Human Capital Is Of Prime Importance – HCS
The Acting Head of the Civil Service, (HCS) Nana Agyekum Dwamena, says it is in recognition of the primary importance of the human capital that the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS) is emphasizing on the need for the implementation of a broad-based training and development policy.
He said it would enable ministries, departments and agencies plan and administer relevant and appropriate interventions towards effective service delivery.
He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the induction and swearing-in of newly appointed Chief Directors of the Ghana Civil Service, at the Civil Service Training Center, Accra.
The HCS however, called on Chief Directors to be responsive to their core mandate, which enjoins them to be proactive in monitoring and supervising government policy. He also called on Chief Directors to be neutral and maintain the highest standards of professionalism aimed at defending plans and policies.
The chairman of the Civil Service Council, Dr Robert Dodoo also advised the Chief Directors on the role of the civil service in policy formulation. He noted that management is the key deliverable, and should not be taken for granted as they take charge of their respective ministries.
The Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Mrs Bridget Katsriku noted that integrity was the most important value that leads to success; whereas the compromise of integrity leads to corruption in all its forms, indiscipline, and collapse of institutions. She therefore called on the Chief Directors to boldly strategize to transform the civil service into a service whose actions are transparent, fair and neutral, and to be leaders of a service which can be held accountable for its actions.
The Secretary to Cabinet, Mr Roger Angsomwine, said Ghana currently needs men and women of integrity who dare to dream and inspire major reforms to ensure that the administrative wing of the political system redeems its place of pride as the real centre of action, while giving true sense to the fundamental values of political neutrality.
The Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, urged Chief Directors to keep abreast with ICT, he also ureged them to e up with alternative concept papers pertaining to policy decisions taken by the political adminstration.
The Danish government who provided counterpart funding through DANIDA, was also represented at the function. The Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs Margit Thomsen, gave the assurance that her country would continue to support the strengthening of the civil service, as part of efforts to deepen good governance in the country.
The induction programme ended on 17/10/2014