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Thursday, March 23, 2017
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COMMUNICATION

The Communications Directorate

The Communications Directorate has a Director of Communications; two Deputy Directors, one for policy and the other for e-Government; seven Chief Technology Officers; 16 ICT Managers, fifteen Senior ICT Officers, Nine ICT Officers, twenty four Assistant ICT Officers, twenty three IT Technicians Level 1 and  fourteen I. T Technicians, Level II.  However, a good  number of staff has been posted to Ministries, Departments and Government Agencies.

The Communication Directorate develops and manages Government’s website including that of State House.  It liaises with NATCOM and IMC on matters of communications strategy and policy development in order to ensure that the views of the Regulator  and those responsible for implementation are heard. It also liaises with the mobile phone companies and internet service providers.  There is an ICT Council chaired by His Excellency the President.  The work of the Council is facilitated by the Director of Communications. In the past ICT experts evaded the Civil Service because of low salaries and incentives.   This has become a thing of the past as the salaries of the ICT Cadre has been dramatically increased.  It may also be worthy to point out that the Directorate liaises with all ICT related projects under the purview of the Ministry including the West African Regional Communications Integrated Project, WARCIP; the ECOWAS Regional Backbone Infrastructure and e-Governance, ECOWAN-Sierra Leone; the National Optical Backbone.