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In Sierra Leone, Civil Servants Dialogue on Draft Code of Conduct
By Augustine Samba
May 14, 2010, 17:08

Civil Servants of Sierra Leone on Thursday 13th May 2010 started a two-day workshop on the Draft Code of Regulations, Rules and Revised Procedures of the Civil Service for payment of End-of-service benefits and Death Gratuities of the deceased at the Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building in Freetown. The draft document is to replace the old Civil Servantsí Code of Conduct left behind by our colonial master.

The workshop also served as an opportunity for all civil servants to monitor, criticize and analyze the draft document for the benefit of all. The proposed document is an instrument that is intended to guide all Civil Servants.

In his opening remarks, the chairman of the ceremony Mr. Ernest Suwu, who doubles as the Director General of Human Resource Management of the Public Service Commission said that it was very timely for the civil service to amend their codes and regulations as according to him the previous document drafted by our colonial masters has become obsolete, unfit for the present generation and society.

He said the current document entails administrative laws that bind every civil servant, and make them to be integrated, efficient, effective and hardworking. "When this document comes into effective existence, civil servants will comport themselves and perform their duties accordingly," he said. He also informed that the draft will change the attitude of all civil servants, especially from corrupt practices, laziness, partiality and political affiliation. He also appealed to all civil servants to be computer literate.

Director of Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU), Dr. Julius Sandy said the draft, as he has read it, entails core values and standards. He said it was therefore incumbent on the civil service to deliver services for the people in the proper manner. He also informed that to draft the document, they held series of meetings and consultations with many stakeholders in Bo, Makeni and Kenema all in a bid to build up the document. The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Mr. Joseph Koroma who officially opened the workshop said such a ceremony was another development and remarkable event in Sierra Leoneís history. He also reiterated that it was but necessary to replace the former document, adding that the present document seeks the interest of the presidentís Agenda for Change. He disclosed that the document would have to be sent to cabinet for final approval.

He thanked all those who contributed to making the "constitution" of the Civil a reality.

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