Dr. Nana Ato Arthur
Dr Nana Ato Arthur

Head of the Local Government Service has mounted a strong defence following the interdiction of three of its staff members for their participation in the recent parliamentary primaries held by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Dr Nana Ato Arthur says their duty as local government service workers is to serve the government and not be involved in partisan politics.

“We are not doing partisan politics in our service. Our duty is to serve the government and not do politics and so if they claim we sacked them because they are NDC staff, then that’s false. We dealing with them according to what the constitution says,” he said on Adom FM’s morning show ‘Dwaso Nsem‘ programme, Monday.

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The interdicted staff are Alhaji Maazu Abubakar, Pru West constituency, Alexander Hedidor, Suaman constituency and Roland Nsoh-Billa Abire, Bolgatanga East constituency.

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Alhaji Abubakar worked with the Builsa South District Assembly while Hedidor and Abire, an assistant engineer, both worked at the Kassena Nakena Municipal Assembly in the Upper East Region.

Justifying the decision to sack them, Dr Arthur said their participation in the primaries breached the neutrality clauses which are required of them.

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“Their decision is in contravention of the Local Government Service Code of Conduct particularly, Canon (1): ‘the Principle of Anonymity and Permanence’ which states that ’Officers and staff of the Local Government Service shall serve the State with neutrality and anonymity in the national and local government process’,”.

Source: Adomonline.com | Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy