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The Public Sector Commission under the office of the Senior Minister has organized a mini sensitization launch of the National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS) 2018-2023 in the Eastern Region. The five year reform strategy  which has its theme: “Delivering for Citizens and Private Sector”, aim at empowering Public Institutions to deliver efficient and effective service to support the citizenry and the private sector for sustained national development.

  In his welcome address, the Honourable Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfour emphasized on the importance of the efforts which has to be made to position the public sector for an effective and efficient service delivery machinery to meet the huge expectations and investments made by the private sector. He called for the overhaul and retooling of the public sector to ensure  a sustainable development of the country.

Highlighting some of the bad attitude of the public sector, Hon Kwakye Darfour said poor performance, poor time management, poor documentation and reporting, indiscipline, absenteeism and lateness need to be curtailed if we want to see the development that we desire for our country, Ghana.

Speaking on behalf of the Senior Minister, Hon. Ing. Yaw Osafo Marfo, the Chief Executive Officer of Public Sector Reform Mr. Kusi Boafo said  NPSRS 2018-2023 has the work plan of developing the capacity of public sector managerial and technical staff, improve the responsiveness of service delivery to benefit citizens and private sector and Introduce innovations, modern tools and equipment for performance improvement.

Mr. Boafo said the public sector must work hard to create the conditions necessary for the private sector to thrive thereby creating job opportunities for the youth. Looking at the current wage bill of the government, it will be very difficult for any government to provide the needed infrastructure such as schools, roads, hospital etc within expected period of time. It is unreasonable to spend the huge percentage of about 80% of the country tax revenue to pay public sector workers while only 20% go to infrastructure. We cannot continue like that , we must leave the employment to private sector, he stressed.

In  a brief statement made by Mrs Lucy Tinkorang, Vice President, Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Volta Eastern expressed the readiness of the private sector to support His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo to build a Ghana beyond aid and explained further that this cannot be realised if the public sector remains inefficient.  She said the public sector should see the private sector as ally in development adding that a vibrant private sector and efficient public sector will lead to steady pace of development.

Stakeholders at the launch were Regional Minister, Directors from the Office of the Senior Minister, Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Municipal and Districts Chief Executives from both Eastern and Volta region, Regional Heads of Institutions, Religious bodies, Private business Investors, Educationists, Media etc.

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Deputy Minister for Health and a Member of Parliament for Bibiani Anwhiaso Bekwae, Hon. Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu has paid a courtesy on the Eastern Regional Minister as part of his five days regional tour.
The purpose of the tour is to ascertain the first hand information on the status of the health facilities that are in the region. He said, the ministry has a plan and in order to fast track the implementation of the plan, we need to know the current position, hence the fact finding tour.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour commended the Regional Directorate for the strong collaboration between the Regional Co- ordinating Council and Regional Health Service.
Other matters that came for discussion where citing of the proposed Regional Hospital, Health Insurance, etc.

 

Nigeria High Commission to Ghana, Ambassador Femi Michael Abikoye has paid a working visit to the Eastern Region. As part of his visit, he paid a courtesy call on the Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour to discuss matters that are purposed to strengthening the relations between Nigerians living in the Eastern Region and the Regional Coordinating Council and also offer him the opportunity to interact with the Nigerians living in the region.

In his opening statement, Amb. Femi  Abikoye said, the relationship between Ghana and Nigeria is already strong therefore his visit to the Eastern Region which is the ninth region that he has toured  out of the  ten  regions in the country is only to make the relationship between the two  countries Stronger. “There  is already Cooperation between us but we need to cooperate more, there is already collaboration between us but we need to collaborate more, we have strong bilateral trade but there is always room for improvement”, he added.

The Honorable Eastern Regional Minister, in his welcome address, expressed his happiness about the visit. He said, the Eastern region has a sizeable number of Nigerian citizens, some students, traders doing buying and selling and others have also find themselves in the cooperate businesses, adding that the Nigerians have integrated into the Ghana to the extend that it is even very difficult if not impossible to differentiate between Ghanaian and Nigerian. Both countries are Anglophone countries, thus we were once upon in time colonised by the British hence we need to collaborate more because we have a common history and a common language ( English) which is positive for doing business.

Touching the challenges, the ambassador said, he has received complaints about immigration fees and renewal of documents but was quick to state that the matter is being discuss at national level. He thanked the security services of the country for their professionalism.

