The Ag. Chief Executive of Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Dr. Edward Kwapong has paid courtesy calls on some stakeholders of the Commission notably amongst Central Management Agencies, Security Services and Labour unions.
Central Management Agencies
Dr. Kwapong called on the Office of Head of Civil Service (OHCS) and Public Services Commission (PSC). At the Office of Head of Civil Service, he met with the Head of Service, Nana Agyekum Dwamena. The Head of Civil Service noted that there was the tendency for analogous institutions to demand for similar conditions though they may not be entitled to them. He encouraged the Ag. Chief Executive to be firm, decisive, and assured him of his unflinching support.
Dr. Kwapong also visited the Public Services Commission where he met with the Chairperson, Mrs. Bridget Katsriku together with Commissioner, Robertson Allotey and Vice Chairman, Dr. Lawrence A. Kannae. The parties confirmed that the Public Services Commission’s performance management instrument in the public service would serve as an input to FWSC for linking pay to productivity. There was therefore the need for both institutions to work collaboratively to ensure that there was a commensurate reward for performance within the public service. Mrs. Katsriku congratulated him on his appointment and assured him of the Commission’s full support.
Dr. Kwapong called on the National Security Secretariat, Ghana Prisons Service and the Ghana Police Service. At the National Security Secretariat, he met with the National Security Minister, Hon. Kan Dapaah and the National Security Coordinator, Mr. Joshua Kyeremeh. During the meetings, it was stressed that there was the need for both institutions to work proactively and conscientiously in order sustain stability and maintain peace and order within the country.
Dr. Kwapong also paid a courtesy call on the Inspector-General of the Ghana Police Service, David Asante-Apeatu. Also present at the meeting were members of the Police Management Board ;COP Frank Adu Poku, COP James Oppong Boanuh, , COP Patrick Akologo , COP Saaed and COP Tsidi. At the meeting, Dr. Kwapong was briefed on some challenges confronting the Ghana Police Service with regards to their emoluments particularly with their civilian staff. The Ag. Chief Executive said that an Advisory Group had been constituted to review the entire SSSS and assured the Police Service that their challenges would be given the needed attention. Both parties pledged to work collaboratively to ensure industrial harmony.
Dr. Kwapong also called on the Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service, Mr. Patrick Darko- Missah who highlighted some challenges confronting the Prisons Service. Also present at the meeting was Mr. Stephen Coffie, Director of Prisons, F&A, Mr. Kwame Kuma Kpeli, Director of Prisons/HRD, Mr. SKB Rabbles, Director of Prisons/Operations, Mrs. Josephine Fredua-Agyemang, Director of Prisons/Welfare, Mr. LKA Ansah, Director of Prisons/SVC & Tech among others. Mr. Darko-Missah urged the Ag. Chief Executive to consider adopting the Nigerian pay model for security agencies within the country.
Dr. Kwapong also met with the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Local Government Workers Union (LGWU). At the Trades Union Congress, he met with the Secretary-General, Dr. Yaw Baah. At the meeting, Dr. Yaw Baah gave his insights of the implementation of the SSSS, its challenges and suggested ways to improve upon the policy. Dr. Yaw Baah on behalf of Organized Labour pledged his support to the new Chief Executive and assured him that they were going to work collaboratively in order to sustain the SSPP and minimize agitations on the labour front.
The National leadership of LGWU also paid a courtesy call on the Ag. Chief Executive Fair Wages and Salaries Commission. At the meeting, the General Secretary of LGWU, Mr. Kenneth Daniels highlighted some key challenges that the union faced. He was optimistic that with the appointment of a new Chief Executive for FWSC, most of their concerns would be addressed. He assured the Chief Executive of the union’s full support.
The Ag. Chief Executive will continue to meet other major stakeholders of the Commission in the coming weeks.