June 9, 2023

The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) has appealed to the government of Ghana to ensure that the decision and palpable conditions that may be agreed on with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should restrict GMet from employing new staff.

According to the chief forecaster at GMet, Felicity Ahafianyo, the Ghana Meteorological Agency is currently under staffed with less than four hundred workers whereas they require about a thousand five hundred workforce nationwide.

She told Alfred Ocansey on 3FM Sunrise Morning Show, that any decision to freeze public sector employment as a result of the IMF’s program will have a dire consequence on the work of the agency since they are already under staffed, thereby putting heavy work burden on the few workers.

The IMF staff team, led by Carlo Sdralevich, mission chief for Ghana, is in Ghana to begin initial discussions with the Ghanaian authorities about a possible IMF-supported programme.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is chairing the task force for the engagement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said.

The Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta and his team are leading the data-sharing exercise during the engagements, he added.

The data-sharing, he explained, will determine what Ghana is qualified for and what it is not qualified for under the programme.

Various labour unions and organisations such as the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and University Teachers Association (UTAG) have made similar appeals to the government not to freeze public sector employment.

By Samuel Afriyie Owusu|3news.com|Ghana

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