PSC PRESENTS 2015 ANNUAL REPORT AND STRATEGIC PLAN TO PRESIDENT KOROMA

 

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PSC PRESENTS 2015 ANNUAL REPORT AND STRATEGIC PLAN TO PRESIDENT KOROMA

The Public Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday, 24th October 2016, presented to His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, its Annual Report for 2015 and a five-year Strategic Plan 2016-2020 at a special occasion held at State House, Freetown.

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 In his address, the Chairman of the PSC, Dr. Max Ahmadu Sesay, gave an update of the Commission's work, focusing on the strategic role of the PSC in helping to instil that immensely valuable sense of discipline, accountability and transparency in the Civil Service by recommencing the institution of administrative enquiries. Dr. Max Sesay said, since 2015, the PSC has produced a string of spectacular administrative enquiry reports that have been hailed as a crescendo in the revival of the responsibilities of the PSC. The Chairman thanked His Excellency the President for his judicious approach in ensuring a smooth transition at the PSC with the appointment of two new Commissioners within timely intervals.

Presenting the 2015 Annual Report and the Strategic Plan, the Chairman stressed the significance of the two reports, highlighting their individual importance. Starting with the Annual Report, he indicated that the Report contains well implemented activities of the first-ever strategic plan in the history of the PSC. The Chairman further noted that the second report,

the Strategic Plan 2016-2020, is the maiden five year plan developed by the PSC in the belief   that public sector reform is a key aspiration in the Government's  development agenda which will continue to enjoy political support.

Dr. Max Sesay further pleaded with His Excellency for the construction of a befitting PSC office as soon as the economic situation returns to normalcy. The chairman assured His Excellency that the construction of an ultramodern building proposed for PSC was indeed good news for the organisation.

His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma thanked the Chairman and his team for the timely submission of the 2015 Annual Report and the Five Year Strategic Plan.  He commended the Commission for its transformative strides over the years and assured the Chairman and Members of the Commission that the "activities of the Commission will not be strangled because of the austerity measures''.

Addressing concerns raised by the Commission regarding the office building, and continuation of the recruitment process, the President reiterated Government's continued commitment and support. His Excellency encouraged the Commission to continue with the recruitment process but to defer engagement until austerity measures are lifted.

The Chairman was accompanied to State House for the presentation by the four PSC Commissioners, the Secretary and the Communications Manager.

 

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  1. The PSC is the oldest Commission in Sierra Leone (established in 1948) and is one of only four Constitutional Commissions. The others are the National Electoral Commission, the Judicial & Legal Service Commission, and the Political Parties Registration Commission. An agency of equivalent constitutional status is the Audit Service.
  2. The Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 (Act No. 6 of 1991) vests in the PSC “the power to appoint persons to hold or act in offices in the public service (including power to make appointments on promotion and to confirm appointments) and to dismiss and to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices…”
  3. The Commission is made up of a Chairman, four Members representing each of the four regions of Sierra Leone, and a total of 33 technical, administrative and support staff headed by the Secretary. These groups of staff are subdivided into four (4) Directorates and 12 Units.
  4. The Commission’s Mission is “to provide leadership, supervision, oversight and guidance to the development and management of the human resources of the public service with a view to ensuring effective and efficient service delivery to the people of Sierra Leone”.
  5. Among the Commission’s Core Values are Independence, Integrity, Transparency and Equal Opportunity.