The Civil Service Agency, through the Rural Outreach Directorate headed by Mr. Daniel F. Poawalio, led a five-member delegation to six (6) Southeastern counties of Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh from May 21 -28, 2019. Members of the delegation included the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Director-General and Special Representative of the Director-General, Mrs. Theodosia Clark-Wah, the CSA Webmaster and Acting Communications Officer, Mr. Melvin Pawa, the Regional Officer for Region IV, Mr. Jonathan Reeves, and the Regional Officer for Region II, Mr. Freddie D. Goe.
The purpose of the Visit was to unveil the CSA decentralization plans to county authorities and Civil Servants in the counties through various heads of MACs and to also listen to their civil service related concerns. According to Director Poawalio, it is the vision of the Director-General of the CSA, Hon. Laurine Wede Johnson, to ensure that the Civil Service Agency’s services are decentralized to all counties of the Republic of Liberia so as to ease the work of Civil Servants who will have to leave theirduty posts, pay nearly all of their salaries just to come to Monrovia to have payroll and employment related issues resolved This is something that Hon. Johnson has seen as a major challenge for Civil Servants across the country.
Mr. Poawalio also said, with these Offices of the CSA established in the counties, it will enhance the capacity of civil servants where capacity needs will be determined by Civil Service representatives who would be stationed in the 15 counties. This would help to minimize the many challenges faced by civil servants. He further said that the Civil Service Agency will need the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders, including county authorities and heads of MACs to achieve this vision by providing office space and relevant information needed by the CSA to carry on its work.
For her part, the Director-General’s Representative, Mrs. Theodosia Clark-Wah added that the Director-General of CSA, Hon. Laurine Wede Johnson, has a great interest in the decentralization of CSA related services and that she is fully aware that the CSA has been having some huddles in the distribution of the Biometric ID Cards to government employees in the counties. However, she reassured that under the leadership of Hon. Johnson, the distribution of Biometric ID Cards had already begun in Monrovia and its environs, while the ID Cards for the various counties have already been processed and distribution will soon begin through the regional officers.
Finally participants in each county were allowed to voice out their concerns and challenges and the CSA Team made clarifications on some issues and took notes on critical ones to be forwarded to the office of the Director-General.