Monday, 22 January 2018

No lay-offs as a result of Public Sector Reforms – Minister

From Adwoa Okyere DARKO, Kumasi
Government has assured public sector workers that there will be no job losses during the implementation of the Public Sector Reforms programme.

The programme, to be implemented in phases over a 10-year period after a Cabinet approval, will seek to address the myriad of challenges undermining optimal performance of the public sector, to stimulate private sector and, ultimately, national growth.
The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, gave the assurance in an interview with GBC in Kumasi on the fringes of a day's Stakeholders' Validation Workshop on the Draft National Public Sector Reform Strategy.
The workshop in Kumasi, which was a sequel to an earlier one in Accra, was meant for the participants, who represented wider interest parties, particularly in the private sector from the northern sector of Ghana, to make an input into the draft Public Sector Reforms Strategy Document.
The document was drafted after a broader consultation of identifiable interest groups by the government.
The document was drafted after government received the consent of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to continue with the reforms, which had already been endorsed by the fund and approved by the Cabinet of the previous government.
Participants of the Kumasi Stakeholders' Validation Workshop were made up of various stakeholders, mainly from the private sector in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions.
They were taken through key aspects of the Public Sector Reforms Strategy Draft Document by selected resource persons.
These topics included Rotational Arrangements of the NPSRS, Strategic Goals and Priorities of the NPSRS, and Monitoring and Evaluation Arrangements of the NPSRS.
In a remark, a local governance expert, Dr Oduro Osae, emphasised the need to reform the public sector for optimal performance.
The Chief Executive Officer of Public Sector Reforms, Kusi Boafo, said that the intended reforms in the public sector are very crucial to stimulate the private sector to propel the national economic development agenda.
Speaking to the media later, the Senior Minister, Osafo-Maafo, insisted that the reforms are intended for national good.
He dispelled any fears that the planned Public Sector Reforms are meant to downsize the sector to manage government's wage bill.

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