Freetown, 8 July 2009 – The Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) in collaboration with ENCISS has engaged Civil Society organizations on the performance of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources.
PSRU is currently conducting a comprehensive management and functional review of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources to ensure that its systems and processes are consistent with the national agenda for efficient and effective service delivery.
Addressing the meeting on Thursday 8 July, Ola Williams, Senior Management Analyst of PSRU, said the purpose of the collaboration with civil society was to get their views on the activities of the Ministry in order to have a holistic document reflective of the perceptions held by people about the Ministry.
Mr. Williams said water and energy are very crucial in the development of a country and that the supervising Ministry should be structured to effectively oversee the activities of the utilities for the benefit of the nation.
Presently, he disclosed, the Ministry lacks the manpower to properly monitor the activities of the water and energy sectors.
One of the consequences of this limited capacity is that the National Power Authority (NPA), Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC) and the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO), which are supposed to be under the supervision of the Ministry operates independently.
Participants called for strong collaboration among line Ministries so that new and emerging settlements will benefit from the utilities.
Lack of monitoring was one of the factors identified for the poor service delivery charactyerised in the MDAs. There were requests for a robust monitoring mechanism within the Ministry so as to track the performance of the service providers for effective output, especially regarding the wastages from Guma pipes, which was cited as one of the primary reasons for water shortages.
Poor communication and inadequate technical staff in the Ministry are also responsible for the underperformance of the departments. Participants called for proper communication between the utility providers and the Ministry and stressed that professionals should be provided with adequate support in performing their duties.
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