The Greater Accra regional branch of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has petitioned its national executives to organize a nationwide demonstrations if government does not address their concerns about the Special Assistants (PAs) who have taken over jobs of legitimately employed civil servants.
The petition follows a two week ultimatum by the CLOGSAG President, Dr Isaac Bampoe at a news conference during which he demanded the immediate recall of all members asked to proceed on forced leave.
Addressing a durbar in Accra on Thursday, May 17 2018, the Greater Accra regional Secretary of CLOGSAG, Samuel Nii Klotey Collison reiterated the need to differentiate the roles of Special Assistants at the finance Ministry.
He stressed the activities of the special assistants have become a problem to them, saying “interestingly these special assistants are placed at the helm of affairs and perform functions as bosses over even directors in the service.”
Mr Collison reiterated that they are not against the special assistants helping the ministers but what they are seeking is for the “ministers to give the necessary room for serving officers to operate efficiently.”
CLOGSAG President, Dr Isaac Bampoe who received the petition assured members it will be given the deserved attention.
The Minority in Parliament earlier this month condemned the practice and demanded investigations into the matter.
Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson, said credible sources had it that the figure put out by the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana, CLOGSAG was far more, alleging that those engaged had been put on the pay roll of the Ghana Revenue Authority.
The former deputy Finance Minister, Cassiel Ato Forson, who spoke to XYZ News‘ Kofi Oppong Asamoah, claimed his checks at the Ministry indicated that Chief Directors trained with the tax payer’s money and with over 20 years of experience, were reporting directly to the Special Assistants.
“Seriously speaking,I am surprised and really shocked that the Minister of Finance will do such a thing.The Ministry of Finance is a specialist and a central management agency. For an outsider who is not part of the Civil Service structure to come and head the general administration of the Ministry of Finance is unheard of,” he said.
He said the issue was an abomination because the head of audit at the ministry had been replaced with a Personal Assistant (PA) contrary to the law.
“It is abomination in the sense that the internal auditor is supposed to work as an independent body in a way that he or she can caution the minister independently and if the minister fails he has a channel of reporting the minister,” he added.
The Minister of Finance, Ken ofori-Atta, whose ministry has been pointed as having high number of PAs replacing civil servants, has not commented on the matter.