Local government sub-structures urged to facilitate rural development
The Head of Department for Urban Environmental Management, Institute of Local Government Studies, Madam Faustina Essando-Yeddu, has urged sub-structures of local government to work hard to facilitate the development of rural areas.
Madam Essando-Yeddu said this when closing a two-day orientation workshop for 250 Area Council Members from the Jomoro District at Half Assini in the Western Region.
The programme was organised by the Jomoro District Assembly in collaboration with the Institute of Local Government Service.
It forms part of a special regional programme designed for Urban, Zonal, Town and Area Council of District Assemblies in the Western Region.
It was aimed at exposing participants to the changing environment of local governance, challenges, opportunities and expected roles.
She said the role of Area Council and Unit committee members in the Local Government system in the country is essential hence the need for the workshop to build their capacity to enable them pursue their mandate.
Topics treated include district Assembly System, rules of functioning structures and function of district Assembly sub-structure, roles and responsibilities of Zonal, Town and Area Council members.
Madam Essando-Yeddu and Mr Yaw Adu Asamoah, Jomoro District Coordinating Director and Mr John De-Graft Abotare, District Budget Officer who were facilitators, took the participants through the topics.
The District Chief Executive for Jomoro, Mr Sylvester Nuamah Dadieh urged members of the sub-structure of Local Government system not to allow their political affiliation interfere with their work.
He said Council and Area Committee members are to promote development by uniting their communities rather than openly engaging in partisan politics which could derail development adding, partisan politics is detrimental to national development.
The DCE advised them to be mindful of their personal appearance in their communities; be decent and avoid taking to drinking and drug abuse.
Mr Dadieh thanked the members for offering themselves to serve their people.