Mr. Issaka Amon Kotei, a local governance expert has described the performance of the public sector as underwhelming. According to him, the public sector faces huge challenges that are hindering it from performing it’s mandated duties. He identified the lack of financial support to most of these public sector organizations as the fundamental hinderance to the performance of these organizations.
“the public sector has faced a lot of challenges over the years. Most of these organisations are not being funded and they depend on internally generated funds which are obviously not enough”
He bemoaned the huge disparity in financing the public sector organizations. “some organizations like Bank of Ghana, Ghana Gas, SSNIT are heavily funded as against the likes of NCCE, Ghana Zoo board, Factory inspectorate among others. This renders some of these organizations extremely lucrative and others non functional”
Mr. Amon Kotei said this when he was speaking on the Anopa Busuo Morning Show on Green Fm as the world marks Public Service Day today.
When he was asked by the Host Kofi Asante to rate the performance of the public sector, Mr. Kotei rated the sector 35%.
“The United Nations Public Service Day is celebrated on June 23 of every year. The prestigious UN Public Service Awards are given away on this day. The UN Public Service Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution A/RES/57/277 of 2003, to “celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community”. The United Nations Economic and Social Council established that the United Nations Public Service Awards be bestowed on Public Service Day for contributions made to the cause of enhancing the role, prestige, and visibility of public service.
The day also marks the anniversary of the date when the International Labour Organization adopted the Convention on Labour Relations (Public Service), 1978 (No. 151). This Convention is a framework for determining working conditions of all civil servants across the world.”
Written by Evans Quaye