The 2015 National Civil Service Day has been observed in Accra with a call on public servants and institutions to enhance service delivery through the use of Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
A Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs. Mona Quartey, who made the call at a forum yesterday, urged the service to use PPP to attract more funding and expertise to promote national development, especially in the provision of infrastructure.
The forum on the theme: “Leveraging PPPs for accelerated national development: The role of the Ghana Civil Service”, brought together representatives from government, ministries, departments and institutions to discuss ways of promoting PPP to help close the infrastructural gap in the country.
Mrs. Quartey described PPP as “a contractual arrangement between a public entity and a private sector party, with clear agreement on shared objectives for the provision of public infrastructural and services traditionally provided by the public sector”.
She said the country needed a 1.5 billion dollar annual budget allocation, over the next decade, to be able to address its infrastructural deficit which, she said, had become a burden on government.
“Studies have shown that government requires an average of 307 million dollars annually in order to provide the needed infrastructure in the transport sector while water and sanitation will need 435 million dollars. The power sector will also require 1.255 billion dollars to give the power needed for accelerated development,” she said.
According to her, the Ghana Civil Service (GCS), could support government in addressing such challenges by embracing the concept of PPP and taking on the responsibility to educate the general public and private sector in actualising the concept.
She said the Ministry of Finance, through the World Bank, was institutionalising PPP by way of supporting MDAs and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to establish units purposely for PPP implementation adding, “it is my hope that the MDAs and MMDAs will be supportive and cooperative in effectively operationalising these units”.
The Minister of State in charge of Public-Private Sector, Dr. Abdul Rashid Hassan Pelpuo, urged the GCS to also consider the needs of vulnerable groups in society when negotiating projects, programmes and facilities under the PPP arrangements.
He said the Civil Service had the responsibility to ensure that the needs of the aged, youth, children and women as well as the disabled were factored into any development strategy.
Dr. Pelpuo said it was inappropriate for some government officials to count their success and achievements or boast of doing well but at the same time refer to civil servants as under-performing. “I do agree that there are some bad nuts in the service, but also I know of hardworking and dedicated civil servants in the system”.
The Head of GCS, Nana Agyekum Dwamena, urged chief directors and heads of institutions to develop a strong interest in the PPP concept and use it as means to enhance service delivery.
By Charles Amankwa and