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GOVERNMENT TO INSTITUTE A NEW CIVIL SERVICE CODE TO ADDRESS THE ASPIRATIONS AND NEEDS OF CIVIL SERVANTS mkamara 10/12/2021

The Director General of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), Mr. Ansu Samuel Tucker has affirmed the Government of Sierra Leone commitment to institute a new Civil Service Code, Regulations and Rules that will address the aspirations and needs of Civil Servants for an effective and efficient service delivery in the civil service. Mr. Tucker was addressing civil servants in various MDA'S during four days reviewing exercise of the Civil Service Code, Regulations and Rules, and Outreach encounter in Kambia and Port Loko districts respectively. He said the outreach and review exercises are for HRMO to interface with colleagues’ civil servants to speak out the concerns affecting them in the service and to elicit their views for a new Civil Service Code that will address their aspirations and needs in the service. The Director General of HRMO said the outreach and review exercises are parts of the reforms in the civil service. Mr. Tucker mentioned the introduction of the directorate system in HRMO, IPAS, migration of graded clerks to functional positions and the reduction of the probation period from three years to two years as some of the reforms in recent time in the civil service.

He cited gender and disability issues, occupational health and safety, provisional administration and whistle blowing as emerging issues which are to be included in the new Civil Service Code to reflect modern day civil service settings. The Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Mr. Khalilu Osman Bah spoke on the importance of the promulgation of a Civil Service Act, which will provide a central body for all recruitments both in the public and civil services. The EU Project Coordinator, Mr. Kelvin Kellie assured the Government of Sierra Leone of EU continued support to HRMO reforms to make the service conform to changing times and circumstances.