Professor Stephen Adei, a former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has lashed out at the ‘neutrality allowance’ demand by the civil servants, saying “it is the most stupid thing I have ever heard”.
The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has directed its members to down their tools to push for the payment of this allowance to compensate for staying politically neutral, as long as they remained in the service.
Prof Adei, who is notorious for his straight talk, however, finds what the civil servants are asking for as nauseating.
“It makes me sick.” He says the association should rather be asking for a pay rise. Prof Adei is not the only person mad at the ‘neutrality allowance’.
A former United Nations (UN) Senior Governance Advisor, Prof Baffour Agyemang-Duah, also describes the allowance as absurd and a ridiculous proposal.
“You take a job and every job has its code of conduct or what we call code of ethics and you sign and go in, you do not turn around and demand something that the code of conduct has clearly laid out.
If civil servants are asking for an allowance just because they are made to be neutral in politics, it will be the most ridiculous demand I have ever heard.”
A labor expert, Yiadom Boakye Ansah, does not see the allowance demanded by the civil servants as a smart move.
He says they should instead have pressed for a better pay package that would make things better for them when they go on retirement.
The discussion should move to a consolidated type of salary from the split salary with several allowances.
Isaac Bampoe Addo, Executive Secretary of the Local Government Staff Association, has however, defended the allowance and told those not on the same page with them “to go and sleep”.
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