Teachers and Nurses in Ghana are overpaid – Gov’t Statistician Professor Kobina Annim

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The Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, has said workers in the public sector not excluding teachers and nurses are generally overpaid for work done.

The Government Statistician said averagely, public sector workers were paid double for their output.

He has, therefore, called for the creation of a Public Productivity Committee of Parliament to work as the Public Accounts Committee and ensure that ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and the public sector, in general, deliver output commensurate with their earnings.

Delivering his inaugural lecture at the University of Cape Coast last Thursday, Prof. Annim said while earnings averaged about GH¢3,420 for the public sector worker, output in the sector averaged about GH¢1,420, less than half the earnings.

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“What people earn should be equal to their output and be equal to what they spend,” he said, adding that basically there was something wrong and that such gaps should be closed in the country’s quest for real development.

He observed that the tenure of public officers of such institutions and organisations should be renewed or revoked, based on the attainment of targets.

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Prof. Annim said workers should be made to account for their output.

As a reminder, Prof. Annim is a Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Coast and currently the Government Statistician on secondment.

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