Vice President Boakai Commends The Civil Service Agency

Monday, 10th November 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has described as “effective” the performance of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) over the past three years.
He stressed the importance of an effective Civil Service in the realization of the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), noting, “The PRS will be a failure without a very good Civil Service Agency”.

Vice  President Boakai made the commendation Monday when he visited the Civil Service Agency on Carey Street to acquaint himself with the agency’s ongoing reform program.

The tour was in continuation of visitations the Vice President is making to government ministries and agencies to acquaint himself with their operations,  achievements and  challenges . Last week Vice President Boakai visited the Public Works Ministry and the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).

He thanked staff of the Civil Service Agency for the good work they are doing, and made specific reference to the “Biometric Identification” system the CSA has introduced, notig that it is one of those programs that the government requires to ensure accountability.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, Civil service Agency Director-General Dr. C. William Allen said the major activity the agency is engaged at the moment is reform of the civil service.

He explained that sometime this year, the agency produced a Civil Service Reform Strategy which he said is part of government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Dr. Allen further told the Vice President that the agency is in the process of “right-sizing” or restructuring  the civil service. He also disclosed that the agency has embarked on improving service delivery through the TOTKEN and SCS programs.

He said the Civil Service Agency will this time around hire trained Liberians from both the United States and West African sub-region, noting that there are many qualified Liberians in Nigeria, Ghana, and Sierra Leone who can contribute to the rebuilding of their country.

Following the briefing, Dr. Allen, accompanied by senior staff of the CSA, guided Vice President  Boakai on a tour of various sections of the Agency