The Ambassador and his team later on visited the Municipal Chief Executive for New Juabeng Municipal Assembly, Hon. Comfort Asante who after some interaction led the team to visit the Palace of New Juabeng Traditional Council.

Accompanied the ambassador were,Mr. Richard Ikeyi, the Minister in  charge of Education, Mrs. Oyenike Dolapo,the 2nd Secretary, Mrs. Omobola Babafon, the President and Executives of Association of Nigerians in Eastern Region and some staff at the High Commission.

 

9BS International – a multinational company specialised in financial engineering, trade, investment and projects geared towards socio-economic transformations, has launched 3 social amenities projects as part of her Cooperate Social Responsibility set to be undertaken in some selected 14 Districts And Municipalities in the Eastern Region.
 
The projects which include four mordern Hospitals, 10 boreholes and six community libraries are expected to be completed within a year.
 
The beneficiary Municipal and Districts Assemblies are; Suhum Municipality, Kwahu East District, Demkyembour District, Lower Manya Krobo, Upper Manya Krobo, Atiwa East, and Akropong North.
 
The rest are; Yilo Krobo, Lower West Akim, Birim South, Fanteawka North, Kwahu West and Kwaebibirim Municipality
 
In his address, the Board chairman of 9BS International, Prof. Nana Osei K. Darkwa stated that the over reliance on central government has over the years affected implementation of fine development policy initiatives and pointed that, it is time for Ghana to take advantage of the Public -Private Partnership (PPP) policy initiatives to bridge the huge infrastructural and development gab which is estimated to cost government $1.5 billion yearly for the next decade in order to fix the deficit.
 
 
“We have always been found in the dependency module; what I call the Garden of Eden Syndrome. So people are not creative and innovative. But we want people to think outside the box. Most of the districts wait for government subvention. We believe that the districts can initiate their own businesses and partner with the private sector and create businesses that could provide revenue to support the government’s development agenda,” Nana Darkwa said.
 
The Executive Chairman of  9bs International, Mr. Wabadang Vairi stated that, as part of the Company’s Coporate Social responsibility, the projects when completed will provide technical, financial and investment support to the various Districts and Municipal Assemblies in the region to identify and explore endowed viable investment opportunities for industrialisation and job creation.
 
He explained that 9BS is committed to supporting municipal and district assemblies in the region to initiate businesses that will maximize its revenue generation and mobilisation.
 
 
The Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, on his part, said job creation is high on the agenda of President Akufo-Addo and therefore the intervention by 9BS to stimulate the local economy through the creation of jobs and business opportunities is welcoming.
 
The Minister explained that, the region is prepared for investment and therefore has already carried out research and profiled all investment opportunities  in a programme dubbed ‘Eastern Regional Investment Coordinations for Sustainable Industrial Programme (ERICSIP)’ to serve as blue print to guide investors in the region.
 
“We’ve been profiling Eastern region, we’ve been putting it on the internet  for people to dovetail into it and come down to help, so that is how we chanced on them,” he explained how the region got in contact with 9Bs.
 
The project was officially launched by the minister and is expected to commence in earnest.
Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Joseph Tetteh, together with the DCE for Birim North District, Hon. Raymond Nana Dartey, and the Member of Parliament for Abirem Constituency, Hon. Frimpong Osei, joined the Chief and people of Abokyikrom to commission a magnificent 3-unit classroom block with an office, a storeroom and a library. 
 
In a speech, the Deputy Minister, entreated all teachers gathered to continue to inspire and train the students to be resourceful, creative and self-dependent. 
He further said, “the students should be given the necessary training to develop the 3Hs: the HEAD, HEART and the HAND. The situation whereby students become ‘Intellectually matured but Morally corrupt’ is unacceptable.
 
The Deputy Minister also urged the managers of the school and the whole community to take proper care of the facility. “I would like to urge the school authorities and the whole community to take good care of this facility for our school children to derive maximum benefit from it. “More often than not, maintenance culture in this country is not something to write home about. But I think there will be a paradigm shift in the way we do our things”, he added.
 
The Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Osei Frimpong urged the youth to take advantage of the numerous programmes that have been initiated by the government to better their lives. He reaffirmed government commitment to fulfill all the promises made during the 2016 general election not because it is a campaign promise but importantly, it is good and will  change the living conditions of the citizens.
District  Chief Executive, Hon. Raymond Damptey promised to take good care of the facility together with the Ghana Education directorate. He advised the school children to take their studies seriously in order to gain admission into Senior High Schools which is now free.
 
