PSRU Meets MDA's on Implementation of MFR's

The Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) has commenced visitation to Ministries, Department and Agencies to ascertain the level of implementation of recommendations contained in the Management and Functional Review and other reform initiatives.

Three Ministries have been visited since the commencement of the exercise on Thursday 18 March. These are the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Political Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The exercise according to, Dr. Julius Sandy, Director, PSRU is to, among other things, to monitor and evaluate the level of implementation of recommendations in the Management and Functional Reviews; provide updates on reform initiatives; review the implementation mechanism to facilitate the reform process; discuss and agree on the way forward to expedite the reform process and facilitate the creation of management structures such as Change Management Teams, Policy and Planning Units, etc., to maximize service delivery.

At the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Political Affairs, the PSRU team noted progress in creating a National Minerals Agency and resource constraints in this direction.

While we await the creation of the National Minerals Agency (NMA), there is urgent need to address the staffing position in the ministry, with particular reference to Mines Monitoring Officers and ensuring the availability of the critical skills mix at the managerial and professional cadres.

At the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the issue of rational staff deployment and capacity building initiatives were, among other things, discussed. The imbalance between Public Health and Clinical Doctors remains acute, and efforts are being made to address these and other challenges in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

At the Ministry of Trade and Industry, PSRU noted with satisfaction progress in the operationalisation of the Strategic Plan.

On the issue of Co-operatives, plans are underway to transform them in one Executive Agency, the headquarter of which, together with that of the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) will be located in the provinces.

All of these meetings were attended by the Permanent Secretaries and the leadership of the Civil Service in the respective Ministries.