CLOGSAG express worry over the engagement of consultants over public works


The Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG) on Tuesday said it was pleased that consultants were taking over some main functions of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Mr. Issac Bampoe Addo, Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG said the phenomenon had put public sector workers at risk of identity theft adding that some consultants had passed workers’ confidential information to third parties, a situation that could be damaging to both the workers and government.

“Already, some of our members have suffered from identity theft as their details have been used to procure items from companies. There were also cases where they are being deducted for loans, they have no knowledge of,” he stated at a press conference in Accra to address some concerns of the association.

Mr Bampoe said the Association had informed various loans companies to stop sending SMS messages to public servants wooing them to access loans.

He said that in this instance, the association would not want anybody to think that the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CADG) was its target.

The CLOGSAG Executive Secretary said since they process payroll details; CAGD had processed payroll data for public services for long and their members never experienced this cyber harassment and noted that this new development was worrying.

He stated that these consultancies had taken on a permanent feature within the service instead of offering expert advice and direction within a limited period.

The level of confidential information placed in the hands of private consultants was unhealthy to the public servant and government.

CLOGSAG therefore appealed to the Auditor General to assess the dangers related to these practices and adopt measures to deal with it.

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