Bio Warns!


His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has reiterated his commitment to good governance at a working retreat with Government Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) held last Thursday at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown.

President Bio, who predicates his rule on the premise of zero tolerance to corruption and enhanced service delivery to the people of Sierra Leone, issued a stern warning to his political appointees and administrative heads of MDAs that anyone that violates the Civil Service Code of Conduct or engages in corruption will not only face the full force of the law, but will also be named and shamed.

It could be recalled that after assuming office on 4th April, 2018, President Bio convened a one-day retreat with heads of his Government to discuss his mission and plan on how to deliver on his New Direction agenda. The aim was to establish an understanding of cross-departmental working relationship among Government MDAs and their functionaries in the quest for improved public service delivery.

Along that same line, the objective of last Thursday’s Bintumani political and administrative retreat that was organized by the Office of the Chief Minister was to review the eight strategic priority programmes agreed on at the first retreat with a view to building strong positive high performing synergies between Ministers and Civil Servants with the objective of delivering effectively on the New Direction promises to Sierra Leoneans.

Addressing the Government stakeholders, President Bio, who said he would be signing performance contracts with his Ministers, demanded that our national priorities should be translated into deliverables for the people, noting that historically, there has been a disconnect between the political and administrative leadership of the MDAs. This, the President said, has led to series of challenges affecting the country’s growth. “This fractured relationship has had consequences on policy implementation and delivery,” President Bio said.

On his favorite subject of corruption, President Bio told his Government heads that the menace is a serious threat to the efficiency of the state, and one that has seriously affected economic growth and development.

The Commissions of inquiry, he said, would not only discover stolen public funds and properties from former Government officials, but would also critically identify deficiencies in the system and the way Government is run.

“We must draw the line on the culture of impunity in this country; civil and public servants must act with integrity, impartiality and fairness,” President Bio warned, stressing, “We would not hesitate to deal with anyone going contrary.”

Commenting on the retreat, the Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman  Swaray reiterated that President Bio would not in any way accept tardiness and corruption in his administration, and that anybody who falls foul will not only face the law but will also be named and shamed.