The President of NALAG, Mr Theophilus Aidoo-Mensah, has commended the government for a successful transfer of 10 departments with a working force of 30,000 civil servants to the Local Government Service.
He said the transfer had solved the problem of attracting qualified personnel to work with the assemblies.
“The transfer will provide the required human resource for all assemblies,” Mr Aidoo-Mensah, the District Chief Executive for Gomoa West, told the GNA in an interview
He said since the assemblies were about development and development was about people the merger of the two working forces would make assemblies functional to speed up development.
Mr Aidoo-Mensah said the transfer would also bridge the disparities gap between Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDCEs) as well as the rural and urban centres.
He appealed to his colleagues to take measures to integrate the transferred staff into the Local Government system for them to settle down early enough for work to begin in earnest.
Mr Aidoo-Mensah urged the MMDCEs to see the transfer as a challenge to transform administration and governance to enhance decentralization and to deepen democracy.
“We are now going to manage larger assemblies, which enjoins us to tighten supervision and monitoring of our staff in order not to make the transfer to be seen as mere declaration of redundancy,” he said.
Mr Aidoo-Mensah said the merger goes with challenges to the MMDCEs and the government and appealed to the authorities to ensure that logistics were made available promptly to prevent the staff from idling about.