NRA is born again
In what is seen as a rebirth, the NRA as part of its corporate reform process as pioneered by the Kemi Consultancy Services through the Human Resource Department of the Authority, has commenced another three days induction programme for recently recruited staff at the Bangura Building at Wellington Street in Freetown. This venture which is the second organized by the Authority since it was established in 2002 has been highly commended by the Board and Management of the Authority. (Photo: Mr. G Melvin Tucker, Chairman of the NRA Board)
Present at the opening ceremony were the NRA Board Chairman Mr. G Melvin Tucker who formally opened the programme, Mr. Bilal Kargbo the Director of Corporate Services Department and also Acting Commissioner General deputizing Madam Hajah Kalla Kamara currently attending an IMF summit in New York in the US, Alimamy. O. Kamara Deputy Director of Human Resource Department, Abdulai Conteh the Director of Finance and Budget, Ibrahim Sorie Kamara- Commissioner for the Domestic Tax Department, Sylvester Clemence – Director of Non Tax Department, Saa Tenneh Foe Assistant Deputy Director- Human Resource Management, Mr. Danniel Ahmed Fornah- Training Manager Manpower Training and Career Development and Mrs. A. A. M Mahdi Kabba of the Kemi Consultancy Services.
Welcoming the inductees, Mr. A.O. Kamara likened the induction process to the initiation of new members to a society which he says is meant to introduce the members to the cultures of the society. He pointed out that as HR practitioners; they do not stop the recruitment process by just engaging new staff. He said from the period of commencing their jobs to a period reasonable in HR terms, it is the responsibility of HR practitioners to observe staff performance and determine whether they are the ones best suited for the positions they were recruited for.
Delivering his keynote address, Mr. G Melvin Tucker, Chairman of the NRA Board, opined that the issue of an induction process is a novelty for the NRA. He lauded the effort of the HR consultant Mrs. A.A. Mahdi whom he said recommended that such a process be introduced as a matter of must. On behalf of the board of directors of the Authority, he welcomed all new staff stating that what is happening now should have happened long before but that the NRA Board, management and HR consultant had been busy restructuring and reforming the institution.
He stated that the induction programme itself is a fruit of such efforts. He explained that the inductees have entered the NRA at a critical time when the Authority is going through reconstruction and transformation stressing that these developments have called for a greater board involvement in the general management and administration of the authority.
He continued by saying that one of the facts he hoped will be emphasized in the induction programme is the uniqueness of the NRA as the main revenue collection agency of the government of Sierra Leone.
He went on to emphasize that efficiency and integrity is crucial to government’s financing of its activities which includes the maintenance of the public service, including the maintenance of law at the border, its numerous and necessary developmental activities and national security as a whole.
He disclosed that his presence at the ceremony was to demonstrate the board’s interest with staff at all levels at to assure them of their support at all times.
He concluded by stating that he hoped inductees will strive to get maximum benefits out of the programme as every one of them has a great role to play individually and collectively wishing them success.
The programme featured diverse presentations from heads of departments on the Legislative framework, operational setup, conditions of service and other relevant issues surrounding the Authorities operations.
By Abraham Karl Samura – Public Affairs Officer
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