General News of Wednesday, 27 December 2017
Policy think tank, IMANI Ghana has declared the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General as the least inspirational in a latest ranking.
The ranking was done with 45 Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the country.
In the report that was presented by IMANI Ghana, the National Youth Authority (NYA), the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC), the National Media Commission (NMC) and the National Sports Authority (NSA) were the other four institutions that ranked least inspirational.
The report, however, indicated that the Ministry of Communications, the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry, the Food and Agriculture Ministry and the Ministry of Finance came up as the most inspirational of the 45 MDAs that was evaluated.
The rankings, captured in a report tagged “Inspirational Public-Sector Leadership Awards” ranked 45 MDAs on five main pillars, namely Engagement, Transparency, Social Inclusion, Innovation and Management Effectiveness for the period between October 2016 to October 2017.
Lands and Natural Resources was declared as being the most transparent public institution in 2017, making it one of the two institutions that were acknowledged
The other was the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation which was also noted as the most socially inclusive public institution.
IMANI Ghana awarded the five inspirational MDAs for their hard work and urged them to do more in the coming years at an event organised in Accra.
Deputy Minister of Communications, George Andah who spoke on behalf of the Ministry noted that the recognition will spur them on to achieve greater feats in 2018 as it was testament of the good work the Ministry was doing
He urged his fellow awardees to be spurred on by the awards to help the government realize its objective of impacting the lives of Ghanaians in a positive way.
Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion were Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Frimpong Boateng, The CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Mr. Yofi Grant
Speaking at the ceremony, President of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe insisted that the report was to point out Ministries and Agencies that had met expectations and were delivering on their mandate to serve the public interest best
“While self-appraisal exercise by any government is noble, it seems we can make maximum use of external evaluations of our public institutions by civil society actors. After all, it is not the duty of members of civil society to be praising governments, so you can expect sincere feedback. However, at IMANI we have also learnt that often rare praise for befitting public-sector conduct can be inspiring and in this particular case, spur on the public reform effort,’ he added.