The Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) has matriculated a total of 101 students for its master’s programmes.
The fresh students are pursing courses in local government economic development, administration and organisation, financial management and environment science, policy and management.
Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, addressing the ceremony in Accra, reminded the institute of its core mandate and urged management to ensure it remained relevant to the objective of local governance.
He identified financial and economic viability of local authorities, prudent management of natural, economic, social and cultural resources as well as the responsive, transparent and reliable service delivery, as the core areas which needed much attention.
According to him, the pursuit of post graduate studies on local governance was a necessary ingredient to facilitate growth in local governance.
“I would therefore encourage the institute that while maintaining the requirements for academic excellence, it should endeavour to ensure that teaching and learning methods are practical, interactive and could be used to solve specific problems of local authorities,” he said.
Alhaji Dauda observed that education has become a life-long investment which needed to focus more on practical training rather than theory, if the sector was to achieve more success.
He, therefore, urged the matriculants to be resolute and work hard to support the localities they represent.
The acting Director of the institute, Dr. Abdulai Dramani, underscored the importance of training experts in local governance to lead developmental programmes in local communities.
According to him, despite the lack of core operating funding, inadequate infrastructure like hostel facilities for students and the current power fluctuations, the institute continued with its policy of delivering quality and appropriate education to its students.
Dr. Dramani said the institute, guided by the regulations of human institution, would continue to introduce innovative methods to enhance its education provision, as well as expand its programmes to serve more people seeking such knowledge on local governance.
Professor Goski Alabi, speaking on the theme ” Action research: a driver for local government and national development,” charged the matriculants to strive for excellence and be disciplined.
By Charles Amankwa & Benedicta Folley