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Local Gov't Ministry Service Delivery Retreat highlight key institutional challenges
Ibraahim Sesay
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Local Gov't Ministry Service Delivery Retreat highlight key institutional challenges

Local Gov't Ministry Service Delivery Retreat highlight key institutional challenges

Local Gov't Ministry Service Delivery Retreat highlight key institutional challenges

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) has held a one-day retreat for Regional and Provincial Administrative Staff on the theme: "Strengthening Regional/ Provincial Administration for Effective Service Delivery".

The retreat targeted Resident Ministers, Provincial Secretaries, District Officers and Central Chiefdom Administrave Clerks and was chaired by the Deputy Minister of MLGRD, Melrose Karminty.

In his keynote address, the Minister of MLGRD, Tamba John Sylvanus Lamina said the retreat aimed to address Chiefdom Governance, the formation of Provincial Advisory Group, and the issue of timely reporting, accountability and transparency.

Minister Lamina agreed that there are  challenges with the very structure of the Ministry, adding that according to the consultants that are currently working on its Five-year strategic plan, the Ministry's structure is no longer fit for purpose and needs a complete overhaul.

" The MLGRD structure lacks coherent, institutional capacity with colonial era elements sitting alongside the first stages of donor led initiatives, while critical functions such as rural development, strategy and policy have defectively been allowed  a very little room to manoeuvre," he emphasized.

He observed that because of the poor structure of the Ministry and the little or no action  over the years to address same, the challenges have cascaded down to the Councils and regional/ Provincial Administration which in turn have caused a disconnect between the two.

"The five years strategic plan which I believe will address the structural challenge of the Ministry is almost completed. Today, we have an open space to discuss and deliberate on issues that face us. We don't want this retreat to be a platform for mourning, but we want it to be a stage where we would develop  tangible outcomes that will be used to address our challenges," he appealed.

He said that even though there are myriad of challenges faced with all sectors of the Ministry, steps need to be taken to address certain mishaps within the Provincial and Regional Administration. He cited the issue of timely reporting of incidences, over bloating of TA lists, unreasonable fines levied by Local Court Chairmen and Paramount Chiefs that request for Cows as requirements for Section Chieftaincies Elections.

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