Office of the Head of Civil Service

The Civil Service is at the heart of the Government’s administrative machinery and has considerable strategic importance in the process of nation building. The Civil Service has oversight responsibility over all the other public services, each of which comes under a particular sector ministry.

Brief History of The Office of the Head of Civil Service

(OHCS) The OHCS was created in 1980 as a successor to the Establishment Secretariat with Mr. J.H. Sackey as the first Head of Civil Service. The Office was created as a center for Human Resource Management for the entire Ghana Civil Service. This strategically placed the OHCS under the purview of the Presidency. Section (6) of the PNDC Law 327 of 1993 provides for the appointment of the Head of the Civil Service who is mandated to do the following: · Ensure general efficiency of the Civil Service; · Have overall charge of all Civil Servants; · Ensure effective implementation of government policies and plans.

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OHCS Honours Former Head of Civil Service

The Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS) last Friday (10/01/2014)at the State Banquet Hall

Mr. Kemevor who retires after three years of service as Head of the Civil Service (HCS), is succeeded by Nana Agyekum Dwamena who until now was the Executive Secretary, of the Management Services Division, Accra; a division under the purview of the OHCS.

The chairman for the occasion Gum Naaba Alhaji Mahamadu Asibi Azonko, President of CLOGSAG described the former HCS as  “an ardent promoter of peace who served with humility, He said Mr. Kemevor had a deep appreciation of the challenges of the service and that his manmanagerial expertise was priceless in dealing with the issues at hand.

The head of the Local Government Secretariat, Dr Callistus Mahama, also described Mr Kemevor’s tenure of office as unique in the history of the Civil Service, which in his opinion benefited Ghana.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Communications, Mr. Ofosu Adarkwa, who spoke on behalf of his colleague Chief Directors said Mr Kemevor’s  negotiationtion skills was key to bringing harmony into the Civil Service..

The Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, Mr. Isaac Bampoe-Addo, described Mr. Kemevor as a true friend of CLOGSAG. As the Chairman of the technical committee that reviewed, placed and corrected distortions in the Ghana Universal Salary Structure (GUSS) and he endeared himself in that effort, Mr. Bampoe-Addo noted.

“We wish to acknowledge your immense involvement in shaping not only the civil service, but also the role you played in the affairs of CLOGSAG.”

The former HCS took the opportunity in his farewell speech to enumerate in what he described as modest achievements during his tenure. Mr. Kemevor noted that the problem of unreliable HR database of the Civil Service had almost become a thing of past, he also made mention of a two-storey 100 capacity hostel nearing completion at the premises of the Institute of Technical Supervision (ITS) Weija, Accra. The HCS also made mention of two new computer laboratories for Ho and Tamale Government Secretarial Schools, who he said were sponsored by the French government.

Mr. Kemevor also acknowledged the efforts of JICA, who he said have provided supported to the Civil Service Training Center (CSTC) to become a center of excellence in Civil Service Training in the West African sub-region.

The former HCS was presented with a citation that credited him amongst other things for reviewing all the Schemes of Service of the Civil Service, actively supporting the decentralization process and re-introducing the Performance Agreement for Chief Directors. The citation noted that Mr. Kemavor epitomized the quotation “Leadership is cause: Everything else is effect”.

Mr.  Kemavor was also presented with a Plaque, Kente cloth, wall clock, a flat screen TV and cash donations. Presentations were made on behalf of the OHCS, Civil and Local Government Staff Association Ghana, (CLOGSAG) Chief Directors, State Protocol Department, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection respectively.