The Office of the Head of Local Government Services (OHLGS) is developing procedures for sanctioning Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) and Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) that fail to meet the requirements outlined in this year’s Performance Contract (PC).
According to the service, the penalties would follow the terms of employment and the Human Resource Operational Manual for the local government service.
This was stated by Lillian Baeka, Director of Management Technical Service at OHLGS, last Thursday in Accra during a review workshop on the proposed PC indicators.
“We are developing modalities to sanction MMDAs and RCCs whose performances are unsatisfactory, and the sanctions will be applied in this year’s assessment,” she said.
The meeting’s goals were to inform all regional ministers and their various coordinating directors about this year’s PC and to get their feedback on how to improve the indicators so that the contract could be finalised.
Following the review, the participants signed the agreement as their approval.
The Performance Contract
The Local Government Service (LGS) is required by the Local Governance Act, 2016 (ACT 936) to ensure efficient management and administration of the nation’s decentralized local government system.
Accordingly, the OHLGS created a thorough Performance Management System (PMS) based on established service delivery standards.
In order for employees and the service to be committed to achieving the established objectives and targets in the service delivery within a specified timeframe, the PC is a crucial mechanism in the implementation of the PMS.
Osei Bonsu (OB) Amoah, the designate Minister of State for Performance at the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization, and Rural Development, urged the MMDAs and the RCCs to deliver outstanding performances at this year’s event.
“The Volta Region has been doing very well, it won in 2021 and also performed very well last year and it is my hope the other regions will keep up,” he said.
For those who don’t deliver, he stressed that their promotion would become a problem and would not be marked as required under the law, indicating that that could go against them as far as evaluation was concerned.
“It is my prayer that all of you will meet all the requirements to prove that you are committed to the goals and objectives of the Ministry of Local Government and the LGS.
Sometimes, when the Regional Coordinating Councils are performing, the assemblies don’t perform so well and I want to task the RCCs to ensure that the assemblies live up to expectations,” Mr Amoah said.
Felicia Dapaah, the OHLGS’s Chief Director, expressed the hope that the contract for this year would start a more objective discussion about how the regions should develop in the top-priority fields of administration, human resource management, financial management, reporting, and services.
Eight years have passed since the local government performance system was put in place, and she noted that by having a reliable, efficient, and effective system in place for the monitoring and evaluation of the performance of its various organisations, the OHLGS was continuously improving the performance of MMDAs.