areas.
“To this end, this joint initiative by OHLGS and ILGS to operationalize the enhanced Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training program for LGS staff is commendable,” said Mr. OB Amoah, MP for ‘Akuapim South.
For him, “if the professionalism of LGS staff were enhanced by the competency-based service training program, which enables staff to apply new knowledge, skills and attitudes to the achievement of local government mandates in response to needs of the local population, then a whole new way of linking capacity building to local government performance and improved service delivery, local economic transformation and development can be institutionalized.
In an atmosphere of uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, public managers needed to act more decisively and think more strategically, said Mr. Amoah, LGS staff must possess a level of foresight, agility and resilience that their predecessors never imagined.
In committing the government to the scheme, the MP for Akuapim South hinted that promotion within the LGS could be tied to the completion of such skills enhancement programs in the future.
The head of the local government department, Dr Nana Ato Arthur, said trends in local governance required staff to undergo periodic training to improve their ability to deliver.
“There is no way for local governments to up their game in delivering their service delivery and development mandates as required without continuous training of their staff,” he added.
He noted that governance and service delivery evolve over time and that a forward-looking institution must institute measures to develop its staff to keep pace with the times or risk being left far behind. and more encouraged to want to be beneficiaries to take the program seriously.
ILGS Rector Dr Nicholas Awotwi said the institute remains focused on the local governance sector in both short and long-term training programs and will partner with configuration actors. local government to develop their skills.