The complex facility was sponsored by a philanthropist, Mr. George Osei, an 86 year old native of the community who is currently based in Holland.
 
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National Plan of Action phase II (NPA 2) for the Elimination of worst form of Child labour in the country has been launched at Okonam, a farming community in the Suhum Municipality in the Eastern Region.

In his welcome statement, the Hon. Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour called on stakeholders to join forces in  fighting the menace which is a threat to the future of the country. He said, the elimination of worst form of child labour in Ghana is a collective social responsibility of all state institutions, traditional authorities, civil society organisation, Religious bodies, the press etc.

To eliminate worst form of Child labour , we must strengthen National Child Protection policies, address poverty and inequality, provide access to basic social services such as schools, health facilities especially in the rural settling, provide decent work for the youth and educate parents on the adverse effects of Child Labour, he added.

In her address, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon.  Otiko Afisah Djaba said that Ghana is making all the efforts and showing all the commitment to fight child labour and child trafficking.

As a Government we are committed to the fight against Child Labour, the Ministry of Gender Children & Social Protection together with the Ministry of Employment & Labour Relations and other institutions shall continue to work in the fight against this challenge, she assured.

The phase II of this project offers a more comprehensive strategies & measures to addressing the child labour issues following a successful completion of phase I.

This phase also requires  combined action of various stakeholders- the State and all its anti-child labour agencies, International Organizations, Civil Society, the Chiefs and Opinion Leaders in the Communities, Religious Bodies and Leaders, the Industries and Companies in the Private Sector, Teachers, Parents as well as individual citizens.

Delivering the Keynote address on the theme, ”Developing the Child for a Brighter Future:  Kick Child Labour Away from Ghana “, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, said the country’s future is predominantly dependent on how we invest in the children. He said the statistics, according to International Labour Organization (ILO) reports in 2016 put Sub-Sahara percentage rate at 40% as compare to the global rate of 20%. This is disturbing, and it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to work hard to resolve it, he added.

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Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly has elected Hon. Isaac Kena Duodu as the Presiding Member (PM) for the newly created Assembly.  Out of the total Twenty Six (26)  Asembly  members ( including MP and MCE)  twenty three members were present and voted.
 
The election which was officiated by the Electoral Commission led by  the District Electoral Officer Mr. Fred Opare saw the Hon. Kena Duodu who stood unopposed  getting overwhelming endorsement. He recorded hundred percent of the total number of twenty three members present and voting, representing 88% of the total Assembly members.
 
The Hon. Eastern Regional Minister, who double as the Ag. Municipal Chief Executive of the Assembly thanked the Assembly members for showing leadership and ensuring the smooth running of the office. 
 
He assured them of the Government readiness in providing all the necessary logistics including Vehicles, motorbike, computers etc  to the infant Assembly.  
 
He urged them to do away with any form of disunity among them but rather put the general good of the people first in all their decision as a united Assembly.
 
After been sworn in by the Circuit Court Judge, Her Ladyship, Juliana Millicent Okra, Hon. Isaac Kena Duodu thanked the Assembly members for the overwhelming endorsement. He promised to work hard to justify the trust they have reposed in him.
 
Present  at the meeting were the Hon. Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Erick Kwakye Darfour, Regional  Regional Co-ordinating Director, Mr. R. K. Sambo, Departmental heads at the district, media etc.
 
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2017 Financial Year
THE BUDGET STATEMENT AND ECONOMIC POLICY
of the Government of Ghana for the
Theme: “Sowing the seeds for Growth and Jobs”
Presented to Parliament on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017 by
 
Ken Ofori-Atta Minister for Finance

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The formats for the Annual performance Evaluation reporting for RCD and MMDCD are ready for download

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Attached are the LGS protocols

