- CLOGSAG has rejected an assertion by President Akufo-Addo that public sector workers are lazy
- It says although there are definitely some bad nuts in the civil service, it was not enough to brand all civil servants as lazy
The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has denied President Nana Akufo-Addo’s assertion that the Ghanaian workers adopt a lazy approach to work.
The executive secretary for CLOGSAG, Dr Isaac Bampoe, told Accra-based Citi FM that the conduct of some public sector workers was undesirable.
However, he said, that should not be used as a basis to paint the whole service black.
“I am not saying we are 100 percent correct or we are doing everything right. Definitely one or two people will complain about the service and that should not be an issue. The fact that one or two people have complained about the service does not mean the whole service is that bad," he said.
Akufo-Addo, in his speech on the occasion of Workers Day, described some Ghanaian workers as "clock watchers', saying that the go to work late and constantly watch the clock until work closes and they go home.
"We have no respect for the hours set aside for work… we pray, we eat, we visit during working hours. We spend hours chatting on the telephone when customers are waiting to be served, thereby increasing our labour costs.
We take a week off for every funeral. And then we wonder why we are not competitive,” the president said.
The speech did not sit well with some members of the public, including Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, the founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).
Nduom told Accra-based Class FM that Akufo-Addo must stop complaining and work.
He said a leader must fix problems instead of constantly pointing them out.
Nduom said he would love to hear Akufo-Addo providing solutions to problems instead of lamenting about them.
This, according to him, is the reason why the president was elected. He said the president was elected because things are tough and that now that he is president, he must fix the problems.
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