President Koroma yesterday congratulated the Directorate of Public Sector Reform for their initiative in developing programmes aimed at enhancing the public service, pointing out that the country needs an efficient and effective public service to which his government is committed to providing the leadership required.
As he put it “we are all one way or the other presiding over the decline of the civil service, but my priority is to resuscitate the entire civil service so that people will benefit from timely and quality service” he said pointing out that reforming the public service is close to his heart as they report to him and at the same time plays a supervisory role, and therefore considered the creation of a performance oriented public service a key to development. He averred that, the country deserves a public service that value money and customers, noting that he would periodically appraise the public service and will continue to give his support towards its success.
The Director of Public Sector Reform Unit Dr. Julius Sandy acknowledged the confidence reposed in him by the president that enables him to transform the public service to the admiration of many.
He noted that, the launching of the Public Sector Reform programme actualized as a result of months of meetings, discussions, writings and consultations which he said marked the beginning of several years of hard work, commitment and devotion to the overhauling of the public service.
He used the occasion to thank donor partners such as DFID, UNDP, World Bank ETC for their support towards his programme. He also reminded the President of his intention to create a performance oriented civil service on taking over the mantle of power, with an objective to be efficient, effective and to deliver quality services to all sector of society to enhance quality workforce of the public which he observed has eventually resulted into the establishment of the Public Sector Reform Unit under the supervision of the president.
On the specific role of his office, he said his task is to give strategic advice to government on the Public Sector Reform programme, provide cross-cutting advice on public sector reform to Ministers and Heads of Department, design a framework for building synergy and coordinating reform across governance sector as well as the implementation of coordinated dynamic strategy on public sector reform and governance, to supply technical expertise on reform initiatives to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and provide on the job training, coaching and mentoring of key officials in making the changes and in performing the new roles that follow from the reform and to also take a look at the public sector against the backdrop of new development in the civil service. He commended the government on its huge financial support to his office through the Ministry of Finance.
The Secretary to Cabinet, the Chairman, Public Service Commission, President of the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, and Representatives from UNDP, DFID and EU made statements relating to a vibrant civil service.
By Solomon Rogers