November 24, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Director of Performance Management Service Directorate in the Office of the Chief of Staff at State House, has assured that government was committed to creating the enabling environment for transparency and accountability in its operations, hence created certain institutions to hold Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) accountable.
Abdu Raman Sowa made the statement on Wednesday during a one day interactive session organised by Transparency International Sierra Leone, in partnership with Open Government Initiative (OGI) on peer learning and experience sharing on open contracting with the theme, ‘promoting open contracting to ensure value for money in public procurement’ in Sierra Leone.
He said the office of Chief of Staff has tried very hard for government to be opened to public scrutiny, adding that the current administration was of the firm belief that government institutions should be opened to the people as a strategy to fostering transparency and accountability.
“Over the years, a number of actions have been taken in all government institutions to ensure transparency. The Office of Chief of Staff is coordinating activities of government institutions which was the more reason President signed contracts with MDAs on key performance indicators. It is now very clear that institutions that do not perform can easily be identified based on the performance tracking,” he said, adding that the security forces including the police and the military have now been brought onboard to sign performance contract with the president.
“The establishment of OGI is part of the commitment to the openness of this government. I know there are challenges in our procurement issues but we are working with the relevant stakeholders to address them,” he concluded.
Head of Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Procurement Unit, Mokuolu A Isaac, said they were invited by Transparency International to share ideas on some of the procumbent issues in their country.
He said Sierra Leone has everything required to get the open contracting right and that the government of Sierra Leone has been working very hard to address challenges in the public procurement sector.
He said the role of civil society, the media and members of the public is significant in ensuring that there is a formidable open contract system.
He called on Sierra Leoneans to develop more interest in public procumbent issues as proper procurement will transform the lives of the people.