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Most MDAs don’t have organizational manuals – Head of Civil Service

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BusinessesMr Woeli K. Kemevor, Head of Civil Service, has bemoaned the quality of work of civil servants saying this had often led to Ministers hiring private consultants to do the work of employees.

He said this at a maiden meeting of Directors of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on December 13, 2012, in Accra.

This was contained in a press release signed by Mr Ebenezer Owusu-Ansah, Public Relations Officer at the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS) on Monday, copied to the Ghana News agency.

Mr Kemevor said most often officers of the Civil Service were late to work and departed early from work.

He complained of the inability of officers to be analytical in adding value to their assigned duties.

Mr Kemevor said that most MDAs were guilty of not having organizational manuals that defined clear-cut responsibilities to directorates; which often led to problems of indecision and low productivity.

He urged directors of MDAs to engage the services of the Management Service Division of the OHCS to design organizational manuals for them and to expedite action on the presentation of their respective handing over notes that would facilitate a smooth transition of power to the new political leadership.

During an open forum, it was noted that training and refresher courses should be organized on a regular basis as a remedy to the issue of poor delivery of quality work by civil servants.

Directors also complained of a shortage of middle level staff which they held puts undue pressure on them.

On the issue of appraisal of staff at the various MDAs, the directors said the appraisal system, as it exists presently, was tied to promotion and advised that it should be designed to identify the weaknesses of the staff so as to improve on their work delivery.

Alhaji Alidu Fuseini, Acting Director of OHCS, in a welcome address, said the meeting should be considered as a family gathering of senior officers who should think alike even though some may have different persuasions.

“I hope that the meeting would yield positive results and build a much more formidable service,” he said.

The directors were made to swear an oath of Office, Allegiance, and Secrecy.

The meeting would be institutionalized to become part of the working calendar of the OHCS.

Source: GNA

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