Capacity Building Workshop For MMDAs In The Greater Accra Region Held

A two-day workshop for vetting of the 2015 Capacity Building Plans of Metropolitan Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Greater Accra Region has been held in Accra.

The exercise, which was funded by a grant under the External Actions of The European Union, aimed at strengthening the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and the Regional Planning Coordinating Unit (RPCU) to effectively support the planning and monitoring of activities of MMDAs to help them improve the availability, access and quality of public services to the citizenry for better living conditions within their communities.

In a speech read on behalf of the Greater Accra Regional Minister by his deputy, Hon Djanmah Vanderpuye, the Minister noted that, deficiencies imbedded in the various capacity requirements of personnel of the Assemblies had gravely hindered the granting of greater budgetary autonomy to MMDAs.

He further posited that “the establishment of the capacity building component of the District Development Fund has come to support the improvement of staff capacity through training to enable them to effectively perform their statutory mandate”.

He added that, “I am reliably informed that, this programme is the first of its kind in the Region, which is indicative of the high interest of the RCC towards capacity enhancement at the local level for efficient service delivery and meeting the Local Government Service Delivery Standards that focuses on Participation, Professionalism, Efficiency and Effectiveness, Transparency, Accountability and Client Focused”.

Mr. George Gyapani Ackah, Head of the Regional Planning Unit at the RCC said, “the RCC through the RPCU will follow-up on the implementation of the various Capacity Building Plans of the 16 MMDAs in the GAR to ensure that the expected outcomes are duly achieved”.

Speaking on anonymity, a participant expressed gratitude to the RCC for delivering such a workshop which has enabled participants from the respective MMDAs to have their Capacity development plans vetted and fine-tuned.

Each MMDA was represented by five (5) participants made up of an Assembly’s Coordinating Director, a Budget officer, a planning officer, and two officers from the Human Resource (HR) Unit.

The Director of the HR Unit at the GARCC, Mr. Amarh Ashitey, noted that “this was the first time such a programme has been held in the region and was therefore optimistic that, participants will endeavor to make the best out of the exercise”.

On his part, Mr. Ernest Nyagbe, the Regional Coordinating Director at the RCC observed that,” the Coordinating Council will continue to make such training programs available to officers at the Assemblies to keep them on top of their schedules and thereby ensure that, the citizenry are given the best of local Government services”.

Source: ISD (Steve Nii Nai Mensah)

Created: 02 April 2015
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