OHLGS – Tuesday August 17, 2021: A five-member delegation from the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA) led by the Acting Director, Mr. Chapman paid a courtesy call on the Head of the Local Government Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur. The visit among others was to strengthen the cordial relationship between the two institutions and discussed measures to address some emerging developments.
The leader of the delegation and Acting Director of LUSPA lauded the cordial relationship that the two institutions have enjoyed over the past years. He expressed concern about a recent development which has been brought to his attention. He said, he had received reports to the effect that regional LUSPA officers are more often than not left out of the quarterly monitoring conducted by the Regional Co-ordinating Councils (RCCs). He indicated that this development has served to demotivate the LUSPA officers on the one hand while the RCCs also lost the potential technical benefits the LUSPA officers would have brought to bear with their involvement on the other hand.
He also added that, the lack of proactiveness on the part of physical planning officers in some Assemblies was not the lack of capacity but rather the absence of motivation involvement from their respective Assemblies. He noted further that, LUPSA has in place plans to help augment the low staffing levels of physical planners albeit the roll out will be vigorously pursued with the constitution of the LUSPA Board.
Dr. Arthur expressed appreciation to Mr. Chapman and his team for the call on him and particularly for the relevance and timely nature of the issues raised which according to him are critical for local government service delivery. He said, the Service will look into the issues and revert to LUPSA. He mentioned that, not all MMDAs have physical planners due to the low number of professional staff involved in the transfer. He also indicated that, the Service on its part has trained all the officers transferred as a first step to sharpen their skills and competences.
Present at the meeting were the Chief Director, Mr. James Oppong-Mensah and others senior officers of the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service, (OHLGS)