The VRCC organized a training programme for all officers who joined the Local Government Service from 2017 to February, 2021. One critical observation which informed the decision of the VRCC was that, the above category of staff in the LGS at the Regional and District levels have never had any form of orientation/training even though they are in the Service.
The outlined objectives of the five-day training workshop which spanned from Monday, 19th and Friday, 23rd April, 2021 include the following:-
- To equip the recently recruited officers of the VRCC and District Assemblies with necessary skills and knowledge to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.
- To enhance the competency levels of the officers concerned.
- To fulfil the back-stopping responsibilities of the RCC, towards the Departments and the District Assemblies.
- To give effect to the career development aspirations of staff in the Local Government Service.
- To expose all recently recruited Professionals in the Service to improved trends and new knowledge in their various fields to enable them match and compete favourably with their contemporaries in other organizations.
- To give the newly recruited staff in the Service the opportunity to undergo refresher scheme of service training to make them more effective.
The workshop was officially opened by the Hon. Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa. He posited that the training would equip the appointees to better contribute towards the administration of the Assemblies and to support the Regional Coordinating Council. He said as public servants their work must be non-partisan and apolitical. “You shouldn’t use your political affiliation in the performance of your duty. No matter your sex, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation, you must deliver your services to Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians,” Dr Letsa said.
The Minister urged the appointees to be committed to their work, eschew negative characters, and be instrumental in managing the resources of the Assemblies for the benefit of all.
Mr Prosper Afenyo, Acting Regional Coordinating Director, who led a presentation on the operations of the Regional Coordinating Council, praised the determination of the appointees in getting acquainted and officially welcomed them to the training.
Mr Cyril Dzinyanu Xatse, Regional Head of the Department of Human Resources at the VRCC, lauded the Local Government Service for boosting the staff strength of the Region over the period. He further thanked the various Assemblies for helping make the training a reality.
In all a total of Four Hundred and Eight (408) Officers attached to the various Assemblies and the Regional Decentralized Departments of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council participated in the workshop in batches of their job classes.