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A  new National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS) 2018–2023, aimed at enhancing public service delivery to citizens and the private sector has been launched.


The new reform strategy became necessary due to the inability of past reform initiatives to fully achieve their intended objectives for  a number of reasons, including the supply-driven nature of reforms that were not informed by any comprehensive national public sector reform strategy.


Speaking at the launch in Accra on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted that when Ghana attained independence in 1957, an efficient public service, which was the envy of many in the sub-region, was bequeathed to the country and had, over the years, contributed its quota to the development and progress of the country.


In spite of its modest achievements, President Akufo-Addo said the Ghanaian people had, in recent years, expressed their dissatisfaction with the system of service delivery in the public service, citing absenteeism, lateness, incompetence or corruption.


He said the public sector was, today, no longer seen as competent enough to render the needed service to the satisfaction of Ghanaians and, particularly, the private sector.


He noted that despite the efforts of successive governments to introduce various public sector reforms, including diverse and structural systematic projects and programmes, geared towards improving the public sector, not much had been achieved.


In other words, the President said, the required performance targets expected of public service delivery had still not been attained.


To that effect, he said, his administration had, therefore, begun the process that, hopefully, would lead to the creation of a new and fit-for-purpose public service which would help guarantee the delivery of high quality service for the Ghanaian people and the private sector, and help create the conditions necessary for the private sector to thrive and create employment opportunities for the youth, all within the context of our overall vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid.


President Akufo-Addo said the major goal of the Reform was to strengthen the human resource capacity of the public sector to improve its delivery which, he said, meant that government would offer public sector training to resource and help develop the requisite skills and knowledge needed for the effective delivery of modern services.


The process, the President noted, would also enhance the ethical foundation of the public sector as well as introduce change management initiatives to deal with apathy, resistance and reform fatigue, which had been the bane of previous attempts at reform.


He said the reform strategy would pursue opportunities for upgrading office space and provide the necessary tools and equipment to improve the work environment within the Service, adding that a central assets and inventory check system to take stock of all physical assets in the public service would be established and a culture of maintenance of public assets and property revived and adhered to.


President Akufo-Addo said the reforms would help realize the country's vision of a self-reliant and prosperous Ghana, and serve as the impetus for the country to chart a new path of growth and development in freedom, which would deliver a dignified and prosperous life to the Ghanaian people.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yebaoh)