Ghana’s Public Sector to be more efficient

By
Mildred Siabi-Mensah/ Joseph Wiyorbie, GNA

Takoradi, Oct. 4, GNA – Ghana’s public sector
has over the years suffered incompetence, absenteeism, corruption and lateness
coupled with unsatisfactory service delivery against the robust public sector
inherited after independence.

Mr Thomas Kusi Boafo, the Chief Executive of
the Public Sector Reforms said  this at a
day’s mini sensitization launch in Takoradi, under the theme “delivering
for Citizens and Private Sector”.

According to him the public sector has
seemingly lost out on trust in the heart and minds of many Ghanaians who have
witnessed one poor service delivery, bribery to get a job done or wanton
disrespect in terms of client relationship in the services sector.

He noted that despite efforts by successive
governments to improve  upon  performance much had not been achieved and it
was believed that the adoption of the National Public Sector Reforms Strategy
for 2018 to 2023 would help do some magic for the public sector in ensuring
efficiency.

“Primarily, efficiency and performance
improvement come about when there are requisite resources in terms of labour
and machinery are provided to serve as motivation and appetite in any workplace
environment where the workers are willing and sometimes overly give of their
best to the benefits and profit of the enterprise be it state or private”.

Mr Boafo said the government has begun the
process that would lead to the creation of a new public sector that was fit for
purpose and would help guarantee quality service delivery.

He explained that the reforms would look at
systems, structures, processes and internal management functions with a view to
modernizing them to meet state priorities, create the necessary conditions for
the private sector to thrive and create employment opportunities as the county prepare
beyond Aid. 

Mr Boafo said another major goal of the
reforms was to strengthen human resource capacity and ensure a strong
regulatory framework to define and shape the nature of work and service
delivery to the citizenry and the private sector.

“The underlying principles for the
reforms include prioritization, integration, sustainability and integrity,
transparency and accountability”.

The CEO said cultivating a new direction of
purpose in the public sector, building capacity and processes, applying the
change theory would help to improve upon service delivery and contribute to
sustained national development.

He mentioned modernized and improved working
conditions; capable and disciplined workforce, robust regulatory framework,
citizen and private sector focused public sector, robust local governance
structure and a digitized public sector devices and systems as the six pillars
for the reforms.

Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi, the Deputy Western
Regional Minster said it was welcome news because a reformed public sector
would help to overcome the problems bedevilling the public sector including
poor coordination, ineptitude, weak institutional and human capacity and
corruption.

GNA

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