District chief executives (DCEs) have been asked to desist from performing management functions and rather concentrate on providing leadership and vision for the efficient running of their districts.
Mr Eric Oduro Osei, Dean of Studies and Research of the Institute of Local Government Studies, who made the request in Bolgatanga at a workshop organised by the SADA Millennium Villages Project, observed that there are many instances that DCEs are seen micro-managing their districts instead of allowing the technocrats who have the expertise in such areas to perform.
This, the Dean noted, had affected the proper development of many of the district assemblies and appealed to the DCEs to rather concentrate on performing their leadership.
“You are expected to provide vision, direction and motivation and to leave the management function to the technocrats who have the knowledge, experience and expertise to manage.
“As a leader you need to concentrate on the demand for your output. Don’t hesitate to apply the laid down sanctions and procedures to achieve results. There should be no excuses for non-performance,” he emphasised.
He expressed the need for contemporary leadership based on participation and consultation, adding that the successful implementation of local governance requires participation and consultation.
Mr Osei who expressed worry about some technocrats who engage in politics whilst performing their duties, urged such officers to desist from the negative practice since it has the tendency of jeopardising their professional progression.
The workshop which attracted DCEs, district co-ordinating directors, planning and budget officers, heads of department, among others from West Mamprusi, Mamprugu – Moaduri and Builsa South districts was aimed at improving the ability of district assemblies to fulfill their obligations through effective le