This reporter conducted a 5 working days secret investigation at various Ministries, Departments and Agencies past week and noticed that because nothing much is being trumpeted on the before 8:30am enforcement, most public officials now report for work after 10:00am and close the day before 5:00pm.
It can be recalled that President Julius Maada Bio few months back took an unannounced visit to a key government facility, the Youyi building situated in Freetown.
The visit was the first since he announced a new set of civil service rules since assuming office in April 2018 and the President’s spot checks were to ensure that his directive of April 9, 2018 was being complied with.
At each MDA, President Bio visited ministers, permanent secretaries and other civil servants officers where vetted for late comers door after door.
The first gentleman entered each door to shocking surprises from civil servants and some of whom were only seeing him for the first time in person. Officials who were not on their seats on the president’s arrival, where left with note written and signed by the president himself, informing of his visit.
The president also used that visit as an opportunity to thank his ministers and civil servants who were at post on his arrival. For a whole month after the president’s unannounced visit, seats at MDAs were all occupied before 8am each day with the expectations that the president will revisit.
Sadly though, this reporter is throwing a challenge to His Excellency that should he make a quick stop at MDAs on Youyi building this Monday morning before, he will be the one opening locked MDA office doors and soon after welcoming public officials to their seats after 10:00am.
Below is a recap of the four main orders as contained in the April 9, 2018 Directives:
1. All Public Sector Workers and Government Ministers are required to be in Office at 8:30am till 4:45pm. The president and vice president will conduct routine and unannounced checks at Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure implementation. Failure to report for work on time will lead to Disciplinary Action and Potential Summary Dismissal.
2. A National Cleaning Day is declared for the 1st Saturday of each month from 7:00am – 12:00 noon. The first national cleaning day scheduled by the Ministry of Health Affairs is Saturday, 5th May 2018.
3. Re-introduce Sunday Trading and Commercial Activities effective Sunday, 15th April 2018. The public is notified that all businesses, trading and commercial enterprises and activities are now permitted to operate on Sundays ONLY between the periods of 12:00 noon to 5:00pm.
4. All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other Public Sector Institutions are now required to HOST all Government-related workshops, seminars and conferences at MDAs/Public Sector Institution premises and NOT at hotels. The objective is to save cost and prevent wastage of scarce government resources.