The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has called for the immediate termination of the appointment of the Western North Regional Minister, Mr Richard Ebbah Obeng.
CLOGSAG is calling on the President to immediately terminate the Regional Minister’s appointment for interfering in the work of the Local Government Service.
Dr Isaac Bampoe Addo, Executive Secretary, CLOGSAG, at a press briefing, on Tuesday, in Accra said failure to do this by Friday, November 26, the Association would be compelled to convene an emergency national executive council meeting to pave way for further action.
He said the Regional Minister had been meddling in the day to day activities of the Office of the Head of Local Government Service, which was a clear indication of political harassment and should not be exhibited in the current democratic dispensation.
The Executive Secretary said Mr Obeng had 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 have been posted to the Regional Minister.”
Dr Addo said CLOGSAG was totally appalled by the stance of the Regional Minister. Evidence available also shows that he posted two Assistant Directors of the Local Government Service in contravention of existing procedure for postings.
He noted that “it is worthy to note that the Supreme Court ruling on Neutrality emphasizes the importance that “no civil servant must owe, or be seen to owe, appointment or promotion to partisan activities since visible partisanship by civil servants would severely impair, if not destroy, the public perception of neutrality”.
“The Association had earlier advised the Regional Minister to rescind his decision but to no avail so we are calling on the President to terminate his appointment for interfering in the work of the Service, because some staff of the Service have had their appointments terminated for contravening the Supreme Court ruling on Neutrality on partisan activities.”
Dr Addo also called on staff of the Regional Coordinating Council of Western North Region to disregard any unlawful instructions from the Regional Minister