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|MPW Second Quarterly Regional Forum Ends In Voinjama|
|Published on June 21, 2011||Email To Friend Print Version
( Monrovia, June 20, 2011)…..Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, II at the head of a high power MPW delegation comprising Engineers and members of the Senior Management team has concluded the second regional quarterly meeting with Resident Engineers and technical staff from four counties including Lofa, Nimba, Bong and Margibi Counties.
The meeting which took place in Voinjama City on 16th June 2011, afforded MPW senior management team the opportunity to meet with regional field staff to solicit feedbacks on their daily and operational activities, to enhance interactive dialogue, update them on policy and administrative decisions as well as develop team-building momentum and esprit de corps.
At the end of a day-long forum, Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods recognized the many contributions employees of the Ministry were rendering in the process of nation- building commending them for the commitment and dedication to duty. He said in spite of their areas of assignments, Resident Engineers and local employees are ambassadors of the Ministry and as such their activities and conduct in and outside of the Ministry should reflect excellence and hard work at all times.
The Works Minister then reminded all Resident Engineers and County Coordinators in attendance to take note and remain determine in implementing the MPW policy on community intervention requesting and application procedures which was recently approved by the cabinet thus avoiding the multiplicity of requests coming directly from communities without taking into consideration timing, resources, and many other cogent factors.
In terms of contract documentation and being in control of emerging projects as Resident Engineers, Minister Woods without hesitation warned Resident Engineers who allow projects to commence in their various areas of assignment without knowing the detail of said initiative to desist as such negligent attitude will no longer be countenanced come the next dry season.
Commenting earlier, the Resident Engineers of Bong, Nimba, Margibi and Lofa Counties commended the administration for the forum and said it was the first time in several years and expressed hope and optimism that the Senior Management Team will continue to promote such healthy dialogue; a novelty at the Ministry of Public Works.
For his part, Lofa County Resident Engineer Robert Gibson stressed the need for local recruitment aim at beefing-up the manpower level in various regional offices thus ensuring efficiency and productivity in the field.
Other specialists of the Ministry of Public Works, who accompanied the Minister, took time to brief the gathering on new policies and reporting format and how to track deliverables relating to the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). Andrew Kear, Director of Human Resources and Training explained some segments of the draft HR policy including the recruitment and termination of employee, lunch hours, overtime and short term employment issues. For his part, Comptroller Abraham B. Samukai provided details on perdium, overtime and resettlement allowances. Michael Kpayili from the Communications Division spoke on the draft MPW Communications policy and other issues relating to public information outreach in rural Liberia. Sam Nagbe-M&E Consultant gave an overview of the new format in submitting reports and progress made by MPW during the current fiscal year.
The Lofa County regional forum is the second of its kind in recent months. The first quarterly regional forum was held in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County in March and brought together Resident Engineers and county coordinators from Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Maryland, RiverGee and Sinoe Counties.