A new government regulation under the Civil Service in Ghana will allow the sacking of civil servants and public sector employees who fail their promotion interview for three consecutive times.
The law regulation has been in force since August 27, 2020 when the Civil Service Council accented to the new regime.
The Council by consensus has thus approved Section 22.214.171.124 of the Public Services Commission Human Resources Management Policy Framework and Manual for the Ghana Public Services to update the law that states:
“A candidate who fails a promotion interview for two (2) consecutive times shall remain at that candidate’s position for another two years within which the candidate will be put on a Performance Improvement Programme (PIP) before re-applying for consideration for promotion if vacancies are declared. Where a candidate fails an interview for the third time, the appointment of the candidate shall be terminated,” a portion of the new regulation read.
A circular issued by the Head of the Civil Service to all Chief Directors, Heads of Department said Ministries and Departments are expected to submit annual progress reports on the Performance Improvement Programmes of affected Officers prior to the next interview.
Wuntumi Is Most Foul-Mouthed Politician-Report
The Ashanti Regional Chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako, alias “Chairman Wuntumi” has been crowned as the most abusive and foul-mouthed politician on radio and television.
Wuntumi’s new rating is consistent with that of his political party, which was also adjudged the party with the highest occurrence of indecent expressions for August.
The survey was conducted by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), which pinpointed Wontumi’s radio station, Wuntumi Radio in Kumasi as the conduit for this insults and barbaric behaviour.
“The August edition of the Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) Language monitoring on radio has cited the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, as the most abusive individual on radio.”
“The NPP and Kumasi-based Wontumi Radio recorded the highest incidents of indecent expressions. Over the monitoring period (August 1-31), a total of 1,019 radio programmes were monitored on 15 selected radio stations across the country. The programmes included news bulletins, and political/current affairs discussions aired on the 15 radio stations”, the 14-page report added.
Other personalities who followed Chairman Wontumi are the Member of Parliament for Assin Central and owner of Ken City Media, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong (Hon.) and the host of Power FM’s Inside Politics, Mugabe Maase.
According to MFWA, a total of 99 indecent expressions were recorded by 34 individuals.
The 99 indecent expressions consist of insulting and offensive comments, unsubstantiated allegations, threats, provocative remarks, expressions or comments promoting divisiveness.
The project of the MFWA is dubbed the “Promoting Decent Language and Issues-based Campaigning for Peaceful Elections in Ghana in 2020” is aimed at contributing to peaceful elections through issues-based campaigning devoid of hate speech and indecent expressions that could heighten tension and feed into election-related violence.
In the breakdown, the NPP recorded 50 indecent expressions, followed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) with 9, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) with 3 and the Ghana Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) clocked 2.
Madam Akua Donkor’s Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) and Percival Kofi Akpaloo’s Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) recorded 1 indecent expression each.
12 out of the 15 radio stations monitored recorded indecent expressions.
Kumasi-based Wontumi Radio recorded 34 indecent expressions on its morning show.
Pro-NPP Oman FM recorded 28 indecent expressions on two of its major programmes being Boiling Point (24) and National Agenda 4.
The National Media Commission (NMC), Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) have equally been encouraged to use these findings and subsequent ones to inform remedial actions and processes.