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21.06.2004 General News

Civil Service week launched

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Accra, June 21, GNA - Dr Alex Glover-Quartey, Head of the Civil Service, on Monday said he had his reservation towards the restoration of the CAP 30, Pension Scheme to Civil Servants. He said as much as he appreciated the position of the Civil Servant Association, he had problem with the insistence on its restoration. He said instead of fighting for CAP 30 it would be prudent to ask for the enhancement of the SSNIT Pension Scheme and pension computations.

Dr Glover-Quartey was speaking at the Launch of the 10th Africa Day of Administration and Civil Service Week.

He said a mechanism would be put in place to empower women in the Civil Service to get quicker promotion and to attain the highest levels in the Service.

Courses and seminars would be organised for female Civil Servants to equip them with the knowledge and skills that would facilitate their upgrading.

He charged members of the Service to change their attitude towards work to transform the Civil Service into an efficient, cost effective and customer oriented organisation.

"My intention is to make a policy for women in the service to get quicker promotion and attain the highest levels so that by the year 2015, at least 40 per cent of the positions of Chief Directors, Directors and Heads of Department in the Civil Service will be occupied by women"

Dr Glover-Quartey called on women to take up the challenge and prove that they were as good, if not better than men.

He stated that the Civil Service had embarked on service-wide training programmes, which was expected to cover all levels of staff including both senior and middle management staff in areas of strategic planning, customer care and performance management.

More than 600 officers had benefited from these training programmes, he said, adding that 117 secretaries and typists had also been upgraded in English language and grammar.

Dr Glover-Quartey said the second phase of training programme was scheduled for September and entreated Departments and Agencies to ensure that all persons in the Secretarial class were sponsored for the programme.

On enhanced remuneration and improved condition of service, Dr. Glover Quartey entreated Government to invest in the Civil Service since the returns on that investment could be very high. He said the Public Service Review Committee had concluded its work on pay policy reform programmes that would enhance salaries of Civil Servants.

The week is being celebrated on the theme: "Public Service Capacity Building for African Renaissance." It was instituted by the United Nations aimed at highlighting the activities of the Civil Service.

Some of the activities of the celebration include medical check ups, voluntary counselling and testing for HIV/AIDS and lectures for Civil Servants.