PRESIDENT NANA AKUFO-ADDO HAS INAUGURATED CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

PRESIDENT NANA AKUFO-ADDO HAS INAUGURATED CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL

 His Excellency the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inaugurated the 8-Member Governing council of the Ghana Civil Service.

This is in fulfillment of Civil Service Law, 1993 PNDCL 327, Civil Service Council (CSC) is the apex of the Ghana Civil Service. This is the governing board for the entire Ghana Civil Service. It gives policy direction on Human Resource issues and approvals for human resource management decisions.

The newly inaugurated office the 8-Member Governing Body of the Civil Service Council is chaired by Justice Rose Constance Owusu, a retired Supreme Court Judge. The other members of the Council are Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena; Justice Henrietta Abban; Edwin P.D. Barnes; Isaac Kwame Asiamah; Isaac Bampoe Addo; Mary Imelda Amadu; and Isaac Tetteh Adjovu.

In his address President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo urged the Civil Service to co-operate with Government in ensuring the implementation of its policies, and the realisation of the vision of a prosperous, progressive Ghana.

He said government is committed to working with the Civil Service in an atmosphere of transparency and openness, adding that “we see the civil service as a strategic partner of the State, in being able to assist us to realise our objectives.”

President Akufo-Addo noted that in recent years, there have been arguments about whether the Civil Service owes its allegiance to the State, or to the Government of the day.

He noted, however, that the Civil Service “should be at the heart of the State, and should be a body of experienced administrators who will help the Government of the day carry out its mandate.”

The President added that “we are, today, in a multi-party, democratic framework in Ghana, and it means governments will come and go, but the Civil Service should be there all the time, and provide experienced administrators that can help successive governments discharge their duties.”

He, thus, urged the Civil Service Council to deal with issues of promotions, the postings of Chief Directors, amongst others, stressing that “you have to be guided by what is in the interest of the country and the public interest of Ghana.”

Additionally, President Akufo-Addo admonished the Council to deal with the problems that have bedevilled the Civil Service over the years – corruption, excessive bureaucratisation, overt political involvement – stressing that the Council has the responsibility in “ensuring that the Civil Service stays on an even keel, and that these matters are confronted.”

It was the expectation of the President that the Council “will give me good and honest advice, advice devoid of partisanship; advice that will help me do my work well. And that you will assist me to give strategic direction to the civil service in the way in which it mobilises and deploys its human resources.”

President Akufo-Addo, in expressing his delight about the composition of the Council, was confident that “the leadership of the body is in strong hands, and I am sure they will give direction to the Civil Service, and help us realise our objectives. Help us do a good job for Ghanaians, because in all cases, at all times, it is their welfare that has to guide our actions.”

On her part, Chairperson of the Council, Justice Rose Owusu, on behalf of the other members of the Council, thanked President Akufo-Addo for the honour  and the confidence reposed in them.

“We acknowledge the fact that the task ahead is onerous, but with the help of the Almighty God and his direction, we pledge to discharge the duties attached to this appointment to the best of our abilities.”

“We also thank you sincerely for the privilege of involving us in your noble agenda for the transformation of our dear country, Ghana. We will do our best, and, as you said, the primary consideration being the interest of Ghana and the people of Ghana,” Justice Rose Owusu added.