Accra-Friday February 21, 2020: Regional Ministers of the sixteen (16) Regions have signed the Local Government Service Performance Contracts with their Co-ordinating Directors for the year 2020. The ceremony was witnessed by the Head of the Local Government Service, Ing. Dr Nana Ato Arthur and a Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Kwasi Adjei Boateng. Implementation of the Performance Contract signifies the determination of the Service to institutionalise a system for a performance management at all levels to ensure improved service delivery.
The Head of Service in a brief address entreated the Regional Ministers and their Co-ordinating Directors not to only view the performance contract as a tool for assessing performance of the Regional Co-ordinating Directors (RCDs) but also a mechanism for assessing progress of governance of the Regional Co-ordinating Councils (RCCs). He stressed that the performance contract is critical to generate the needed commitment by the workforce to support local and national development efforts. He indicated that outcome of evaluation of the 2018 performance contract showed that the RCDs made strides in the achievement of their performance targets and in addition assisted MMDAs within their jurisdictions to deliver on their mandates.
He appealed to the Regional Ministers to ensure that resources are available to enable RCCs perform their roles effectively. He asked the Regional Ministers and the Co-ordinating Directors to develop the necessary team spirit for successful implementation of the performance contract. He also urged the Regional Co-ordinating Directors to engage their departmental and unit heads to help meet their performance targets.
Hon. Kwasi Adjei Boateng lauded the OHLGS for the institution of the Performance Management System and urged the Service to as a matter of urgency, develop specific indicators to measure the performance of the newly created Regions and Districts. He charged the Regional Ministers to work closely with their respective Co-ordinating Directors to improve service delivery.