The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress has been sworn in with others to form the Parliamentary Service Board.
The brief ceremony took place today, Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Bagbin says a significant number of the Parliamentary Service staff earn salary every month for doing nothing.
According to him, the situation has persisted because of lack of monitoring and supervising by managers of various units in the House.
He wants the situation improved and charged the newly constituted board of the Parliamentary Service Board to work out a work ethics for the staff.
The Speaker who heads the institution also pledged to address some of the concerns of the staff including promotion and career progression.
“This board must work collectively to improve upon the work ethics of staff. It is a fact that there some staff members are hardworking and giving off their best for Parliament but it is equally true that there is a significant number whose contribution is nothing to write home about.
“Indeed there are some who basically have no schedule and virtually do nothing yet are paid by the state every month, this I think must change if we want to be a module parliament in Africa,” he said.
The membership of the Parliamentary Service Board include the Speaker, the two Deputy Speakers though they have no voting right.
The other are the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia; former Majority Leader, Abraham Osei Aidoo; Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu; Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu and the Clerk of Parliament.
The Board among others exists to facilitate the work of Parliament through the provision of support services to the House including its committees and agencies for the purpose of ensuring full and effective exercise of the powers of Parliament.
It also has the responsibility of promoting the welfare of Members of Parliament and Staff of the Service and general control of the management of the Service in matters of policy.