Information Directorate, Youyi Building, Sierra Leone, Tuesday 22 May 2018 - The Minister of Information and Communications has admonished staff of his Ministry that he approaches work with humility and firmness. Addressing members of staff at his maiden general meeting at the conference hall of the Ministry, Mohammed Swaray said he believes in team work, always open to new ideas, prepared to tap into the knowledge of every member of staff and appreciates criticism. He called for the cooperation and commitment of all and asked to put on a new working attitude and culture to meet the President’s call on civil servants for effectiveness and efficiency. He said he expects punctuality and regularity from staff members to enhance maximum productivity to achieve President Bio’s new direction.
He said during his few weeks in office he has learnt with dismay that officers especially in an ICT directorate do not have official email addresses. This he said is not only outdated but very unprofessional noting that no sober minded organization will do business with you when you send official correspondences to them on personal email addresses. He urged the Communications Directorate to create official email addresses for every member of staff.
He also expressed resentment over the notorious use of the social media during official hours thereby debarring official duties.” I have barged into several offices during my brief stay here and have seen staff members busy on facebook, emails, youtude and watching movies rather than adhering to official tasks. He warned that such practice is totally unacceptable. He appealed to the Communications Director to find a way to minimize the frivolous use of the social media by staff during working hours.
He proposed the creation of a platform where visitors can access information to abreast themselves with the activities of the Ministry.
Staff members expressed dissatisfaction over poor welfare, lack of logistics and neglect by most bosses. “Our bosses no longer assign duties to us, they do all the jobs on their own apparently, living us moribund, lamented one of the female staff secretaries.
The Chief Executive Administrator appealed to all members of staff of his Ministry to give an unwavering support to the new Minister and government to help actualized the Presidents new direction nationwide. He spoke on the essence of collaboration and cordiality among team mates. Reacting to staff concerns, Brima Sowa said since he took over as Permanent Secretary the country has been on austerity measures and even government budget allocations have hardly come by. He however intimate staff that he will have discussions with the new minister to see how best they can create a conducive working environment for members of staff to enhance efficiency. The Permanent Secretary appealed to senior colleagues to be delegating tasks to junior members of staff to enable them perform the work for which they are paid and thus realize their potentials.
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