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|Published on July 31, 2006||Email To Friend Print Version
The Civil Service Agency (CSA) and the United Nations Development Program will today jointly conduct a seminar for Liberian journalists on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government’s rightsizing and downsizing policy.
The focus of the seminar is to identify the media role in informing the Liberian public about government’s rightsizing of the public sector, says CSA Director General C. William Allen.
According to a communication addressed to this to this paper signed by Dr. Allen, presenters will provide media practitioners with in-dept information on government’s rightsizing initiative.
The government has said its workforce is too huge and needed to be cut down to promote efficiency and better salaries for civil servants. The continuing exercise has already affected thousands of civil servants, further increasing the country’s already high unemployment rate said to be at 85%.
President Sirleaf announced during her campaign trails last year that she would reduce the civil service to an effective workforce that could be maintained for productivity upon assuming the presidency of Liberia.
She also promised that a Unity Party-led government would provide job opportunities for citizens. But many Liberians, especially those affected by the down and rightsizing policies have described the exercise as an intelligent way of getting citizens out of jobs.
In an April 27,2006 cabinet meeting held at the Executive Mansion, CSA Director Dr. Allen disclosed that about 48,000 persons were on government’s payroll and that government was losing about L$3million annually in bogus salaries and wages to “ghost names” on government’s payroll.
He said there were civil servants who received pay and did not go to work while others went to work but did not get pay and stressed the need for government to set record straight.
Though the rightsizing/downsizing policy has received serious criticism, it continues with no barrier. Those supporting the exercise term it as a clean up exercise in the civil service of the new Liberia