CLOGSAG accuses Minister of interference

BY: Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson and Abigail Sedinam Kortiah
Dr Isaac Bampoe Addo, Executive Secretary of CLOSAG, addressing the press conference
Dr Isaac Bampoe Addo, Executive Secretary of CLOSAG, addressing the press conference

The Civil and Local Government Staff Association (CLOGSAG) has expressed concern about what it describes as interference in the work of the Local Government Service by the Western North Regional Minister, Mr Richard Ebbah Obeng.

At a press conference in Accra yesterday, the Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, Dr Isaac Bampoe Addo, accused Mr Obeng of posting two workers of the local government service out of the the Western North Regional Coordinating Council “in contravention of existing procedure for posting.”

Neutrality

Dr Addo said the 1992 constitution barred civil and local government servants from engaging in partisan politics in order to maintain the neutrality of the service

That, he said, had been upheld by the Supreme Court in a 2017 decision in the case of CLOGSAG v A-G.

In that case, the apex court held that “no civil servant must owe, or be seen to owe, appointment or promotion to partisan activities since visible partisanship by civil servants and would severely impair, if not destroy, public perception of neutrality”.

Dr Addo explained that the neutrality of the civil and local service meant that politicians had no right to meddle or interfere in the promotion, posting or any other issue relating to civil or local government servants.

He said it was for such reasons that the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service and that of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service were in existence to insulate civil and local government servants from politicians.

“Mr Richard Ebbah Obeng has erroneously arrogated to himself the power to post officers of the Local Government Service.

He has also directed his personal assistant to lock up the office of one of the two officers who had been posted by the Regional Minister,” he added.

According to him, recently, three workers of the Local Government Service have been dismissed for engaging in partisan politics, and therefore it was also proper for President Akufo-Addo to sack Mr Obeng for meddling in the work of the Local Government Service.

"If civil servants have had their appointments terminated for involving in partisan politics, why should the Minister’s appointment not be terminated for engaging in Civil service activities.

So, for fairness, his appointment should be terminated immediately" he said.

Action

Dr Bampoe Addo therefore, called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to terminate the appointment of the Regional Minister for the said interfernce

The Association has also given the Regional Minister up to Friday, November 26 to rescind the decision to post the two workers.

“CLOGSAG wishes to serve notice that, if by Friday, 26th November, 2021 the postings have not been reversed, the association would be compelled to convene an Emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting to pave way for further action,” Dr Addo said

Efforts by the Daily Graphic to get Mr Obeng to respond to the allegations proved futile as phone calls and messages sent to him were unanswered.