Dr Kpessah Whyte Urges Sacked NSS Staff To Go To Court Over Termination of Appointments
Former Acting Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Dr. Micheal Kpessah Whyte has urged persons whose appointments were terminated by the new Acting Director to go to court to seek redress.
Dr. Kpessah Whyte is convinced the dismissal of 205 workers of the Secretariat who were recruited on December 15, 2016 is unacceptable and illegal.
The National Service Scheme has sacked persons who were employed at the secretariat towards the end of the erstwhile National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) government in December 2016.
A statement from the scheme signed by newly appointed Executive Director, Ussif Mustapha, said there were violations in the process of recruitment.
But speaking on Joy FM’s Supermorning Show on Thursday, 9th February, 2017, Dr Kpessah said due diligence was done in the hiring of the employees and any attempt to dispose off their services will be illegal.
It will be recalled that in December last year, a group calling itself ‘Supporting Staff of the National Service Scheme’ petitioned the Nana Addo led government to review the new recruitment carried out at the Secretariat alleging that the former Acting Director paid a whopping sum of Ȼ100,000 to a recruitment firm called Zormelo and Associates to hire new staff, most of whom are members of the campaign team of the then outgoing NDC government.
The group claimed further that, although they are in the system as supporting staff, Dr Kpessah Whyte overlooked them and handed appointment letters to friends and cronies who were loyal to the previous government.
Justifying why NSS engaged the services of Zormelo and Associates at GHȻ100,000 to hire the workers, Dr Whyte said there was no permanent HR at the Secretariat and because the recruitment of the workers was in the interest of the public service, the services of a recruitment agency was needed.
He said three agencies put in their bids for the job of recruiting the staff and at them, Zormelo and Associates was selected because they provided the most detailed and cost effective bid.
He also questioned the decision by PSC to ask them to hold on following the petition submitted by an employee of the secretariat.
Dr Kpessah Whyte said the dismissal of the workers was illegal and the affected persons must go to court to enforce their right to be employed.