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Pay Attention to Staff Recruitment

2007-05-09 09:48:41
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THE Programmes Director of the Girls Growth and Development (GIGDEV), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Madam Stella Nitori, has urged District Assemblies to give special attention to staff recruitment processes at the local level to ensure that quality personnel are engaged in the sector to facilitate high productivity.

It is also imperative for the assemblies to intensify training and capacity building programmes to help improve on personnel,performance and understanding of good administrative and governance framework.

Madam Nitori made the call at a day’s capacity building workshop for Assembly and Unit Committe members at Savelugu in the Savelugu Nanton District in the Northern Region.

About 40 Assembly and Unit Committee members, together with development partners from 15 selected communities in the district, attended the workshop.

The workshop equipped participants with the requisite knowledge and skills to function effectively and enhance the decentralisation process at the local level.

"For decentralisation to be successful, local officials must gaia the management and planning Rills necessary to assume their right roles and responsibilities in their respective communities,"
Madam Nitori emphasised.

She stated that most assemblies lacked the fall complement of staff and infrastructure to operate and where they were available, most of them were ignorant, tacked experience and therefore could not meet the expectation of the people they served, adding.

"This affects the assembly’s ability to formulate, implement and manage development projects and programmes, resulting in a low communal spirit, financial mismanagement, fraud and low internally generated rands."

She further stated that to ensure a high level of professionalism at the Assembly level, capacity building must go beyond short courses and workshops to include long-term education packages for staff, which would go a long way to correct the anomalies in staffing at the decentralised level.

A facilitator at the workshop, Mr Thomas Pang, said GIGDEV was committed limitations within the decentralised system.

He stated that the policy contex of decentralisation was meaningless unless it was linked to the eradication of poverty, equity in rights, participatory decision-making and adequate resources allocation.

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