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The Local Government Service Secretariat (LGSS) is inviting applications from its qualified staff to be considered for appointment as Head of Department (HoD) in the following Departments of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs):
A: HEAD OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR MMDA
I. JOB PURPOSE: The Head of Department shall provide strategic leadership and technical advice in promoting social welfare and community development programs and policies to improve the welfare of people and communities of the Assembly’s jurisdiction.
II. ACCOUNTABILITY: The Head of Department shall report to the Chief Executive through the Coordinating Director of the Assembly.
III. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / JOB SUMMARY:  ? Participate in the preparation of Composite Budget and Annual Action Plan for the MMDA; ? Collaborate with all regional heads (Social Welfare and Community Development) for their technical backstopping and monitoring; ? Formulate operational policies and coordinate community-based projects/day care centres and services for the rehabilitation of the physically challenged; ? Oversee efficient juvenile justice administration and implementation of statutory legal instruments; ? Monitor and evaluate programmes, policies and emerging social issues such as HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and child abuse, and make recommendations for decision making;  ? Provide technical advice in the recruitment, performance and development of the capabilities, skills and knowledge of staff; and ? Prepare composite and comprehensive progress and annual reports on the activities of Social Welfare and Community Development in the Assembly.
IV. REQUIRED SKILLS/COMPETENCIES: ? Must be self-disciplined and self-motivated; ? Ability to facilitate collaboration across teams to achieve a common goal; ? Ability to initiate, define and address high-level challenges and opportunities; ? Ability to use variety of communication strategies/ modes to promote dialogue and develop shared understanding and consensus; ? Be able to analyze and synthesize information to understand issues, identify options and support sound decision making; and ? Must be computer literate.
V. MINIMUM QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE: ? A Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development, Social Work, Development Studies, Social Sciences, Administration or relevant professional qualification; ? A minimum of Eight (8) years working experience in the Public Service with two (2) years in a managerial position; ? Must be in the Professional Cadre of the Social Welfare and Community Development Class;  ? Must be a staff of the Local Government Service, and ? Membership of a recognized professional body will be an advantage.
B:  HEAD OF WORKS DEPARTMENT OF MMDAs
I. JOB PURPOSE: The Head of Department shall provide strategic leadership and technical advice in promoting works and infrastructure related programmes and policies of people and communities of the Assembly’s jurisdiction.
II. ACCOUNTABILITY: The Head of Department shall report to the Chief Executive through the Coordinating Director of the Assembly.
III. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES /JOB SUMMARY:  ? Participate in the preparation of Composite Budget and Annual Action Plan for the MMDA; ? Coordinate the activities of Building, Water and Roads sections in such a way as to bring about efficient and effective utilization of resources; ? Collaborate with all regional heads (roads, water and sanitation, public works and housing) for their technical backstopping and monitoring; ? Advise on procurement of infrastructure projects (works, goods and services) for the MMDA;
? Participate in the administration and management of contracts of infrastructure projects; ? Participate in the planning, design and implementation of projects in the MMDA; ? Lead in the preparation of reports on all infrastructural activities undertaken in the MMDA; ? Provide technical advice on infrastructure management to the MMDA;  ? Facilitate the repairs and maintenance of equipment, vehicles and infrastructural facilities; ? Ensure the development of the capabilities, skills and knowledge of staff; and ? Prepare composite and comprehensive progress and annual reports on the Works Department activities in the Assembly;IV. REQUIRED SKILLS/ COMPETENCIES: ? Must be self-disciplined and self-motivated; ? Ability to facilitate collaboration across teams to achieve a common goal; ? Ability to initiate, define and address high-level challenges and opportunities; ? Ability to use variety of communication strategies/ modes to promote dialogue and develop shared understanding and consensus; ? Be able to analyze and synthesize information to understand issues, identify options and support sound decision making; and ? Must be computer literate.

V. MINIMUM QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE: ? A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Building Technology, Architecture, Quantity Surveying or equivalent relevant discipline; ? A minimum of Eight (8) years working experience in the Public Service with two (2) years in a managerial position; ? Must be in the Professional Cadre of the Engineering Group;  ? Must be a staff of the Local Government Service, and ? Must be a member of a recognized professional body.

C:  HEAD OF URBAN ROADS DEPARTMENT OF METROPOLITAN AND MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLIES (MMAs)
I. JOB PURPOSE: The Head of Department shall provide strategic leadership and technical advice in promoting the formulation and implementation of Urban Roads policies and programmes to improve the urban roads network in the Assembly’s jurisdiction.
II. ACCOUNTABILITY: The Head of Department shall report to the Chief Executive through the Coordinating Director of the Assembly.
III. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / JOB SUMMARY:  ? Participate in the preparation of Composite Budget and Annual Action Plan for the MMA; ? Supervise the collection of data for planning, development and maintenance of urban roads infrastructure of the MMAs; ? Establish and maintains a database on urban roads infrastructure in the MMAs;  ? Maintain records of classified contractors and consultants in the urban roads construction industry; ? Facilitate the prioritization of works for the preparation of annual plans; ? Prepare progress and annual reports on urban roads works; ? Assist the evaluation of road designs by consultants; ? Collaborate with Regional Departments (Urban Road & National Road Safety Commission) for their monitoring and technical backstopping;  ? Ensure the development of the capabilities, skills and knowledge of staff; ? Facilitate capacity building of contractors and stakeholders; and ? Prepare composite and comprehensive progress and annual reports on urban roads projects and activities in the Assembly.

