Dr. Callistus Mahama, the out-going Head of Local Government Service, has officially handed over to Dr. Nana Ato Arthur as the new Head of the Local Government Service at a brief but very impressive ceremony at the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS).

Dr. Nana Ato Arthu
Dr. Nana Ato Arthu
The impressive ceremony was witnessed by the Chief Director of the OHLGS, Mr. Joseph M. Dasanah and members of Dr. Arthur’s delegation.
Dr. Nana Ato Arthur the former Member of Parliament for KEEA expressed his appreciation to President Nana Akufo Addo and promised to work assiduously as Head of Local Government Service.

Dr. Nana Ato Arthur further assured workers at the Local Government Service of an open and transparent administration.
On his part, Dr. Callistus Mahama, the out-going Head of Local Government Service wished him well and asked workers there to offer him with all the needed support to enable him succeed as head of the service.
Find below profile of Honourable Dr Nana Ato Arthur and strategies for the Local Government Service.
PROFESSION : Development Engineer/Local Government Expert.

OBJECTIVE:
To bring to bare my expertise in the smooth running Management of the Local Government systems, notable is to;
i. Ensure transparency and accountability in the management of MMDAs.
ii. Ensure that the Proper Fundamentals are in place to ensure smooth elections.
iii. To position MMDAs strategically for the implementation of the ‘One district one Factory program’.
iv. To help empower MMDAs on best practices in Development planning Management.
v. Ensure greater revenue through workable ICT Units in MMDAs

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
1. PhD in Development Studies, University of Bonn, Germany. 2009-2012
2. M.Sc. in Development Planning and Management; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana 1996-1997.
3. Postgraduate Diploma in Regional Planning and Management, September, 1995- July, 1996 in Dortmund, Germany.
4. BSc.(Hons.) Agricultural Engineering, South China Agricultural University ,Guangzhou, China . 1985-1989.
5. Advanced Level Certificate, St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast. 1981-1983
6. Ordinary level Certificate; Fijai Secondary School, Sekondi Ghana.From 1976 – 1981

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

* By dint of hard work, from January 2017, is the leader of the Presidential Transition Subcommittee for Transition Activities on selected RCCs and MMDAs – covered Central, Western, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo.
Hon. Dr. Stephen Nana Ato Arthur, between January 2013 to January 2017 was the Member Of Parliament Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abrem(KEEA) constituency, Parliament of Ghana.
He was the Central Regional Minister from May 2006 – January, 2009.
Deputy Central Regional Minister from 2005 – 2006. Here, he assisted MMDAs in the development of their Medium Term Development Plans(MTDPs) and conflict resolutions among agencies of Government and Traditional Authorities.

District Chief Executive from March, 2001 – May, 2005, KEEA District Assembly, Elmina.
Management Consultant with State Enterprise Commission, Accra. From December 1998 – March 2001.

Engineer with Irrigation Development Authority from March 1991 – 1998.

COMMITTEES SERVED IN THE 6TH PARLIAMENT OF GHANA.

1. Appointment Committee
2. Mines and Energy Committee
3. Employment, Social welfare and state Enterprises
4. In addition, Hon. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur was appointed by the 2016 Flagbearer to serve on Local Government Sector Committee.
Honorable, was also the Coordinator for Nana Addo for the Presidential primaries and the general elections.

ATTRIBUTES

Hon. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur has been successful in all his portfolios held because he has;
– Excellent Communication Skills
– Pays attention to details.
– Goal and results oriented Person
– Strategic Planning and Management skills.
– Team Player.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES/ASSOCIATIONS
1. Member, Ghana institution of Engineers. (MGhIE).
2. Member, Spring International Association of Development Planners.
3. Member, Association of Agricultural Engineers (MGSAE).
PUBLICATIONS

– Arthur, S.N.A.(2012) ” The Unfinished Business of Decentralization: Political Accountability of Local Government in Ghana- the case of KEEA Municipality” (PhD thesis).

– Arthur, S.N.A.(1997) ” Towards Effective Management of Rural Roads in Ghana- the case of Ejura-Sekyeredumasi District.

LECTURES AND CONFERENCES.
*Participant*, 22nd Africa Oil Week, Cape Town, South Africa. October 26-30, 2015.
*Guest Lecturer*, Local Government in Ghana, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Coast, 2015.
*Speaker*, Bonn Symposium 2013: Local Actors and the Post 2015 Agenda- Good local governance.
*Speaker*, Fundamentals of Local Government: the Ghanaian Context. Nairobi, Kenya, February 1- 4, 2005.

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