About LGS

Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, Head of Service

Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, Head of Service

The Local Government Service is a public Service institution established by the Local Government Service Act, 2003 (Act 656) which has been repealed and replaced with the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936). The Service exists ‘’to secure effective administration and management of the decentralised local government system in the country’’.


The functions summarizes the roles of the various structures of the LGS to ensure participation at the local level in mobilizing and utilising resources to ensure development.

The functions of the Local Government Service generally are to:

  • provide technical assistance to MMDAs and RCCs to enable them to effectively perform their functions
  • conduct organizational and job analysis  for RCCs and MMDAs
  • conduct management audits for RCCs and MMDAs in order to improve the overall management of the Service
  • design and co-ordinate management systems and processes for RCCs and MMDAs, and
  • assist the RCCs and MMDAs in the performance of their functions under Act 462, Act 480, and any other enactment, etc

VISION : ‘A World Class Decentralized and Client Oriented Service’.

MISSION : ‘To Support Local Government to deliver value for money services through  the mobilization, harmonization and utilization of quality human capacity and material resources to promote local and national development’.

MOTTO : Decentralization Democracy Development


  • Provide technical assistance to MMDAs to enable them effectively perform their functions
  • Conduct organizational and job analysis for MMDAs and RCCs
  • Design and coordinate management systems and processes for MMDAs and RCCs
  • Assist MMDAs and RCCs to perform their functions

The local Government Service (LGS) which includes the Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS),  MMDAs and the RCCs, has as its  governing body a LGS Council which oversees governance issues and ensures effective functioning of the LGS.