The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, has stated that a Legislative Instrument on Section 232(2) of the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936) would be laid before Parliament in the last quarter of 2019.
She indicated that in the specific case of Section 232(2) of Act 936, the said Section requires the Minister to, on the advice of the Local Government Service Council (LGSC), make Regulations for Institutional cooperation between the Local Government Service and other branches of the Public Service, and on a matter that falls within the scope of the functions of the Local Government Service.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament, the Local Government Minister pointed out that the Ministry is currently engaging Parliamentary Select Committee on Subsidiary Legislation and other stakeholders on the proposed Regulations prior to approval by the Attorney General’s Department.
The Local Government Minister who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Nalerigu/Gambaga, reiterated that the Office of the Local Government Service (OHLGS) has developed a framework document, to regulate Inter-Service and Inter-Sectorial Collaboration and Co-operation between the OHLGS and other branches of the public service.
Answering a question at the Plenary, the Local Government and Rural Development Minister informed the House that the document is being used to regulate institutional co-operation between the Local Government Service and other branches of the Public Service in Ghana.
She further explained that the Inter-Service and Sectorial Collaboration and Cooperation System (ISCCS), which was developed for adoption by all partners in the Local Government Service is being reviewed and expanded to meet the requirements of the Act 936.
“The Ministry has Guidelines and other Administrative Procedures regarding permits, notices and consultations between agencies and local communities”, she revealed.
Mrs. Mahama concluded that the Guidelines are being expanded and converted into Regulations as required under Act 936.