GNA officially hooked onto government digital portal

Accra- The Ghana News Agency on Wednesday got hooked onto the Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) of the Public Services Commission (PSC) as part of Government’s efforts to facilitate the management and utilisation of accurate and reliable data of public employees.

The HRMIS is a government of Ghana Project, with the PSC having the oversight responsibility for its successful implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

It is a digital portal introduced by the government to speedily deal with administrative and human resource challenges in the public sector to ensure operational efficiency.

It is also a component of the Public Financial Management Reform Project formerly the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System to improve the database for public services employees, to strengthen controls, enhance exit and promotions as well as effectively manage positions across all the public organisations.

Mr Robertson Allotey, the Commissioner of the PSC, who launched the portal at the premises of the Agency in Accra, charged the technical and administrative staff that had been trained to use the system to only enter information that had been approved by the Management.

He warned that any end-user that goes contrary to the directive would be severely sanctioned, including outright dismissal.

He also cautioned them to avoid disclosing confidential information of staff to the public.

The Commissioner of the PSC commended the Agency for providing credible and reliable news to the public, adding; I have been relying on the GNA over the years, for credible and reliable news.

He, therefore, urged the staff of the Agency to jealously protect its hard-won reputation and not to do anything to damage it.

Mr Kwesi Ohemeng-Agyei, the Director in charge of Research, Information, Monitoring and Evaluation at the PSC, who briefed the staff and management on the system, said it would help in eliminating ghost names from the government payroll.

Mr Ohemeng-Agyei, who is also the HRMIS Project Manager of the PSC, said the portal would improve the payment of workers’ salaries, arrears and to prevent labour unrest.

He said the platform would facilitate employment, re-engagement, and promotion of staff, which would go a long way to minimise management-staff upheavals.

He said the System would be implemented in three phases, which would enhance efficiency in the public sector.

Mrs Yaa Oforiwa Asare-Peasah, the Acting General Manager of the GNA, in her welcome address, said the portal would help the Agency to resolve administrative and human resource challenges and enhance the operations of the Agency.

During the open forum, some staff of the Agency expressed concerns about inadequate logistics and high staff attrition, which had adversely affected its operations and delivery.

They, therefore, appealed to the government to re-tool the Agency and recruit additional staff to beef up its staff strength, in order to meet the demands of the subscribers.

Source: Ghana News Agency