CHAPTER 1:03
PUBLIC SERVICE

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   SECTION

PART I
PRELIMINARY

   1.   Short title

   2.   Application

PART II
FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE

   3.   Character of the public service

   4.   Entry and advancement to be based on merit

   5.   Appointment to posts

   6.   Appointment of public officers above the rank of under secretary

   7.   Fair and equal treatment of public officers

   8.   Equal pay

   9.   Code of conduct

   10.   Deployment of public officers

   11.   Retention of public officers

   12.   Promotion and training

   13.   Welfare, etc., for public officers

   14.   General approach in the management of the public service

PART III
PUBLIC SERVICE ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

   15.   Constitution and abolition of public offices

   16.   The head of the public service

   17.   Functions of the head of the public service

   18.   Establishment of post of Secretary for Human Resource Management and Development

   19.   Establishment of Department of Human Resource Management and Development

   20.   Responsibilities of the Secretary for Human Resource Management and Development

PART IV
ADMINISTRATION OF MINISTRIES AND DEPARTMENTS

   21.   Responsibilities of Principal Secretaries and heads of department

   22.   Supervision of administration of ministries

   23.   Accountability of Principal Secretaries and heads of department

   24.   Accountability by management

PART V
INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PUBLIC OFFICERS

   25.   Responsibility and role of officers

   26.   Right of officers regarding terms and conditions of service

PART VI
MISCELLANEOUS

   27.   Restriction on termination of the service of public officers

   28.   The Civil Service Commission, etc.

   29.   Retirement age

   30.   Regulations

   31.   Savings

19 of 1994
G.N. 51/1994

An Act to make provision for the administration of the public service and for matters ancillary thereto or connected therewith.

[1ST AUGUST 1994]

PART I
PRELIMINARY

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Public Service Act.

2.   Application

   This Act shall apply with respect to the administration of the public service save as otherwise provided under any written law with respect to any part of the public service.

PART II
FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE

3.   Character of the public service

   The public service shall—

   (a)   be the instrument for generating and maintaining public confidence in the Government;

   (b)   be impartial, independent and permanent so as to enable the public to continue to receive Government services and in order that the executive functions of the Government continue uninterrupted irrespective of which political party is in power;

   (c)   be guided only by concerns of the public interest and of the welfare of the public in the delivery of services and the formulation and implementation of development projects;

   (d)   aim to achieve and maintain the highest degree of integrity and proper conduct amongst the personnel at all grades.

4.   Entry and advancement to be based on merit

   Entry into and advancement within the public service shall be determined solely on the basis of merit, namely, relative ability, knowledge, skill and aptitude after fair and open competition which assures that all citizens receive equal opportunity.

5.   Appointment to posts

   (1) In selecting candidates for appointment to posts in the public service, the selecting authority shall have regard primarily to the need for promoting efficiency in the public service.

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