Mr Isaac Bampoe-Addo, the Executive Secretary, Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), has called on all members to embrace the Association’s constant pursuit for better conditions of service.
He said it was time for the constituents of CLOGSAG to realise that there was “no virtue to being hypocritical” in constantly requesting for what was legitimately due all Civil Servants.
The Executive Secretary was speaking at the 6th Annual General Conference of the Association of District Coordinating Directors in Kumasi on the theme: “Digitalisation: A critical tool for transforming MMDAs.”
Mr Bampoe-Addo said: “The time has come for us to act now or never to extricate ourselves from the poor conditions of service that has virtually enslaved us.”
CLOGSAG, last two months, embarked on three weeks nationwide indefinite strike over unpaid “neutrality” allowances.
The Executive Secretary said it was time effective service delivery by Civil Servants was seen and properly recognised by the nation and commended members of the Association for their contribution to national development.
He said revenue generation at the country’s stage of development was very crucial for local Assemblies, adding however that, there was need to hasten cautiously in the application of technology.
“We are all aware that property rates form a bulk of revenue of the Assemblies, and some of these property rates are low-hanging fruits. You virtually don’t need technology to collect those revenues – it is very easy to collect them anyway,” Mr Bampoe-Addo stressed and appealed to the Government, through the Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, to leave those “low-hanging revenues” to the Assemblies.
Touching on the theme, Mr Bampoe-Addo said the limitations of many on analogue were obvious because data and other documents could be lost through fire or floods and emphasised that focusing on digitization was a critical tool for transforming MMDAs.