Voluntary Cleaning Up by Civil Servants at the Ministerial Complex

Dioda Wreh-Seekey & Robert Serge Saint-Pé

On May 10, 2024, civil servants from government entities within the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Ministerial Complex voluntarily embarked on an unprecedented and historic general cleaning-up exercise in and around the complex, drawing the attention and commendations of Liberians who described the gesture as a great sense of nationalism.

During the launch, the Director-General of the CSA and lead coordinator of the exercise, Hon. Josiah F. Joekai, Jr., said this is historic and unprecedented, meaning it is the first-of-its-kind of initiative by civil Servants, and he thanked staff for coming out in readiness and taking ownership of the process of creating a more hygienic environment. The initiative is the Ministerial Complex’s first cleaning exercise and aims to maintain the standard of cleanliness, functionality, and a sanitary space within the complex, promoting a favorable environment for governmental operations.

“This effort from the six government institutions clearly shows that we are ready to collaborate and bring development to the agenda of President Joseph Boakai,” Hon. Joekai asserted.

Also, speaking, Hon. Galakpai Kortimai, Director-General of the General Service Agency (GSA), who served as the exercise’s chief launcher in proxy for the H.E. Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, on behalf of the Vice President of the Republic, thanked the Inter-ministerial Council within the EJS Ministerial Complex for such nationalistic thought and action that is worth the emulation of every governmental entity. He thereby called on all governmental institutions to prioritize environmental stewardship and maintenance, emphasizing that the GSA will play a critical role in ensuring that all public buildings are well-maintained and conducive to all occupants.

Expressing their respective excitement of the exercise, the President of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), Madam Mary W. M. Nyumah, and the President of the Civil Servants Association of Liberia (CSAL), Mr. Moibah K. Johnson, provided their respective intakes of the clean-up exercise by applauding the institutions for taking such initiative, pledged their support, and cautioned the organizers to go beyond the EJS Ministerial Complex by extending the gesture to all government agencies and ministries for a more hygienic environment.

The Inter-ministerial Council, led by Civil Service Agency (CSA) Director-General Hon. Josiah F. Joekia, Jr., is in determined effort to ensure the maintenance and upkeep of the prestigious Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (EJS) Ministry Complex. The cleaning exercise was conducted by staff of all six government institutions at the EJS Complex and joined by the General Service Agency, which encompassed a range of activities, including, but not limited to, the sanitation of office spaces, the removal of clutter, the cutting of grass, and the maintenance of public areas. Additionally, measures are being implemented by the GSA to streamline waste management processes and promote eco-friendly practices within the complex.

This historic initiative represents a significant step forward in the ongoing efforts to maintain the EJS Ministerial Complex’s integrity and efficiency. As the Inter-ministerial Council remains steadfast in its resolve to prioritize the maintenance and upkeep of the EJS Ministerial Complex. Through sustained efforts and collaborative endeavors, the council endeavors to ensure that the complex continues to serve as a bastion of administrative excellence for years to come

The Inter-ministerial Council comprises the Civil Service Agency, the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Ministry of Education.

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