The programme is a joint initiative of the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS) and the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) to improve administrative and operational capacities of the LGS at all levels. It also brings to fruition, the constitutional provisions under Article 240(2)(b), for which Parliament was required to provide by law, measures that are necessary to enhance the capacity of local governments to plan, initiate, coordinate, manage and execute decisions of the local governments.
The SoST is aimed at equipping and sharpening the professional knowledge, skills and attitudes of staff and officers of the LGS for improved job performance and organisational effectiveness. It is well-structured, sequential and a career-oriented programme customised for the respective professional staff classes within the LGS. The roll-out of the SoST programme would significantly have an impact on professionalism and productivity of staff, improve management performance and effectiveness in service delivery responsibilities of local governments in Ghana.