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DCD positions are not only for administrative class-Dr Mahama


Beginning next year 2014, anyone seeking to become metropolitan, municipal or district coordinating director will have to apply to the local government service.

The move, according to local government service, is to ensure that regional and district coordinating directorship positions do not reduce to only administrative class in the country.

 It is also expected to give other professionals with requisite qualifications the opportunity to become conversant with the local governance system in Ghana. Out of 260 MMDAs in the countries only 92 have substantive directors while the rest are in acting capacity positions.

Head of Local government Service, Dr Callistus Mahama announced this at the orientation workshop in Tamale for agric directors from Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions.

Dr Mahama said from next year onwards his outfit will kick start a process for all acting directors and those who are not in action positions to apply, adding that all directors no matter the class can also to apply become coordinating directors.

Applicants he said must be equipped themselves with the local government system because according the position is not a technical but rather purely managerial.

 The service will roll out the process by February 2014 for prospective applicants to apply.   ’’I am very much interested to see other directors from other classes to become coordinating directors’’ Dr Mahama stated.

Speaking to Zaa News on the sidelines of the workshop, James Oppong Mensah with the human resource development at the Institute of Local Government Studies in Accra  said, with the promulgation of LI 1961 agric at the district automatically  became a department of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

To qualify as director of agric, the ILGS has come out with a scheme of service which spells out qualifications, number of years of experience, the training one has and the process by which one undergoes leads to one’s appointment as a director, Mr James Oppong Mensah explained.

The ILGS, according to Mr James, adheres to protocol strictly before anyone is appointed. The ILGS he said has come out with operational manuals which outline all issues regarding human resource management and development at the various district assemblies. It is a process and not a onetime event that has to happen and all go to sleep, he further explained.




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