The Civil Service
The civil service, an integral part of the executive branch of
government, is a major component of the public services of Ghana,
which come under supervision of the Public Services Commission.
Ghana's civil service is organized along British lines and
constitutes one of the most enduring legacies of British colonial
rule. The 1992 constitution provides that the president, acting in
accordance with the advice of the Public Services Commission,
appoint a public officer to head the civil service.
The civil service is Ghana's single largest employer, and its
union is large and strong. It recruits graduates of Ghana's three
universities and other educational institutions through a system of
competitive examinations. Staffing of the civil and the public
services with competent personnel is the principal function of the
Public Services Commission, which serves as the government's
central personnel agency.
The Office of the Head of Civil Service includes a large team
of administrators, executive and management analysts, and other
technical experts. These officials supervise a hierarchy of graded
personnel working in such areas as health, agriculture,
transportation and communications, and local government. Working in
cooperation with them are other state bodies such as the
Chieftaincy Secretariat, Audit Service, Public Services Commission,
and the Ghana Cocoa Board. Since the launching in 1983 of the ERP,
an austere economic program that the NDC government of the Fourth
Republic continues to implement, the civil service has been cut
drastically. Despite the retrenchment, civil servants have not
engaged in organized protests or strikes, despite threats to do so.
Data as of November 1994