As part of the activities marking the celebrations of the 2020 Civil Service Week, the Information Services Department mounted a photo exhibition showcasing activities of the Department from the past to present at its head office in Accra to educate visitors on the work of the Department.
The photo exhibition marked ISDâs version of the Open Day of the 2020 Civil Service Week, which fell on September 2020, a day that all Ministries, Department Agencies (MDAs) were expected to tell the general public their functions, services they render to clients and the policies and programmes they formulate and implement for the development of Ghana.
In an address to open the photo exhibition, the Director of ISD, Mr. Charles Wereko said the essence of the Open Day was to inform the general public about the services the government renders to the people to foster collaboration between the public and the government to enhance participatory governance.
He added that educating the people on the activities of the MDAs would enable the public to share their concerns on government policies, a situation that would make the government serve the people better.
He said the Civil Service does not only formulate and implement governmentâs policies but also work with the private sector to accelerate the development of the country, adding that the Open Day would help the general public know the areas each government institution specialised so that they [public] would know where to call when government assistance is needed.
Touching on the ISDâs transformation agenda, he said it sought funding to retool the Department to enable it effectively and efficiently disseminate government development information to the people.
He said if the transformation agenda becomes reality, the Department is expected to be resourced with 300 new mobile cinema vans to enable all 260 ISD offices across the country to disseminate government policies to ensure collective national development.
Mr. Wereko added that currently, the department has about 25 vans which are roadworthy, saying if the government approves the transformation agenda it would enable the Department to adequately perform its mandate.
Also, he hinted that by the next three years, the Department would be digitised to reduce the cost of buying stationery at all its offices including District and Regional offices.
The 2020 Civil Service Week, which was on the theme, âCivil Service and Private Sector Synergy: A National Development Imperative,â sought to recognize the strategic importance of employees of the Service to national development.
Juliet Etefe & Constance Evans Kekrebesi, ISD