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UERCC to crack whip on gov’t workers who live in Bolgatanga and commute to other districts to work

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The Upper East Regional Coordinating Council (UERCC) has warned that Local Government Service (LGS) staff who live in Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional Capital and commute to other districts for work could be dealt with in the coming days. They have been warned that their salaries could be withheld or slashed.

This means that all workers, particularly those within the LGS would have to relocate and reside within the various Municipalities and Districts they have been designated to work in.

The move forms part of the UERCC’s strategies to enhance the performance of LGS staff and drive the development of the region.

It would be recalled that in 2020, the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, led by Azonko Mahamadu Assibi placed 10 out of 16 on the 2020 Performance Evaluation Report of RCCs and MMDAs. The UERCC placed 10th with a raw score of 70.55.

Speaking to A1 Radio’s Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith, the Chief Director at the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, Alhaji Abubakar Inusah explained that it had become necessary for such moves to be employed to correct many negative indicators in the region.

“We’ll be checking attendance and punctuality to work. Not necessarily Local Government Service (LGS) staff but even Ghana Health Service staff, and teachers, the majority of them do not go to work. Most of them also stay within the regional capital and commute. He gets to work very late, [at] 10am and by 2pm he is going back.”

“Others do not even go at all,” he said.

Alhaji Inusah continued to say, “attendance and punctuality must be strictly adhered to and that salaries of staff would be based on attendance.”

He said excuses that some communities within certain districts do not have electricity, potable water and good roads and as such, staff cannot live within them are not tenable.

“They [the excuses] are not tenable. You knew that these were the conditions and you accepted the appointment. Are they not Ghanaians living there? They are Ghanaians living there and you are paid by their taxes. You have agreed to work. You can’t say there’s no network, there’s no accommodation. Are they animals living in those communities,” he said.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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