Accra– July 15-16, 2021: Sequel to the training for lower grade officers of the Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS), a 2-day refresher certificate course on decentralisation, local governance and the Local Government Service Protocols has also been completed for middle-level staff. The training was to improve knowledge and sharpen the skills for the overall performance of staff.

In a brief opening remark, the Head of Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur was elated about the initiative to develop the capacities staff of the OHLGS. According to him, capacity development of staff must always be a priority, and stressed on the need for sustained prioritization of staff capacity development as a strategy to boost staff productivity.

The Chief Director of the OHLGS, Mr. James Oppong-Mensah also underscored the importance of capacity development for deepening understanding in local governance and on other emerging issues. He urged participants to make the most of the opportunity offered.

The training was facilitated by staff of the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), led by the Director of the institute, Dr. Nicholas Awortwi. Other facilitators included the Registrar, Mr David Osei-Wusu and the Dean of Studies and Research, Mr Frederick Agyarko Oduro.

Some topics treated were Decentralisation and Local Government Administration: Conceptual Basis and Issues Raising; the Evolution of Ghana’s Local Governance and Decentralisation efforts; the Structure of Ghana’s current Local Governance System and Implementation of Ghana’s Decentralisation policies. Others included Resources Available to Local Governments as well as Local Government Service Protocols, Service Delivery Standards and Code of Conduct for LGS staff.

The training was delivered through interactive sessions and group assignments which were presented at plenary for peer review. This approach enabled the facilitators to respond to the questions and concerns expressed by participants.

The Head of Service expressed satisfaction on outcomes at the end of the training and commended the facilitators for a good delivery. He reminded participants that the OHLGS needs a competent and vibrant human resource to achieve its vision of becoming “a world class decentralised and client-oriented Service” and therefore they perform based on the knowledge they have acquired.

Participants were awarded certificates of participation from the Institute of Local Government Studies.

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