The Local Government Service Secretariat (LGSS) had begun the first in a series of training in the areas of Public Financial Management, Revenue Management and Social Accountability for key staff of One Hundred and Seventy (170) District Assemblies who did not participate in the Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP). The training which commenced on Monday 26th September, 2016 and would end on Wednesday, 28th September, 2016.
The first round of the training covers Assemblies in the Ashanti, Eastern, Northern and Upper East Regions. Assemblies in the Northern and Upper East Regions have been paired and are meeting at NIM Avenue Hotel, Tamale while those in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions are attending separate trainings in Anita Hotel, Ejisu. All these trainings are taking place concurrently. The trainings are being facilitated by experts in the field of Public Financial Management.
The training workshop in Tamale for Assemblies in the Northern & Upper East Regions was opened by Mr. Gregory Addah, Director for Policy, Planning, Budgeting, and Monitoring & Evaluation at the LGSS, while Mr. James Oppong-Mensah, Director for Human Resource Development at the LGSS opened the workshop for Assemblies in the Ashanti Region.
In opening a separate workshop for Assemblies in the Eastern Region, the Chief Director of the LGSS, Joseph M. Dasanah, welcomed all participants with compliments from the Head of Service, Dr Callistus Mahama and read a speech on his behalf. He said, “This programme has been strategically put together by the LGSS to move Districts in particular and the country in general forward through effective service delivery and economic growth”. He indicated that currently a number of reforms were being implemented to ensure that public funds were channeled and managed for optimum delivery of goods and services. He was happy that significant progress had been made in that regard.
He said, “the aim of the training workshop is to introduce participants to the strategies and techniques that will equip them to address the weakness in managing public funds, revenue mobilization and management, and ensuring accountable governance”. Particularly, for Co-ordinating Directors who are in charge of the day-to-day administrations of Assemblies, he said, “the training programme will provide them with knowledge and help build consensus on issues and challenges relating to sound and appropriate financial management practices, effective principles of revenue and local governance, and how to improve upon the management of public resources to the benefit of their people”.
He charged participants to take advantage of the programme, participate fully in the discussions and bring up issues that would promote better financial management and accountability. He added that the performance of participants could go a long way to inspire people’s confidence in the Assemblies as development units that would reduce poverty and provide amenities for the communities.