TUC Decries Frequent Dissolution Of Boards

The Trades Union Congress (TUC), has suggested a law to insulate boards of public institutions from Presidential interference, saying the frequent dissolution of boards is retrogressive.

“The practice of Presidents terminating the appointments of boards of public institutions as soon as a new government wins power, and leaving such institutions without boards for many months, cripples the operations of these organisations at the detriment of the economy,” it said.

KOFI  ASAMOAH   TUC  BOSSMr. Kofi Asamoah Secretary-General of the TUC made the consultative meeting between the leadership of the TUC and the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Winner-Takes-All (WTA) Advi-sory Committee at the TUC Headquarters in Accra on the Constitution review process.

According to him, “These boards ought to be protected by law since the nation loses a lot by way of inertia of public institutions during the intervening period because of the absence of boards”.

Mr. Asamoah noted that the TUC did not believe that the power to appoint boards of public institutions should be vested in the Presidency.

He called for an amendment to Article 195(1) of the Constitution which vested the power to appoint persons to hold office in the public service, in consultation with the governing council and the Public Services Commission.

“This clause of the constitution virtually establishes a system of political expediency and no real progress will be made in respect of the culture of winner-takes-all unless this clause is amended,” he said.

Mr. Asamoah explained that the current arrangement did not, in the real world of politics, ensure that only competent and independent persons with enterprising spirit were appointed to such positions.

He pointed out that amendment to the law should make the appointing process more transparent to involve other stakeholders who would subject the nominees to public vetting.

“The appointing authority should not be limited to the President alone, but should be made up of major independent public non-governmental organisations such as the TUC or Organised Labour, the Christian and Muslim Councils, the Ghana Bar Association, Association of Ghana Industries, and a Women’s group,” he said.

Mr. Asamoah added “we may have to be considering an appointment regime where, like the National Media Commission, in addition to institutional representation, the Commission, and not the President, appoints members to boards of State-owned media organisations”.

With regard to the ongoing constitution review process, the Secretary-General of the TUC urged the government to allow for more time to include other issues of national importance, which are dear to the heart of the entire citizenry.

Mr. Asamoah proposed reforms, needed by government to conduct more research as well as educating the public. By Edmund Mingle

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