Employment Minister Swears in Ministerial Advisory Board
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, has said that the provision of housing for Public Sector Workers is a concern to government and would need the Ministerial Advisory Board to provide policy advice to mitigate the housing problems facing workers. He said that social housing mechanisms will relieve workers of paying huge sums of money to landlords. He called on the Private Sector to help while government provides the land for the project. Mr. Haruna Iddrisu said this when he inaugurated a nine-member Ministerial Advisory Board for the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations on Wednesday, 9th December, 2015 at the Ministry’s Conference Room.
The Minister charged the Board to enhance the fortunes of government and the Ministry in particular with their expertise.
Hon. Haruna Iddrisu said that the Ministry needs to have a labour economist and also strengthen its procurement regime.
He said that Ghana has one of the finest Tripartite relationships and this is evident in the manner in which Organized Labour, Employers and Government handle the determination of the National Daily Minimum Wage (NDMW) and Public Sector Wages. “To strengthen social tripartism, the Board needs to have continuous engagement with the National Tripartite Committee” he added.
On the issue of employment, the Minister said that there is the need to disabuse the minds of the public on the notion that the public sector has to absorb the unemployed in the country and stressed that the informal or private sector should be the lead employer of the economy.
Mr. Alex Frimpong, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Employers Association and a member of the Ministerial Board, expressed gratitude to government for reposing confidence in board members. He assured government of their support in ensuring peaceful industrial relations in the nation.
Mr. Michael Owusu-Nimako of the Public Services Commission also said that they are poised to assist the Ministry to deliver on its mandate by collaborating with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, and the National Labour Commission.
Members of the Board are, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Hon. Baba Jamal, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations; Mr. Alexander Frimpong, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Employers Association; Mr. Alex Yaw Arthur, Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Also on the Board are Mr. Michael Nimako, Public Services Commission; Mr Samuel-Longman Attakumah, Chief Director, MELR; Mrs. Victoria Natsu, Executive Director, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection; Mr. Kofi Asamoah, Secretary-General, TUC; and Mr. Fred Attakumah of the Private Enterprise Foundation.