General News of Saturday, 15 March 2014


The call to scrap single spine is a political trap - Pee Yalley

Ghana’s Ambassador to India, Sam Pee Yalley says the proposal by former Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Dr. Anthony Akoto-Osei, to scrap the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy is a “serious political trap”.

According to him, any attempt to implement such proposal will be politically suicidal for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in future elections.

The Single Spine Pay Policy was initiated by the erstwhile Kufuor administration to help eliminate disparities in the public service salary administration system and to motivate public sector workers for improved productivity.

However, in recent times, implementation of the policy has encountered some challenges, including labour unrests – with many economists warning of dire consequences on the economy if the problems are not resolved.

Against this backdrop, Dr. Akoto-Osei, at a Daily Graphic /Fidelity Bank organised economic forum called on government to consider suspending the policy. He also underscored the need for the commencement of negotiations for retrenchment in the public sector as part of measures to cut down the growing wage bill.

But on Radio Gold’s political discussion programme Alhaji and Alhaji, Sam Pee Yalley opined that the call is a decoy to make the Mahama-led administration unpopular.

He described as surprising that someone whose party introduced and implemented the policy before leaving office now turns round to say it is not feasible.

Mr. Pee Yalley indicated that the current challenges in the implementation of the policy are because the erstwhile NPP government did not do due diligence before rolling out the Single Spine Pay Policy few days before leaving office.

Ghana’s Ambassador to India maintained that the Single Spine Pay Policy is sustainable if the right measures are put in place to ensure there is value for money.

He stated unequivocally that government has no intention to scrap the policy, which to all intent and purposes, had brought some sanity in the administration of public sector pay.

This, notwithstanding, Sam Pee Yalley said the implementation of the policy must be linked to work and productivity and workers must justify the huge salaries that they earn under the Single Spine Pay Policy.