09.04.2005 General News

Civil Servants deserve better treatment - Chief

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Accra, April 09, GNA - Nana Kwabena Angu II, the Apintohene of Wassa West District of the Western Region, on Saturday called on the government to recognize the role of civil and public servants in national development.

He urged the government to desist from the "piecemeal approach" towards improving the service conditions of civil servants and ensure that it tackled civil servants problems in a "realistic" manner. The Apintohene stated this in a commendation letter to Prof Daniel Mireku-Gyimah on his appointment as the Vice Chancellor of University of Mines at Tarkwa.

''Governments have, over the years, focused on the private sector, which it describes as the engine of growth, to the neglect of the civil and public services."

Nana Angu II argued that the civil and public service ''serves as wheel power to propel the engine to its preferred destination.'' He said it's most regrettable for officers in the ministries to use old typewriters and other equipments that have been discarded years ago.

''Poor or lack of logistics, bad working environment, unmotivated staffs, poor remunerations and deprivation of basic working tools have been the lot of the civil and public services.'' Nana Angu called for systematic upgrading of skills of officers, provision of logistics and other equipment to ensure that the civil and public servants deliver. 09 April 05

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