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PSC Chairman bemoans limited resources in civil service

Oct 23, 2012, 10:38 AM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

The Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC), G.O. Bright, has told members of the Public Accounts/Enterprises Committees of the National Assembly that the challenges facing the civil service has been exacerbated by the limited resources available to train, retrain and retain personnel.

Mr Bright, who was presenting the Commission’s annual report for the year ended January to December 2011 at the National Assembly on Monday, said yet these continue to be non-negotiable imperative to demand the delivery of high quality services with scarce resources.

“This is a daunting task that requires examination, innovation and prudent management. To achieve our common objectives, genuine leadership is required at all levels,” he told members of the Committees.

However, he added, with the introduction of incentive allowance in the civil service paid to professional staff in addition to their salaries, this has indeed slowed down the level of attrition rate.

Commenting on the attrition rate of professional staff within the civil service, Bright said the Commission noted the concern of the PAC/PEC on the attrition rate in the Civil Service with regards to the professional staff namely, accountants, teachers, nurses, among others.

“However, it must be noted that this is beyond the ambit of the Commission since public officers are always looking for greener pastures,” adding that it is noted that the attrition rate has slowed owing to the introduction of incentive allowances paid to the above category of staff, in addition to their salaries.

“Indeed some, who had left the service, are reapplying for re-engagement to the Civil Service,” Bright stated.

The report, which focus on different activities in the period relating to appointments, confirmation in appointment, promotions, retirements, transfers, secondments and all other related activities in various ministries/departments of the government, was later adopted.