New public sector reforms will deliver quality services to citizens– Akufo-Addo 

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The success of the private sector to boost the economy of every country and for that matter, Ghana hinges on the effectiveness and efficiency of her public sector.

Ghana’s public sector reforms date back to the late 60s, when state enterprises like GIHOC amongst others were put up through to the introduction of Program of Action to Mitigate the Social Costs of Adjustment (PAMSCAD) in the 80s, Civil Service Reform Programme (CSRP), 1987-1993.

Others are National Institutional Renewal Programme (NIRP), 1998-2004 and between 2005 and 2008, the Ministry of Public Sector Reform (MPSR) was established to facilitate and coordinate public sector reforms. It later became Public Sector Reform Secretariat (PSRS) at the Presidency from 2009 to 2016.

The erstwhile Mahama Administration also introduced a system to bring all government vehicles under one identification umbrella for easy identification and to arbitrary use of fleet of cars for private gains. However, the success of these reforms could not reach their peak, President Akufo Addo noted.

And in view of this, he initiated the planning and implementation of a National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS) to change the face of the public sector service delivery spanning from 2018 – 2023.

Delivering the Keynote Address at the launch of the National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS), the President assured that his government is committed to seeing this reform deliver quality services to citizens and the private sector.

“…but hopefully we need the creation of a new public service that is fit for purpose which will help guarantee the delivery of high-quality service…”.

This will be done through periodic monitoring and review and would subsequently help build the private sector to achieve the aim of Ghana beyond aid.

The NPSRS focuses on developing the implementation capacity of public sector managerial and technical staff, improving responsiveness, quality and adaptability in both qualitative and quantitative service delivery.

The President submitted that the reform will employ ICT to provide excellent service delivery to the populace. All agencies through the reform are to integrate the paperless system.
“We will also focus on high-level activities in the transforming and mainstreaming ICT to government agencies,” he noted.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo also called on the Various MMDAs to collaborate and take advantage of it to help achieve Government developmental projects. He reiterated that the reform Strategy will not face the challenges previous initiatives encountered.

Ghana | |Patrick Ofoe Nudzi