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Minister Inaugurates ILGS Council

Accra, December 13

An 11-member Council of the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) was on Wednesday inaugurated with a charge on members to rise above challenges and provide support for the overall policy direction of the institute.

They were also tasked to help find innovative ways of addressing challenges and uphold high standards in the performance of the institute to ensure it stayed relevant and competitive, Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), who administered the oath of office to the members said.

She stated: “I urge you to rise above the challenges and provide support for the overall policy direction of the institute, and help find innovative ways of addressing these challenges.

”Your membership of the council is to tap into your expertise and experiences that ensure that management upholds high standards in the performance of their duties, so that the institute stays relevant and competitive,” she said.

Hajia Alima Mahama said Article 240 (2) of the Constitution required the local government system to have functions and resources transferred to local authorities in a co-ordinated manner.

It also states that measures be taken to enhance the capacities of Local Government Authorities to plan, initiate, coordinate, manage and execute government policies, and being the priority of government to invest in Ghanaian citizens and institutions, it was the responsibility of the Council to work in that direction.

Hajia Mahama observed that the ILGS was the only institution devoted for capacity building for the local government sector in Ghana and the sub-region, and urged members of the Council to be committed in discharging their duties in order to up-lift the image of the institute.

The Board is chaired by Naba Moses Abaare Appiah IV, Binaba, Bawku Traditional Area.

Other members are;  Mr Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, the Member of Parliament of Asante Akim Central, Madam Agnes Talata Chiravira, Upper East, Rev Mrs Eva Asare Bediako, Accra, and Dr Dadson Awunyo-Vitor, the Director of ILGS.

Others are; Mr Jonathan Azasoo of the National Development Planning Commission, Mr Kokro Amankwah of the National Association of Local Authorities in Ghana, Dr Lawrence A. Kannae of the Public Service Commission, Dr Nana Ato Arthur of the Local Government Service, Alhaji Yar Ishaq Alhasan, of the MLGRD and Professor Imoro Braimah of the Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology. 

Naba Moses Abaare Appiah IV, the new chair elect, said the council was going to work diligently to help position the institute on a high pedestal.

The Council would serve for four years.

Government Poised to Sanitise Local Government System

The Government is poised to sanitise the local government system by ensuring that there was effective institutional coordination and harmonisation, Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has said. She said there would be effective coordination of funding and development partner support as well as deepening of the platform for policy coordination and harmonisation. Hajia Mahama, who was opening a five-day orientation programme for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) on Monday, said the Ministry has also initiated processes leading to the rationalisation of funding and support to decentralisation in Ghana through a comprehensive review of the existing arrangements.
She said the Ministry was also collaborating with other key ministries such as the Ministry for Inner Cities and Zongo Development, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and the Regional Development and Integration Ministry to ensure the realisation of government’s vision for the country. The orientation programme, which is being attended by 200 MMDCEs from all over the country, is designed to inculcate in them the requisite knowledge, skills and the right to lead decentralised governance effectively. It seeks to acquaint MMDCEs on the demands of the District Chief Executive and to equip them with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for effective transformational leadership at the local level.
Hajia Mahama said to ensure effective delivery and an improved performance monitoring system rolled-out by the government, all MMDCEs would receive reporting templates and formats to guide them in submitting periodic reports on their activities as per a performance contract to be signed for continuous monitoring.
She said the Ministry had initiated a process of reviewing the current National Policy of Decentralisation to accommodate the new reforms and policy directions.
Hajia Mahama said the Ministry had constituted a team to come up with proposals in consultation with key stakeholders in the local government sector to review and reconcile all enabling legal framework hampering the true implementation of effective decentralisation in Ghana.
She said notable among the laws to be reviewed was the recently passed Local Government Act 936 of 2016, the Local Government Financial Memoranda of 2004, and the Model Standing Orders for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies. The Ministry has also constituted a team to work towards reviewing all the laws and policies that inhibits the election of MMDCEs The Ministry has finalised a manual on fee fixing and property rates to enhance the resource mobilisation capacities of MMDAs, she noted. Hajia Mahama said a major operational problem affecting district assemblies in particular and local governance in general was the non-functioning of the sub-district structures.

