By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
European Union Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Manuel Muller, has yesterday Wednesday, May 25, officially donated vehicles, motor bikes and office equipment to the Public Service Commission (PSC), Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) and the Civil Service Training College.
The donation worth over eight billion Leones was meant to boost and help facilitate the smooth work and service delivery of both beneficiary institutions.
Speaking at the handing over event at the Civil Service Training College in Freetown, the EU Ambassador said he was at the event to reaffirm the European Union’s support towards the Government of Sierra Leone and its ambitious plans to reform and strengthen its public and civil service.
He said the civil service reform is the corner stone of the government New Direction Agenda and National Mid-Term Development Plan.
He said an effective work force essential for efficient and effective service delivery, noting that a performing civil service is absolutely key to drive the human capacity development and economic growth ambitioned by Sierra Leone.
“It is with these noble ambitions in mind that the European Union agreed to strengthen the capacities of the Public Service Commission, the Human Resource Management Office, and the Civil Service Training College. We are proud of the outcomes of our partnership to date,” he said.
He said the advancements made under your leadership with regards to Human Recourses management, developing relevant and human resource systems and policies are commendable, including the introduction of the Individual Performance Appraisal System IPAS, the review of the civil service code, rules and regulations, the validation last week of a most relevant Gender Mainstreaming policy, M&cE framework, and dedicated Training curricula are truly praiseworthy developments in view to ensure the civil service of Sierra Leone operates efficiently, addresses the gender gap and delivers to the highest standards.
He expressed appreciation to the Public Service Commission for the efforts deployed in partnership with the Human Resource Management Office, to review the public service policy and legislation, noting that the soundness of the nation-wide consultative processes which informed the legislative review and its very outcomes are encouraging.
“These vehicles, as well as the IT equipment already delivered to staff, worth overall eight billion Leones.It is funded by the European Union to support HR management, monitoring and development functions, and by doing so to improve Civil service efficiency and effectiveness,” he said.
Director of National Authorizing Office, Ambrose James said the last week the President Julius Maada Bio commissioned the Magbele Bridge sponsored by the European Union, noting that the handing over of the vehicles and motor bikes further showcases the excellent relationship between EU and the Government of Sierra Leone.
He said the institutions that will be benefiting are two critical institutions within the government architecture and that he believed that the donation will create an enabling working environment and also contribute to the policies and objectives they are trying to promote.
He called on the benefiting offices to ensure they take care of donations for the benefit of all.
Chairman of Public Service Commission, Kalile O. Bah said the country’s partnership with the EU has been very wonderful and rewording.
He said good governance peg on two things including strong institutions and capable staff to deliver services to the people of the nation and the donation will capacitate the mobility of both institutions.
He called on staff to utilise the donated items properly like they are doing for their private properties because that is the only way they will show that they appreciate the gesture from the EU.
Director General of Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) Ansu Samuel Tucker said the donation event is important and very close to their heart because they have been given a task to implement a very important project, nothing that they thank God for the relationship between the government and the EU.