Short Courses and Scheme Based Programmes

Short Courses and Scheme Based Programmes

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The Local Government Service (LGS) was established in 2003 with the enactment of Act 656. This is in response to the constitutional provision in Article 240, 2(d) that as far as practicable, persons in the service of local government shall be subject to the effective control of local authorities. The same article mentions measures for (i) capacity-building (ii) a sound financial base and (iii) participation for effective job performance of local authorities in justifying the transfer of functions, powers, responsibilities and resources from the centre to local government units.

Since its establishment, the LGS has worked in executing functions assigned it which include identifying and putting in place the categories of professional staff  required at the district/regional level; their job content, required capacities, modes of advancement, conditions and schemes of service amongst others. There are on-going efforts by the LGS in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and other state institutionsto integrate decentralized departments into the assemblies as contained in LI 1961. In order to achieve local government organisation goals and objectives, a professional LGS is required. Professional in this context includes:

  • Specialization in and application of various functional areas within the local government sector;
  • Entry requirements into the Service involving clear recruitment standards, prescribed training and certification and standardized assessment and procedures for advancement, amongst others.
  • Code of Ethics
  • ContinuousProfessional Development, etc.

The mandate of the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) under Act 647 requires it to promote managerial efficiency and effectiveness at the sub-national level.  This includes supporting the Local Government Service (LGS) to equip staff of Assemblies with the requisite skills, knowledge and attitudes to perform their functions as well as identify innovative and responsive courses of action to ensure the growth and development of the communities they serve.

 

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