Officials of government here present, invited guest, our distinguished civil servants, staff of the Civil Service Agency, ladies and gentlemen of the press, fellow Liberians:
This is the day that the lord has made, and we will rejoice and be glad in it. Allow me to welcome all of you to the all-important program. As we celebrate this occasion, member countries of the African Union are likewise in Kigali, Rwanda today.
The celebration of the Public Service Day has become an annual event, which brings us together to reflect on the gains we have made each year in service delivery.
This idea was conceived at the 6th conference of the ministers of public service in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2008. The conference adopted a strategy aimed at engagements by which African ministers of public service would address the challenges of governance and public administration on the African continent.
The purpose of the celebration, among other things, is to strengthen collaboration between member states of the African Union, recognize the work done by champions of the civil service reform initiatives and to appreciate the achievements in the governance and public administration in Africa.
Since the inception of the government in 2006, there has been a very good involvement in service delivery across the county, for which we want to use this occasion to thank Her Excellency, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President of the Republic of Liberia.
At the level of the Civil Service Agency, we have developed Human Resource Manual, revised the Standing Orders for Civil Service, and developed job descriptions for all positions in the Civil Service. We have also introduced the biometric identification that has improved our human resource management information system.
Most important of all, the Civil Service Agency has automated the Civil Service Examinations. Hopefully, beginning the next fiscal period, candidates will be required to take the CSA test by means of computer. This means that if one is not computer literate, he or she will not take the tests.
All those who wish to sit the CSA tests need to go to computer school now to learn to use computer because tests are computerized. These are achievements that we need to celebrate. We wish to thank all our dedicated and committed civil servants across the country.
We want to also thank the staffs that work in our various offices and in the field. We want to thank also, the nurses, the doctors, the teachers, the hardworking staffs of the CSA and all employees of Government.
May God bless you, may God bless Liberia.