Foh-Amoaning: Legislation needed to regulate govt machinery staff

Mr Foh-AmoaningSenior law lecturer at the Ghana School of Law, Moses Foh-Amoaning has advocated a legislation that clearly spells out the maximum and minimum number of workers needed at the Jubilee House for every government.

President Akufo-Addo in compliance with Section 11 of the Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463), which requires the President to submit annually to Parliament, a report on the staffing position of the Office of the President, submitted a list of 998 people containing names of all workers at the Jubilee House.
The list was met with mixed reactions from the public, majority of Ghanaians expressing worry over the implications of the figure on the public purse.

Mr. Foh-Amoaning said the efficiency of persons and their relationship with the Executive and Legislative arms of government should be the focus of discussions.
He reiterated the need for a legal framework to help draw a line between the minimum and the maximum number of people needed at the Jubilee House.

“It is time that from a very broad perspective we look at a law that regulates the number of people that the government coming in can take.
“I am all for taking a more comprehensive look at the government machinery than numbers, the positions, their relationship with the executive, the legislature, their accountability and to the legislative arm of government.
“I think that should all be ironed out so that we all know going forward, the lower limit and the upper limit so we wouldn’t be shouting anymore,” he intimated.
Mr. Foh-Amoaning suggested that since the President has said he is in a hurry to fulfill most of his campaign promises, it would have been efficacious if the workers were recruited based on competence instead of numbers.

“In terms of the efficiency, if the numbers had been churned out properly and demarcated, civil servants who the government inherited and the new ones that they had added and the reason why they had added those numbers would have made a lot of sense in terms of efficiency.
“It is obvious that this government wants to develop the country at a quicker pace since the President has said he does not have too much time because there are many projects that are being done.
“Increase in numbers could be based on the fact that most of the civil servants inherited by the government were politically attached to the previous government,” Mr. Foh-Amoaning stressed. –

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