LGS seeks inter-sectoral cooperation for better service delivery

By D.I.
Laary, GNA

Wa, Sept. 20, GNA – The Local Government
Service (LGS) has organized inter-service and sectoral collaboration workshop
to help state organizations partner among themselves to improve upon service

The first regional workshop which commenced in
the Upper West Region on Monday is expected to enhance existing collaboration
and cooperation among institutions and agencies of the state.

In a speech read on his behalf, Alhaji
Alhanssan Sulemana, the Upper West Regional Minister, said it is important that
state organizations work together to improve service delivery to the citizenry.

“In this way we can avoid the issues of
overlaps and duplications from functions,” he said.

Inter service and sectoral collaboration and
cooperation would encourage planning and implementation of programmes and
projects at the regional and district levels.

“Hence the need for an inter-service and
sectoral collaboration at the local level cannot be overemphasized,” he said.

Dr Nana Ato Arthur, the Head of the Office of
the Local Government Service, whose speech was also read on his behalf, said in
the discharge of mandates of state institutions, some issues of overlaps,
duplications and conflicts might occur during the planning and implementation
of projects and programmes.

The resolution of such issues to ensure
effective service delivery, he said, required an effective inter-service and
sectoral inter-collaboration and cooperation mechanisms.

He said such mechanisms among institutions
helped to facilitate unity of efforts, fosters common understanding on
development issues, provides a common platform to work, enhances achievement of
objectives and serves as an effective system for integrated service delivery.

He said the system takes various forms
including inter-institutional engagement, networking and communication,
coordination of functions, resource and service sharing, capacity development,
definition of reporting relationships, conflict resolution and joint service
delivery among others.

This Inter-Service and Collaboration and
Cooperation System was developed for adoption and use by all partners on the
strength of the provisions in the Local Service Act2003 (Act656).

The act was amended into the Local Government
Service, 2016, (Act936) section 63(4) (c).

It states: “The head of the Local Government
Service shall establish systems of effective inter-service and sectoral
collaboration and co-operation between the service and other public services to
harmonise local government programmes and avoid duplication with the approval
of the council”.

The expected impact of the system includes
improved legal, constitutional, regulatory and institutional conflicts as well
as judicious use of resources and improved participation.

It also enhances transparency and
accountability in service delivery, improved local economy, poverty reduction,
employment generation and general rise in household income, enhance social
cohesion, gender mainstreaming in service delivery and improved environmental

“We have organized this forum to remind
ourselves of the importance and benefit we would realize from collaborating and
cooperating at all levels for national development,” Dr Arthur said.

Without this, he said, the government agenda
for economic transformation may face sustainability challenges after the
facilities have been approved.


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