Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has stressed that the effective implementation of policies thrives best on game changing leaders who understand their professional ethics.
“Policies also thrive best when professionals resolve to coordinate and harmonise efforts to maximise the returns of resources put at their disposal,” he said.
He, therefore, urged the professionals to take up the challenge of being game changers in Ghana’s transformational agenda and stand up to the status quo of public service delivery, which had brought little or no positive changes in the decentralisation process.
Mr Osafo-Maafo was speaking at the fourth Bi-annual Professional Conference organised by the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service Secretariat at Ho, Volta Region.
The three-day conference is on the theme: “Transforming Ghana through Effective Leadership, Coordination and Implementation of Government’s Policies at the Decentralised Level In The 30 Years of Ghana’s Decentralisation.”
It brought together more than 400 professionals within the Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
The conference is expected to lead to the realisation and identification of options to address challenges in the implementation of policies and systems in line with the service’s mandate.
According to the senior minister, effective leadership was not only about professionalism, but also how people with responsibilities ensure result-driven supervision, monitoring and evaluation of work and how it impacted on the organisational desired objectives.
He said the achievements of the public service were nothing to be proud of, especially when measured against the service’s mission, “to support local government to deliver value for money services through the mobilisation, harmonisation and utilisation of quality human capacity and material resources to promote local and national development.”
He challenged the professionals to be forthright in their criticisms and deal with the wrong practices that continue to dent the image of the public service.
For his part, the Head of the Local Government Service, Dr Arthur, said the government, under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was poised to addressing the socio-economic challenges of the country.
This, he said, was evident in the government’s economic and social development policy framework 2017-2024, which was to create prosperity and equal opportunities for all.
He called for the full utilisation of the structures at the local governance level by development partners and the building of capacity, professionalism and provision of adequate logistics to support activities.
The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Letsa, said the role of local government professionals in providing the needed leadership at the local level to achieve effective service delivery was critical.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Professor John Owusu Gyapong, who chaired proceedings, urged the local government service to make the welfare of staff paramount and advised the staff to do their best to ensure development.
Story: Kwamena ANANSE
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