New District Officers warned
The Director of Public Sector Reform Unit, Dr. Julius S. Sandy (in photo) has warned newly posted District Officers that their tasks ahead are enormous and that they must exercise teamwork, commitment, and prudent leadership to accomplish said tasks.
Director Sandy pronounced this warning while chairing a one-day workshop for District Officers past Tuesday 19th at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown.
Describing District Officers as “General Keeper of the House” he pointed out that they are filling a vacuum which used to impede central government coordination of Local Administration.
“…considerable efforts and resources have been invested into resuscitating District Officers, but considerable efforts and resources are still to be invested”, he said.
The PSRU Director admonished that the published duties and responsibilities of District Officers are vital resources that have been made accessible.
The working manual which is outlined in ten (10) subtitles, he said, frames District Officers role and relationship with other stakeholders.
“Since government adoption of the policy of decentralization,” Director Sandy emphasized, “competition, rivalries and jealousies over administrative preserves have been resulting among districts actors.”
And being that District Officers are authoritative drawers of government’s attention, he warned them that mutual respect, understanding and spirit of cooperation must be ensured among them and Heads of Departments, Agencies and Local Councils.
Speaking to Sierra Express Media, Julius Sandy justified his stern warning to newly posted District Officers on the basis that they are assuming duty at a time government is pursuing comprehensive public sector Reform Agenda.
“With their sincerity and hard work, a public sector that works for all could be effected”, he concluded.
By Momoja Lappia
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