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Okaikwei North Assembly Zonal Council Staff Undergo Training

A two-day capacity building training program for staff of the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly has ended. The trainees drawn from the various departments and units of the Assembly are to be posted to coordinate the activities of the Assembly’s two Zonal Councils. Speaking at the opening of the training, Mrs Cecilia Ofori-Asante, the Acting Coordinating Director of the Municipality said the training will equip the participants for their responsibilities. She said the trainees will be dealing with the people directly in order to solve their problems. Ms Sefia Salifu, the Senior Human Resource Manager noted that the training will equip the trainees to know their responsibilities. According to her, the Legislative Instrument (LI) mandates every Assembly to have a Zonal Council and that there was also the need to have the needed staff to run it. Mr Joseph Dasanah, a former Chief Director of the Head of the Local Government Service stated that Zonal Councils are a crucial part of the local governance system. This he said ensures effective Decentralization especially when the staff posted to the council are to provide services to the people in their communities. He urged the trainees to deal with issues within their mandate indicating that they must be concerned about the legacy they will leave behind when they leave the Service. Mr. Dasanah said however that there are some basic rules to be respected in order to enshrine democracy. The former Local Government Director explained that the Service takes its roots from the 1992 Constitution insisting that there must be discipline and peaceful co-existence among members. In an intervention on the need for staff of the Service to go on leave, Ms. Salifu said going on leave is mandatory per Section 20 of the Labour Act. She indicated nobody can be forced to proceed on leave but staff who fail to indicate when to go on leave else they miss the opportunity to. Mr Dasanah urged the participants to be open and transparent to the people at the community they would serve. He also noted that the staff must be creative and not stick to old way of doing things because the world is dynamic .In a closing remark, Ms Salifu expressed the hope that the knowledge imparted will be beneficial to staff. She noted that the training has reminded the participants of many things they have forgotten. The participants were trained on advance minutes writing and reports writing, overview of the Local Government Act 936, Roles of Secretaries.

 

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