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General News of Saturday, 29 February 2020

Source: a1radioonline.com

Rise above the challenges and be innovative - Minister to MMDCES


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Metropolitan,Municipal District Chief Executives[MMDCEs] and their Coordinating Directors [MMDCEs] have been charged to rise above challenges they encounter in their line for duty in order to propel the needed development.

The challenge was thrown by Upper East Regional Minister,Hon. Tangoba Abayage In Bolgatanga during the signing of performance contracts between the MMDCES and MMDCDs.

In a speech addressed to the MMDCEs and MMDCDs, Hon.Tangoba stated that the performance agreements have come to stay in public service as a means of eliciting accountability from duty bearers and indicated that the exercise has become a hallmark of the entire performance management system as it ties in the performance of all staff with those of leadership.

She added that it was instructive to note the commitment of the Office of Head of Local Government Service(OHLGS) towards the effectiveness of the various Assemblies.

According to Hon. Tangoba, the introduction of Performance Agreements has enhanced coordination of deliverables between both MMDAS and the Regional Coordinating Councils(RCCs) which should be further strengthened in an attempt to improve productivity in the public sector.

The Minsiter also observed that the implementation of the Performance Contracts has not been without challenges but it should not be a factor to tie down their development.

“I wish to encourage MMDAS to rise above the challenges and innovate in meeting the service needed of citizens under your respective jurisdiction.Indeed,it is when we are able to go round constraints and serve people that we stand out for recognition. We have a social contract with our people which demands that we marshal all competencies to see it through”

“Most often than not,the underlying issues have bothered on the provision of required leadership to get things done than about resources, with suitable management skills,we are capable of ramping up necessary resources to meet planned programmes and doing more with the little we have” She indicated.

Hon.Tangoba has therefore assured that her office will do its best in ensuring the successful implementation of the performance contracts.

The performance contract has been signed in accordance with the implementation of the Local Government Service Performance Management System to improve service delivery in the MMDAs and also to ensure the success of certain specific projects at the assemblies.

It comes with seven thematic areas since its inception which includes; General Administration,Human Resource Management,Financial Management and Reporting,Infrastructure,Social Services Delivery ,Economic Development,Environment and Sanitation Management.

The assessment of the MMDAs is carried out in the second quarter annually and the last exercise was done in 2019.

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