These sub-structures namely Urban/Town/Zonal Councils and the Unit Committees are to assist the assemblies in the performance of their functions at the community level, she said. She said: sadly, in most of our District Assemblies these sub-structures are either not in place or if they are, they are not functioning effectively in contributing to the development process as envisioned in the decentralised planning process, which must begin from the community level.
Hajia Mahama said: We are determined to operationalise and strengthen the sub-structures. We will need the full support of all regional coordinating directors to ensure that this becomes a reality as we consider them as bedrock of our Local Government System and a platform for reaching majority of our people at the local level. She said revenue generation was no doubt a key component of assemblies’ activities adding; sadly, most assemblies are not doing well in this area.
The Minister said there seemed to be an emerging trend whereby some assemblies were increasingly becoming over reliant on the District Assemblies Common Fund. We want this trend reversed. Assemblies must develop revenue mobilisation mechanisms for increased revenue mobilisation,   she said.

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TARGET GROUP:    Assembly Members, Presiding Members, Sub-Committee Chairpersons, Urban, Zonal, Town Council Members, Unit Committee Members, Media, CSOs/NGOs, Individuals, etc.

APPROACH              Modular in Four Parts:

Part I   :          Decentralisation, Local Governance and Legal/Institutional

          Framework

Part II :          Locality Development, Business Promotion and Job Creation

            Part III:          Financial Management and Reporting in Local Governance

            Part IV:          Social, Environmental and Contemporary Issues in Local

Governance

 

DURATION:                          3 days (Part I ONLY)

FEE:                                       GH¢600.00 for Part I ONLY

COMMENCEMENT:            19th June 2017 for Part I ONLY

VENUE:                                 ILGS, Accra Campus, Ogbojo-Madina

 

Contact: Dean, Management Development and Training, Institute of Local Government Studies

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Introduction

The 1992 Constitution requires that people in localities be afforded the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process at every level in national life and in local government. In this regard the focus of Ghana’s Decentralisation Policy since 1993 has been to ensure the effective transfer of power, functions, competence and resources from the Central Government to Local Government bodies. This transfer is meant to promote democratic governance and participatory development at the local level. In the process of devolution the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have become the highest political, administrative, planning, budgeting as well as rating authority in the district (Local Governance Act 936 of 2016).

Rationale

In order to achieve the objectives of decentralisation it is important for all stakeholders to acquire new orientation, new knowledge, skills, and capacities. This is likely to open up the local governance space because the various stakeholders will have the enablement for shared understanding of the local governance environment; including laws, structures, and processes. The involvement of stakeholders in an open and transparent manner is a means to promoting working together at the local level.

The conduct of capacity building through education and training is a key demand for effective stakeholder engagement. It is the means to provide knowledge on the framework of Ghana’s local governance, promote partnership building, results orientation, transparency and accountability, etc. This is most important for local authorities and people who seek election or appointment in order to serve in local political positions as well as those who seek an appreciation of local governance in order to exercise their civic responsibilities and rights.

Objectives

The course seeks to:

  • Introduce participants to the theories and justification for governance especially at the local level
  • Equip participants with knowledge and skills for increased appreciation of the diffused environment of local governance, challenges and opportunities, and
  • Create a platform for networking and mutual support.

Expected Results

By the end the programme participants will be able to:

  • Explain the theoretical framework for local governance
  • Increase their understanding of the legal, policy, organizational environment and processes of the District Assembly
  • Acquire skills to engage local authorities through the application of appropriate tools for effective participation
  • Identify and propose pragmatic solutions to the challenges that confront local governance in their localities

Methodology

Variety of methods including:

  • Lectures (limited)
  • Discussion
  • Questions and Answers
  • Group and Individual Work
  • Pair learning
  • Study Tours
  • Case Studies

Topics

  1. Theoretical Underpinnings of Governance
  2. The Concept of Decentralisation and Local Governance
  3. The Public Sector of Ghana
  4. Local Governance Legal and Policy Framework
  5. Institutional Arrangement for Local Governance in Ghana
  6. Managing Local Government-Central Government Interface
  7. District Assembly as a System
  8. Roles and Functions of D.A. Functionaries
  9. MMDA Committee System, Meeting Procedures and Standing Orders
  10. MMDA Financial Management
  11. Local Development Planning Process
  12. MMDA Budgeting
  13. MMDA Procurement
  14. MMDA Project and Contract Management
  15. MMDA Audit and Reporting
  16. Local Resource Mobilisation
  17. Local Economic Development and Job Creation
  18. Sanitation, Water and Environmental Health
  19. Gender Mainstreaming
  20. Participation & Accountability in MMDAs
  21. Local Governance Contemporary Issues
  22. Exercises, Case Studies, Assignments, Project Work, etc.

Assessment & Award of Certificate

Based on:

  • Submission and acceptance of Project Work
  • Participation in e-discussion platform
  • Attendance and general participation in class.

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