Elimina – Friday, May 28, 2021: The Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS) has completed the last in the series of trainings for Environmental Health officers in the Local Government Service (LGS). The training held in Elmina brought together Environmental Health Prosecutors from Central, Western and Greater Accra Regions.

The training programme was opened by the Director of Human Resource Management at the OHLGS, Mr Peter Asante on behalf of the Head of Service. In a brief address, he acknowledged Assemblies that won cash prizes for excellent performance in the Sanitation Challenge funded by the UKAID through Maple Consult.

He called on the Environmental Health Officers to be up and doing to help prevent ailments to save resources and ensure a healthy manpower for increased productivity and wealth creation. He urged the various Assemblies to empower their officers with the needed support to discharge their roles without fear nor favour. He cautioned against over-politicisation of government policies and programmes which according to him is highly unacceptable for the development agenda of the country. He called on all present to embrace only what will move Mother Ghana forward.

The Regional Coordinating Director for the Central Region, Mr. Kingsley Boahene who represented the Regional Minister also echoed the need for the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to create an enabling environment for total development of their respective jurisdictions. This he said can be achieved through the provision of public services and infrastructure; regulation and enforcement of standards and civic responsibilities of the citizenry. He urged the officers to view their role as an obligation to ensure that the citizenry conforms to hygiene and sanitation discipline. This according to him will ensure a clean and safe environment for sustainable development. Expectations he said are that this training will equip them to remain committed to the dictates of the rules and procedures of their job schedule in order to enhance their skills and bring sanity in their communities.

Experienced practitioners took participants through technical sessions which covered topics on the Evolution of Environmental Health Practice in Ghana; the Legal and Policy Framework on Environmental Health and Sanitation Service Delivery in Ghana; Conducting objective premises inspection and ESICOME, the prosecutorial mandate in Ghana and Environmental Health Prosecutor as a Public Prosecutor. Other areas covered included Process service, the Trial process, Nature and content or ORDERS applied for by the Prosecution/Counsel for disposal of unclaimed items, stakeholders identification and analysis of roles and responsibilities in prosecution, Actions Planning towards strengthening enforcement management in MMDAs and the Local Government Service Protocols.

The training came to a closure with an open forum where participants were given the opportunity to express their concerns and suggestions. The training was held concurrently with another in Tamale for staff from the Northern, North East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

Also present was a representative from GIZ; Swiss Embassy, Dr. Hamza Bukari.

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