Accra – Wednesday October 20, 2020: The Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS) has honoured three (3) Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) and ten (10) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) with special packages, citations and plaques for their outstanding performance in the 2020 LGS Performance Contract assessment. These RCCs and MMDAs excelled among Two Hundred and Sixty (260) MMDAs that participated in the 2020 contract assessment.

The ceremony was attended by the Chief of Staff, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare as the Special Guest of Honour in addition to other dignitaries among whom were Hon. Kodwo Agyenim-Boateng, Member of the Council of State; Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Hon. Collins Ntim; Chairperson of the Public Services Commission, Dr. Janet Ampadu Fofie; Chairman of the Local Government Service Council, Dr. David Wellington Essaw; and the Regional Minister and Dean of Regional Ministers, Hon. Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa among others.

The Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council was first in the RCC category and for their prize, they received 3 computers, 2 printers, 1 scanner and 2 motorbikes. Savannah Region was second and received 2 computers, 2 printers, 1 scanner and a motorbike. Bono East Region was third and for their prize, they received 2 computers, 1 scanner and a motorbike.

In the MMDA category, Nkoranza North District Assembly was adjudged the overall best MMDA and was presented with 2 motorbikes, 3 computers, 1 scanner and a printer. The Ga West Municipal Assembly was the first runner-up and received 2 computers, a scanner and a printer; and Afigya Kwabre North District Assembly was third. The 4th to 10th positions went to Tema West Municipal Assembly, Kwahu West Municipal Assembly, La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly, Birim Central Municipal Assembly, Ablekuma West Municipal Assembly and Twifo Atimokwa District Assembly and Kassena Nankana West District Assembly respectively.

All the RCCs and MMDAs were assessed on seven (7) Key Performance Areas (KPAs) consistent with their respective mandates as expressed in their planned activities. The KPAs included but not limited to General Administration; Human Resource Management; Financial Management and Reporting; Infrastructure; Social Service; Economic Development and Environment and Sanitation. The assessment of the 2020 performance contract implementation across the 16 RCCs and 260 MMDAs was funded by the Government of Ghana with support from UNICEF and USAID. Additionally, UNICEF provided motorbikes to 10 MMDAs that performed well in the Area of Social Services.

Also present at the event were District Chief Executives and their Co-ordinating Directors; representatives of the Civil Service, IMCCoD, CLOGSAG and UNICEF and JICA.

The Performance Contract is part of a Performance Management System (PMS) instituted by the LGS in 2015 to improve performance, enhance productivity, develop competencies, increase job satisfaction and achieve the full potential of all staff in the Service in line with the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936).

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