The Public Sector Commission under the office of the Senior Minister has organized a mini sensitization launch of the National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS) 2018-2023 in the Eastern Region. The five year reform strategy which has its theme: “Delivering for Citizens and Private Sector”, aim at empowering Public Institutions to deliver efficient and effective service to support the citizenry and the private sector for sustained national development.
In his welcome address, the Honourable Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfour emphasized on the importance of the efforts which has to be made to position the public sector for an effective and efficient service delivery machinery to meet the huge expectations and investments made by the private sector. He called for the overhaul and retooling of the public sector to ensure a sustainable development of the country.
Highlighting some of the bad attitude of the public sector, Hon Kwakye Darfour said poor performance, poor time management, poor documentation and reporting, indiscipline, absenteeism and lateness need to be curtailed if we want to see the development that we desire for our country, Ghana.
Speaking on behalf of the Senior Minister, Hon. Ing. Yaw Osafo Marfo, the Chief Executive Officer of Public Sector Reform Mr. Kusi Boafo said NPSRS 2018-2023 has the work plan of developing the capacity of public sector managerial and technical staff, improve the responsiveness of service delivery to benefit citizens and private sector and Introduce innovations, modern tools and equipment for performance improvement.
Mr. Boafo said the public sector must work hard to create the conditions necessary for the private sector to thrive thereby creating job opportunities for the youth. Looking at the current wage bill of the government, it will be very difficult for any government to provide the needed infrastructure such as schools, roads, hospital etc within expected period of time. It is unreasonable to spend the huge percentage of about 80% of the country tax revenue to pay public sector workers while only 20% go to infrastructure. We cannot continue like that , we must leave the employment to private sector, he stressed.
In a brief statement made by Mrs Lucy Tinkorang, Vice President, Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Volta Eastern expressed the readiness of the private sector to support His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo to build a Ghana beyond aid and explained further that this cannot be realised if the public sector remains inefficient. She said the public sector should see the private sector as ally in development adding that a vibrant private sector and efficient public sector will lead to steady pace of development.
Stakeholders at the launch were Regional Minister, Directors from the Office of the Senior Minister, Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Municipal and Districts Chief Executives from both Eastern and Volta region, Regional Heads of Institutions, Religious bodies, Private business Investors, Educationists, Media etc.