Parliamentary Service asked to improve performance

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Edward Doe Adjaho, Speaker of ParliamentThe Clerk to Parliament, Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Anyimadu, has urged staff of the Parliamentary Service to work hard to achieve excellence  to improve performance. 

He said that though their work was very much appreciated, there was still room for improvement if we were to experience vast improvement in the performance of the service.

“We are grateful for your commitment, support and co-operation towards strengthening our resolve in achieving excellence in the Parliamentary Service, but a lot more needs to be done,"  he said.

Mr Anyimadu made the call in a speech read on his behalf during a ceremony to close a five-day workshop on performance improvement for 20 selected staff members of the Hansard Department at the Civil Service Training Centre in Accra.

The Hansard is the official report of the proceedings of Parliament. The Hansard Department of the Parliamentary Service, headed by an  the editor is, therefore, responsible for the production of  the Hansard.

Mr Anyimadu said the organisation of the training programme was strategic for the realisation of the overall performance improvement in the Hansard Department.

He indicated that capacity building was necessary to surmount the many challenges facing the service  as far as performance in the Parliamentary Service was conc

erned.

In his address, the Editor of Debates in Parliament, Alhaji Abu Dahamani Issakah,  said the workshop provided the participants with useful information to broaden their horizon.

He commended the Civil Service Training Institute for introducing such innovative modules and courses and effective facilitators who made brilliant presentations.

"It is my hope that this collaboration between the Parliamentary Service and the Civil Service Training Centre would continue as we endeavour to encourage, support and sustain the culture of continuous learning,"  he said.

Alhaji Abu charged staff of the Hansard Department to ensure effective time management and to develop and sustain a positive attitude to work to achieve the highest quality standards.

“Let us all remember that change starts with you. You can make a difference. This single and simple change you make today would have greater impact on your units, departments and service," he said and urged the participants to strive to make a positive change to better the lots of the Parliamentary Service.

The Principal of the Civil Service Training Centre, which facilitated the training, Mrs Dora Dei-Tumi, said the centre believed in the functional efficiency of both civil and public servants.

She said training should not end in the classroom and urged the participants to let the training they had gone through have a commensurate effect in their performance.

Mrs Dei-Tumi said even though the centre was originally set up solely to develop the capacities of civil servants, it had currently expanded its scope to cover officials of the public service.

In his closing address, the Chief Director of the Office of the Civil Service, Mr Alidu Fuseini, said the taking away of GIMPA, which was responsible for the training of the Civil Service, created a void which had been filled by the Civil Service Training Centre.

He indicated that the centre had been modelled for adult and skilled-based learning.

Mr Alidu called for a positive change in the attitude and work of both civil and public officials.

"Change is what we cannot avoid. If there is the need to change and you do not change, you will be left behind. Let us aspire to change and learn more to earn more," Mr Fuseini said.

Story: Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah