We need more human resources at the National Development Planning Commission – Chairman

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The Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) expressed concern over the lack of sufficient human staff to execute its goals and objectives.

Dr. Kodjo Esseim Mensah-Abrampa said the situation affects the Commission in carrying out its mandate.

In an exclusive interview with Benjamin Akakpo on the Morning show On Monday, he said that while his outfit requires more human capital, it faces challenges in public sector recruitment.

“The challenge we face, and I have to be frank with ourselves, has to do with the capacity of the NDPC itself. Although we have very good technicians here doing the job, we need more of them to be able to adapt to the kind of work we do.

“The coordination which was quite clumsy, actually a little weak, two years, three years ago, and we are tightening it up, because it is important to avoid duplication, to avoid redundancy, you have to tighten the coordination. And to do that, we needed expertise,” he said.

He also added that for a job in the public sector, “you have to go through the whole process; the technical clearance, the financial clearance and therefore the tightening of the budget affects us, in terms of clearance.

“So we are always challenged in some of these areas. One of them concerns the field of organization. We realized two years ago that we didn’t have an urban expert here who could tackle the issue of urbanization”.

Mensah-Abrampa disclosed that due to the lack of an urban expert in the Commission, the Commission had to rely on experts from the Planning and Land Use Authority and the staff of the local government authorities, at a time when the Commission was approaching the global global forum for urbanization.

This, he said, affected coordination and therefore called for resolving the issue.

The NDPC boss’s remarks come in the wake of recent tensions between civil servants and the government, over the latter’s non-payment of civil servants’ neutrality allowances.

The aggrieved civil servants therefore went on strike to express their dissatisfaction.

But members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) are due back to work today after calling off their three-way strike over the payment of the neutrality allowance.

CLOGSAG filed its tools on Thursday 21 April, following the government’s failure to pay the neutrality indemnity agreed in January this year.

The strike forced the work of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to halt.

Although Ghanaians critical workers for their decision to strike over such compensation, they insisted it was necessary.

However, the Association called off the three-week strike on Thursday May 12.

At a press conference on Thursday, CLOGSAG executive secretary Isaac Bampoe-Addo said the decision to withdraw from industrial action followed a decision by its National Executive Board after an agreement was reached. concluded with the government.

In the meantime, the government has stated that it will implement all Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreements with the Association. However, he dropped the controversial neutrality allowance.

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