NRA conducts first induction for new staff
The Human Resource department of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), on Wednesday 21st September commenced a three days induction programme for newly employed staff of the authority at the Sam Bangura Building at Wellington Street in Freetown. The training, which is first of its kind since the institution was established in 2002 attracted staff from the Customs and Excise department, the Domestic tax department, the Monitoring Research and Planning Department the, Human Resource Department, Public affairs Unit and Corporate Services Department. Present at the opening ceremony also where Mr. Kabba Suliaman Koroma, legal representative of the NRA Board, Mr. Ibrahim Sorie Kamara Commissioner of the Domestic Tax Depatmnet (DTD), Mr. Bilal Kargbo Director of Corporate Services Department, Mr. Philip Koroma Director of Internal controls and Audit, Mr. Sahr Tenneh Foe Assistant Deputy Director Human Resource Department and Mrs. Madi HR Consultant to the NRA.
Delivering his keynote address, Mr. Sulaiman Kabba Koroma, Legal representative of the NRA Board noted that the training itself is an innovation of the current management of the Authority whom he said are really working very hard to meet the growing demands of raising revenue for the country. He said most staffs present at the training were recruited in a way that did not enable them familiarize themselves with management and the various operational departments and units of the institution. He said they at the board are responsible for policies generally and that they approved the restructuring the process of the NRA noting that the induction itself is part of the restructuring.
He emphasized that the restructuring process is to streamline the staff numbers of the NRA so as enhanced improved delivery for the good of the institution. He said the staff going through the training like born again staff since they are the first set to go through the programme. He said the board is very thankful to the HR consultant whom he said has done an extremely brilliant job.
There was a rousing applause when he disclosed that the board is currently working at improving the condition of service of staff. He went on to say that by the start of next year, something positive in relations to the conditions of service will certainly come to pass. He stressed on the need for a high level of integrity since it is an issue that permeates the entire structure of the institution. He said we are all Sierra Leoneans and should work for the good of the country.
Mr. Sahr Tenneh Foe, Acting Deputy Director of the Human Resource department noted that the process of knowing each other in a large working environment like the NRA takes time and starts with an induction Programme. Commenting on the restructuring process currently ongoing in the NRA, Mrs. Mhadi the Human Resource consultant, recalled starting her consultancy nine month back and the diverse concerns and unhealthy situation that existed regarding the way the NRA was been managed. She disclosed that a lot of staff where disturbed and unhappy. She recalled that NRA was constantly having bad press which necessitated her been hired by the management of the NRA to do an administrative and human resource restructuring. She however disclosed that she decided to look at the NRA holistically in doing her work because looking at the Human resource and Administrative challenges on their own would not solve the challenges as this department is part of the whole. She highlighted the fact that she first realized a clear work force disengagement which she implied meant the absence of teamwork. She maintained that a lot has been done so far and more remains to be done.
Several topics were covered during the three days programme reflecting on all the operational departments and units.
By Abraham Karl Samura, Public Affairs Officer
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