IV. REQUIRED SKILLS/COMPETENCIES: ? Must be self-disciplined and self-motivated; ? Ability to facilitate collaboration across teams to achieve a common goal; ? Ability to initiate, define and address high-level challenges and opportunities; ? Ability to use variety of communication strategies/ modes to promote dialogue and develop shared understanding and consensus; ? Be able to analyze and synthesize information to understand issues, identify options and support sound decision making; and ? Must be computer literate.

 V. MINIMUM QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE: ? A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Building Technology or equivalent relevant discipline; ? A minimum of Eight (8) years working experience in the Public Service with two (2) years in a managerial position; ? Must be in the Professional Cadre of the Engineering Group;  ? Must be a staff of the Local Government Service; and ? Must be a member of a recognized professional.

D: HEAD OF TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OF METROPOLITAN AND MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLIES (MMAs)
I. JOB PURPOSE: The Head of Department shall provide strategic leadership and technical advice in promoting the formulation and implementation of transport policies and programmes to improve the transport services in the Assembly’s jurisdiction.
II. ACCOUNTABILITY: The Head of Department shall report to the Chief Executive through the Coordinating Director of the Assembly.
III. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / JOB SUMMARY:  ? Participate in the preparation of Composite Budget and Annual Action Plan for the MMAs; ? Regulate the use and conduct of public vehicles, including the routes and parking places in accordance with provisions in the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) Act (Act 569); ? Provide for the identification of licensed vehicles; ? Establish, acquires and maintains transport services by land or water including ferries; ? Maintain records of classified contractors and consultants in the transport services industry within the Assembly; ? Assist in the review of road designs by consultants for designated roads;  ? Coordinate the activities of Operations, Planning and Traffic Management and Safety sections in such a way as to bring about effective utilization of resources; ? Collaborate with Regional Departments (Urban Road & National Road Safety Commission, etc.) for their monitoring and technical backstopping;
? Ensure the development of the capabilities, skills and knowledge of staff; ? Establish, maintain and control parks for motor and other vehicles; and ? Prepare composite and comprehensive progress and annual reports on transport works in the Assembly.

IV. REQUIRED SKILLS/COMPETENCIES: ? Must be self-disciplined and self-motivated; ? Ability to facilitate collaboration across teams to achieve a common goal; ? Ability to initiate, define and address high-level challenges and opportunities; ? Ability to use variety of communication strategies/ modes to promote dialogue and develop shared understanding and consensus; ? Be able to analyze and synthesize information to understand issues, identify options and support sound decision making; and ? Must be computer literate.

V. MINIMUM QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE: ? A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Transport Economics, Planning, Transport Engineering or equivalent relevant discipline; ? A minimum of Eight (8) years working experience in the Public Service with two (2) years in a managerial position; ? Must be in the Professional Cadre of the Engineering Group or Development Planning class;  ? Must be a staff of the Local Government Service, and ? Membership of a recognized professional body will be an advantage.

E. MODE OF APPLICATION (FOR A, B, C & D, ABOVE):
? Interested applicants should submit their applications together with photocopies of their certificates and Curricula Vitae (CV) to the respective Regional Coordinating Directors of their respective Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs). LGS-CV format for the application can be downloaded from LGS website www.lgs.gov.gh ; ? Officers who have already been appointed and posted as a Head of Department of any MMDAs are not allowed to apply for any of these posts;  ? Deadline for the submission of applications shall be 12:00 noon, Friday, 25th November, 2016; and ? Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

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INTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Local Government Service Secretariat (LGSS) in fulfilment of its mandate of ensuring the effective and efficient day-to-day administration of the Local Government Service (LGS) and in accordance with the Local Government Service Act 2003, Act 656 is seeking highly successful and result-oriented persons to fill the following position(s):

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