I stumbled across this on someones Facebook page and decided to give it some space and attention on my Blog. For quite some time now, I have not been surprised by the events that have been unfolding in Ghana. Not that I have become used to them but rather I know that one day – not too far away, the ordinary Ghanaian will rise up and start kicking the backside of those politicians who think they can fool the ordinary Ghanaian forever. As mentioned on a Google+ post on something entirely different, I find it extremely hard to understand all these ministers and other Government officials who occupy very prominent positions fail to show any sort of management skills/intellect in terms of running their respective departments. To make matters worse, these are officials who have been chosen to run whatever departments they have been assigned to because they have been vetted and subsequently passed the vetting process as being qualified.
So lets break this piece of news yanked from Accra City Times down:
An Economic Advisor to the President, Dr. Nii Moi Thompson has revealed that the Ghana Education Service(GES) currently employs about 40, 000 drivers.
According to him, majority of these drivers are redundant, but they have been added to the national payroll, thus increasing government’s expenditure
OK, so as not to shoot myself in the foot, I made my way to Google and did a search for the meaning of the word “redundant”. Obviously there were several hits, but I went for the Oxford Dictionary meaning. This is what is say:
“No longer in employment because there is no more work available: eight permanent staff were made redundant“
So how does say 5,000 drivers [for arguments sake] get added to the payroll if they have been made redundant because there is no longer any work for them?
Dr. Thompson stated that the number of people on Ghana’s payroll, is 11 percent higher than that of the UK.
I am not going to even ask how he came about this figure, but once again, working on the basis of assumptions, does this not strike to someone [I am referring to those appointed to run the GES and those to watch over it] as alarming?
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Tsegah said the criticisms against the GES’ move were unfounded since the number of drivers accurately corresponds with vehicles within the service.
How is this even mathematically possible when the economic advisor has mentioned that “a majority” of these drivers are redundant?
“GES is not a small organization; we are talking about an organization that spans the length, breadth, width and every part of the country”
“We are talking about 37,000 basic schools, we are talking about secondary schools, we are talking about administrative structures, we are talking about a number of institutions,”Mr. Tsegah said.
According to him, every single driver deployed by the GES plays an important role in the sector.
“If you have an institution of such a national magnitude you need drivers so you cannot just say that we have 40,000 drivers and want everybody to giggle about it. This is a serious matter”
This is what my face book friend questioned in a comment on her FB page:
“SOMEBODY tell me that with 40000 vehicles and 37000 basic schools, CHILDREN who need it are bussed to school in Ghana.
In his rebuttal, the DGES mentions 37,000 basic schools and I wish he’d added the numbers of secondary schools and tertiary institutions and what they need 40,000 cars and drivers for. Do they bus children to basic school? Does each basic school have a car or two assigned to them? In my day, boarding schools had a boneshaker or two with the school name painted on it, so maybe the number of secondary schools and tertiary institutions would be a more useful figure. The DGES is going to have to explain better about why they need 40,000 drivers. Details are important when numbers are mentioned.”