The Minister for Employment and Social Welfare, Mr. Enoch Teye Mensah, has maintained that government has not deferred the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS), to next year as being speculated.
The delay, he said, is as a result of the slow pace at which institutions are mapping job holders from the Ghana Universal Salary Structure, (GUSS) onto the SSSS.
Addressing journalists at the “Meet-the-Press series” in Accra, today, the sector Minister indicated that only 28 out of the 95 institutions trained to undertake the mapping of the employees have completed and submitted their report.
By early next year few more institutions, including the Ghana Dance Ensemble, Civilian Employees of the Ghana Armed Forces, GRATIS Foundation and the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research will migrate onto the SSSS.
He debunked the notion by some institutions that, their delay to submit the data for their migration is due to the fact that they do not have evidence of approval for some of their current allowances from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
Furthermore, he disclosed that the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), which is one of the key human resource development institutions of the Ministry, has this year provided school based apprenticeship training in instructor and defensive driving for 9,648 youth in the country.
As part of the Ministry’s efforts to accelerate the better Ghana agenda, Mr. Mensah said the NVTI has restructured its skills training curricula to include modules on technical skills in oil and gas as well as ICT to meet the demands of the emerging e oil and gas industry.
The Department of Co-operatives which is under the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, in their quest to create more jobs, currently, have 5,696 vibrant co-operative societies in four sectors of the national economy, namely agriculture, finance , industry and service with agriculture alone accounting for 67.4 per cent, the Minister said.
He emphasised that in collaboration with Cadbury Cocoa, the Department is providing technical expertise to cocoa farmers in one hundred cocoa communities nationwide to form viable co-operative enterprises.
On the issue of child labour, the Minister noted that 535 Community Child Protection Committees have been formed in all cocoa growing communities to monitor the incidence of menace, collect and analyse data on children who are involved in worst forms of labour in such areas.
H e added that, a harmonised Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System document and its accompanying indicator manual, has been completed to serve as a guide to all institutions providing child labour services in the country.