Head of the Local Government Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur has issued a warning to all staff of the Local Government Service to resign from their political positions or resigned from the local government service.
Nana Ato said no staff of the Local Government service should hold any political position because the local government act does not permit anyone to hold political position whiles in service, he therefore, admonished anyone who holds such positions to resign before the person is sacked.
The Head of Service paid a day visit to the Nadowli-Kaleo District Assembly as part of his five working day visit to the Upper west Region to interact with key officials in the Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs).
In his interaction with the gathering, he outlined some thematic areas that he would focus on during his term of office. Some of which were; capacity building of the local government staff to meet challenges, promote ICT to improve revenue mobilization in the MDAs to reduce the over-reliance on central government releases to finance development projects and ensure that tax collectors return money’s collected from business people to the Assemblies.
Other areas would be to ensure that staff exhibit professionalism in their duty of work.
He expressed the worry where staffs of the Assemblies have been leaking official documents to the media and other agencies. He said he would not accept lateness to work by any staff and asked the coordinating director of the Nadowli-Kaleo District Assembly to implement all rules and regulations governing staff professionalism at work.
Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur also appealed to the Assembly to learn best practices through twining or sister cities partnership. Also, the frontline staff should be abreast with the Local Government Service.
He was not impressed about the 2016 Internally Generated Revenue of the Assembly and stated that there was the urgent need for the management of the Assemblies to carefully consider ways of generating much revenue for the Assembly
Hon. Katherine T. Lankono the District Chief Executive for Nadowli Kaleo in a statement said the total staff strength of the assembly stood at 116 comprising all departments of the assembly. She appealed to the head of service to lobby the central government to post more staff to the district.
The DCE assured the Head of Service that all concerns raised will be address before his next visit.
The staff took time to ask the head of service questions regarding upgradement, salaries and years of service before promotion.
The interaction was held at the District Health Directorate on Friday.