The Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD) for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Mr. Martin Kaaranmwine Dassah, has urged Assembly Members and staff of the Assembly to demonstrate dedication and hard-work in the discharge of their duties to ensure the enhancement of the living conditions of the electorates and tax payers.
Mr. Dassah made this call at a two-day workshop organized for Assembly Members and Heads of Departments and Units (HoDUs) of the Assembly at the Charismatic Evangelistic Ministries near Wisconsin University College and Abokobi Women Development Association (AWDA) centre respectively.
The workshop, organized separately for Assembly Members and HoDUs by the Human Resource Unit, was aimed at educating the participants on the Local Government System and Service to enhance the discharge of their duties.
On the day one of the workshop which was meant for the Assembly Members, the participants were taken through topics such as Decentralization and the Sub-District Structures, Role and Functions of the Zonal Councils, Functions of the Unit Committees and Assembly Members, Local Level Development Planning as well as Monitoring and Evaluation. They were also schooled on Reports Preparation, Sub-District Level Budgeting and Procurement.
Heads of Departments and Units who represented the staff of the Assembly on day two of the workshop were also trained on Decentralization, Local Government (LG), Local Government Service (LGS), Legal Framework for the Establishment of the Decentralized Departments at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), LG Protocols and General Challenges it faces.
The training for the staff also highlighted core aspects of LGS such as Scheme of Service, Conditions of Service, Staffing Norms, Human Resource (HR) Operational Manual, Job Description, Code of Conduct, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Planning as well as Reporting Relationship & Administrative Procedures. Others were Service Delivery Standards, Performance Management, Inter-Service & Sectoral Collaboration & Cooperation System and Capacity Building Framework.
In a brief address, the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr Martin Dassah, underscored the need for the Members and staff of the Assembly to be periodically trained in their various fields to arm them with the requisite knowledge and skill to deliver quality and life-changing service to the people.
He however noted that the training alone could not address the developmental challenges facing the communities but “you also need to show dedication and hard-work to ensure that people who voted you into office and whose taxes are used to pay you see improvements in their lives”.
He advised the staff against laziness and absenteeism and urged the Assembly Members to support the Assembly to generate more revenue for development while educating and informing the populace on government’s policies and programmes meant to improve their living conditions.
A Resource Person from KAAS Consult, Mr. Abdul-Jamil Issaka, charged the staff to make it their priority and habit to learn more about their job and operations of the LGS to be abreast with the developments in the service and for their personal advancement. He stated that the topics treated were relevant for service delivery of the Assembly and career progression of personnel.
“Take such training seriously and put into practice whatever you learn, especially with the service delivery standard”, he stressed.
Speaking to GEMA News after the workshop, the Human Resource Manager of the Assembly, Mrs. Paulina Yambah said the rationale for the workshop was to educate and inform Members and staff of the Assembly on their duty and functions and to enhance their capacity to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.
“There is a need for the Assembly Members and the Unit Committees as well as the Heads of Departments and Units to know what is expected of them and other stakeholders in the Assembly”, Mrs. Yambah remarked.
She said the training will go a long way to benefit the participants because “the knowledge and skills you will acquire will actually shape you professionally”.
Among the participants at the workshop were the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. John Kwao Sackey and Presiding Member, Hon. Nii Annang Ofori.
The training workshop formed part of the implementation of the planned activities for the year 2016 by the Human Resource Unit of the Assembly.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman/Salamatu Seidu