The Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOSAG) has awarded some 12 distinguished and dedicated staff of the association for their outstanding performance and good ethics throughout their service.

The ceremony is the 2nd edition of Nathan Anang Quao annual awards slated for the year on the theme: “ Enhancing Political Neutrality In Civil And Local Government Services- The Role of the Politician.”

Addressing participants, the President of CLOSAG, DR. Evans Dzikum lauded the initiative because it serves as an incentive and motivation for employees in the public sector to be professional, hard working with integrity and as well aspire for excellence.

“ it is in this connection that CLOSAG, in partnership with the Heads of Civil and Local Government services identified a number of distinguished and dedicated staff for the year’s annual awards,” he said.

He expressed his appreciation and gratefulness to the Chief of Staff for facilitating such programme, the Planning Committee, awardees and all other staff who contributed towards the success of the programme.

Both Heads of Civil and Local Government services, Nana Agyekum Dwemena and Dr. Nana A to Arthur in their solidarity messages acknowledged the efforts of the organizers for recognizing the good and well mannered staff and ensure they are rewarded accordingly.

Dr. Arthur urged politicians to create conducive workplace environment for CLOSAG staff that would enable them to faithfully adhere to the principles of political neutrality, anonymity and impartiality during performing their obligations.

He said such congenial atmosphere, advantageously, minimizes the inherent mistrust and suspicions that characterizes the working relationship which exist between Politicians and Public servants.

Nana Dwemena, in referring to the theme, indicated that, the neutrality in the service could be maintained with the support of political leadership but said, “it requires experts and qualified officers to provide the necessary guidance for formulation and implementation of policies for decision making.”

“ to be effective, the Civil servant, no matter the level of operation, requires some expectations of efficiency, discretion, loyalty and public trust,” he noted.

He also called on the political leadership to accept Civil service staff as professionals to support in delivering on government’s agenda.

“Politicians have critical roles to play if the principle of neutrality is to work. Their acceptance of the principle will strengthen the Civil Service staff’s allegiance to the state and enhance the quality of service delivery based on competence and merits,” he added.

The awardees were presented with citations, 55 inches television sets and undisclosed amount of money.
They include; Mr. Felix Kwesi Edwin
Mr. Edward Boamah
Mrs. Dinah Darkuwaa Boateng
Ms. Cecilia Erzuah
Mr. S.Y.M. Zuna
Ms. Ayisha Osman
Mrs. Audrey Amoah
Mr. Raymond Boakson Kwadjo Seworh
Mr. Thomas Addoquaye Allotey and
Alhaji Alhasaan Issahaku.

Also, Special awards were presented to the two most distinguished staff of the association. They include; Mrs. Bridget Jubilee Katsriku and Nana Rex Owusu-Ansah.

Source: Eric Nii Sackey

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