UNDP hands over furniture and equipment to new Civil Service College

Nov 30, 2011

Chief of Staff, Dr. Kaifala Marah, receives equipment from UNDP Country Director, Mia Seppo (UNDP/ C. Thomas)

The Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, Dr. Kaifala Marah has said that the handing over of equipment to the newly established Civil Service Training College (CSTC) “signals the beginning of transformation of the Sierra Leone civil service” at a short ceremony attended by Director of the Public Service Reform Unit (PSRU) Dr. Julius Sandy, Director of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), Ernest Surrur, UNDP Country Director Ms Mia Seppo and a visiting Kenyan delegation including Professor Margaret Kobia, Director of Kenya School of Government at Tower Hill, Freetown Wednesday 30th November 2011.

“I thank UNDP for the equipment and for supporting us in this process. I am very delighted and I assure you this place will start training civil servants January 2012” Dr. Marah said amidst applause.

The Director of PSRU Dr. Julius Sandy noted that the completion of the building and the donation of the equipment to help the college become functional will propel the process of transforming the civil service and improve the standards of the service to match other countries.

Director of HRMO, Ernest Surrur said “ The re-introduction of the training college will help to institutionalize training and capacity development at all levels of the civil service so that we can achieve the development needs of the country.“

Referring to the visiting Kenya delegation on performance management, he added “This is a clear example of how South-South Cooperation works in concrete terms. It is not always that we have to depend on Western countries for capacity, South-South cooperation can be even more sustainable and effective.”

UNDP Country Director, Ms Mia Seppo, who formally handed over the equipment, congratulated the Chief of Staff and Directors of PSRU and HRMO for spearheading reform of the civil service. She said that UNDP is happy to promote South-South cooperation between Sierra Leone and Kenya demonstrated by the presence of the Kenyan delegation who have shared a lot of lessons learnt in the civil service and which can be adapted to the Sierra Leonean context.

Ms Seppo said the donation of the equipment and the establishment of the college is only one small step in the Government’s longer term vision of a bigger and well equipped training academy with campus and other facilities that will provide effective and efficient training to the civil service. She added “I hope this centre will increase the capacity to attract and retain talent and upgrade skills of the civil service.“

Professor Margaret Kobia, said that in any national change agenda, the civil service requires constant training and that the establishment of the training college is an excellent initiative. She added that the Kenyan School of Government will continue to work with Sierra Leone to provide support and networking for an effective civil service in Africa “By supporting each other, by learning from each other’s experiences, we can all build the capacity of Africa” Professor Kobia said.

The sets of equipment and furniture handed over include two desk top computers, a photocopier, comb-binding machine, a projector, various furniture for office and classrooms, air conditioners, fridge/freezers, flip chart and flip chart stand valued at over $36,000.

Contact information

Abdul Karim Bah, Communications Analyst, UNDP Sierra Leone. Tel: + 232 33 167 428.  Email: abdul-karim.bah@undp.org

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