28 Apr 2018

Gov't To Crackdown On Politics In Civil Service - Dr. Bawumia

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has cautioned Civil Servants, especially The Chief Directors at The Ministries to desist from unnecessary partisan politics.

According to him, one of the issues that keep coming up and worries a lot of the bureaucrats is the “seeming politicization of the Civil Service”, adding that “the Government will not countenance any situation where partisan politics is seen to underpin the advice given or actions taken by Civil Servants. In all your actions you must, as Civil Servants, think first of this country to which we are all proud to belong.”

Secretary to The Cabinet, Mercy Deborah Karikari, who disclosed this on behalf of The Vice President at 2018 singing of performance agreement and awards ceremony organized by The Office of The Head of Civil Service for The Chief Directors at The Ministries assured The Civil Servants that “the Government wants to see a Civil Service which provides advice to the political heads of the various Ministries based on objective and critical analysis”.

She, however, expressed her profound gratitude to the Civil and Local Government Staff Association (CLOGSAG) for launching the neutralization project to conscientize its members to be politically neutral, and to perform their duties with commitment and professionalism.

According to Madam Mercy, “another source of worry to Civil Servants is the inadequacy of resources to help you build your capacities to meet the challenges you encounter in your work. From where I sit, I cannot pretend that I am not aware of the resource challenges that you face in the delivery of your targets".

Indeed, reading through your annual performance reports submitted to the Presidency by the Head of the Civil Service, as well as the evaluation reports on the Chief Directors’ performance, the issues of delayed release of funds and limited allocations were common to all the sectors.”

In her conclusion statement, Ambassador Mercy congratulated the Chief Directors of the sector Ministries who have been adjudged as best performed for the 2017 reporting year, for the effort they have put in during the period of evaluation in achieving their targets and deepening their contribution to national development.

I urge you not to relax, but rather work harder to sustain the achievements and move higher, for I am sure that those close behind you will endeavor to catch up and overtake you, so you have no business resting at all, she challenged them.

The Chairperson of The Civil Service Council, Justice Rose Constance Owusu on her part, reassured that The Council will continue to seek the workers interest above any other interest for an enhancement of productivity in the country, stressing that, “it is my pleasure to assure you that, all the issues raised during our visits are receiving utmost consideration by the Council.

I will encourage Ministers of State, Chief Directors, Directors and other senior officers present, to effectively motivate workers to increase productivity.”

She stated that motivation does not only require money, “non-monetary rewards in terms of recognition and appreciation of work done will also do the magic to achieve results. You also have to institute changes that improve morale. Providing training and opportunities for advancement motivate workers to increase productivity while increasing their sense of value for the work.”

On the issue of building a positive image for The Civil Service, The Head of Civil Service, Nana Agyekum Dwamena said, The Civil Service has begun series of activities which seek to rebrand and re-position The Service in a positive light in the eyes of The Public.

“The office of Head of Civil Service has set out to transform public perception of the of the Civil Service brand.

To achieve this, the Civil Service Council has visited several Ministries with the View of familiarizing themselves and soliciting for ideas from civil servants for the purposes of ownership of the transformation agenda.”

We will soon launch an attitudinal change campaign in the Civil Service as part of this rebranding agenda, he hinted.

In the area of strengthening the performance management culture, Mr. Dwamena revealed that “we are aware that the public has often indicated that the performance and Productivity level in Civil /Pub1ic Service is generally low.”

"We know also that shoddy work by some of our colleagues that goes out in our name casts a slur on the image and reputation of the Service". He regretted.

The Chief Director (CD) at The Ministry of Roads and Highways, Godwin Joseph Brocke has been adjudged the best-performed CD of the year 2017, followed by Enoch Cobena of The Ministry of Education.

Solomon Asuwulla went home with the third position and the fourth position went to Patrick Numo, Ministry of Finance and last but the least, Adelaide Anno-Kumi with Ministry for The Interior taken the fifth slot.

Story by Francis Edzorna Mensah

Source: GBC Online

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