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|Published on May 29, 2009||Email To Friend Print Version
By Marcus Zoleh
The Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) Dr. William Allen has challenged university and college graduates to proof their academic credentials as a mean of being qualified to get employed in the public sector.
Speaking Wednesday when he addressed the United Methodist University Intellectual Discourse on the theme ‘Renewing the Civil Service: Role and Prospects for New Graduates’, Dr. Allen said one must be qualified for the job that they apply for in order to get a possible employment into the public sector.
He noted that when competent and qualified people are in the employ of the public sector, it will help to build a vibrant civil service and will also give a good representation of the public sector.
According to Dr. Allen, some university graduates perform poorly even in the preparation of their resumes, something he said does not in any way encourage any employer.
Meanwhile, students of the United Methodist University have argued that employments into the public and private sectors are based on ‘demerit’, and in such situation, qualified college and university graduates are being denied employment opportunities.
They said employment on the bases of ‘demerit’ has created what they called “the Spoil System” into the Liberian society when it comes to job opportunities.
Dr. Allen, in his response confirmed that employments on the basis of ‘demerit,’ had been the way of employment in the past, but said it is gradually being dealt with by his administration.
Dr. Allen stressed that one of the key problems affecting the CSA is ‘technology’ and not man power. He added that incompetency and lack of good moral conduct are part of the problems.
Commenting on Representative Nuefville proposal for the least paid Civil Servant to get a monthly salary of US$150, Dr. Allen said the government is not in the right position to raise civil servants minimum’s salary to that level.
He asserted that increment in civil servants salaries is a gradual process.
Dr. Allen furthered that the salary structure for civil servants in this fiscal year budget is attractive, taking into account the budget priorities.