Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has said his Administration in his second term government will consider an increment of the salary of public sector workers even though the country has been hit hard by the pandemic.
Nana Akufo-Addo assurance comes after the Technical Adviser at the Finance Ministry Dr Samuel Nii Noi Ashong disclosed the government for the next four years will not increase the salary of public sector workers.
He at a discussion on the 2021 budget organised by the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) indicated the covid-19 pandemic has worsened Ghana’s economy, hence no room for a huge salary.
“If you look at the budget, COVID-19 is not expected to abate until the end of 2023 and we’re all looking to be tightening our belts for a while and people should not be expecting huge wage increases in the course of the next few years. This is because we don’t have money to pay for it,” Dr Ashong stated.
But, His Excellency Akufo-Addo speaking at the 11th quadrennial delegates’ congress of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region noted public sector workers salary increment has not been frozen till 2024.
“Let me reiterate: the salary increment for public sector workers has not been frozen for the next four years,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
He however noted, that “the truth of the matter is that we are not in normal times and I appeal to all Ghanaians, including organised labour, to assist the government in this endeavour to have to rebuild our public finances and economy”.
Nana Akufo-Addo added that “We need to mobilise additional resources to cater to the new challenges confronting us while meeting other statutory requirements”.
“I, therefore, urge all Ghanaian workers, to bear with the government in these unusual and rather challenging times. I’m confident that sooner, rather than later, and together we can create the happy, progressive and prosperous nation we all desire”, he appealed to the good people of Ghana.