The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has called on the Public Service Commission to initiate actions to enact a legislative instrument to protect civil servants. CLOGSAG believes there has been over politicization of the civil service hence the need to provide the legal backing to secure their employment even when there is a change of government.
In a press conference held on Wednesday, the group said many of their colleagues have suffered dismissals politically as a result of change of government. The group argues that most of its members have massively been transferred and dismissed since the hands of government changed this year.
Meanwhile a political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology, Dr. Edward Brenya said the call by CLOGSAG is legitimate. He argued that it is unfortunate for political parties to resort to firing people with expertise who the state has spent money on and bring in their preferred people because they promised them jobs adding that civil servants are entitled to secured tenure of office.
In an interview with an Accra based television station, Dr. Brenya further stated the concern being put out by CLOGSAG is a step in the right direction, “Constitutional amendments need to be done to give them the due protection that is required because Ghana is losing a lot for selfish political interest which is not right. I don’t think you it is right that when you come in, you lay people off and bring in people with inexperience and when they get some sort of experience another party comes in to lay them off, I don’t think it is right for mother Ghana.”
He said the presidency has become so powerful rendering institutions powerless since politics has transcended the state institutions which make them unable to do what they are mandated to do.
Dr. Brenya added that “Rules and laws guiding public service commission needs to be given some level of power to allow them do what is constitutionally required. Institutional amendment needs to be done to strengthen the public service commission and laws defining who the president can fire and who can be hired.” he said.
By: Darlas Williams/Okwawufm.com