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15th August 2018

Deadline Ends Today as Diplomats & Press Attaches Pack their Luggage and Quit!

By Elkass Sannoh (30/04/18)

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio has relieved all Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Press Attachés effective today April 30.

 

Reports say this mass house cleaning exercise by the SLPP government of President Bio is a bid to robustly control economic wastages and roll out his development trajectory plans through the New Direction. (Photo: President Bio reshuffling Sierra Leone embassies around the world).

Invoking Executive Order No. 2, pursuant to Government’s continuing commitment to implement expenditure control as part of its efforts for financing development programmes, President Bio also ordered that with immediate effect the purchase of vehicles by all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and public corporations is banned until a new Fleet Management Policy is put in place.

In the State House press release, President Bio further ordered that all public sector employees with the exception of those under charged emoluments and those covered by an Act of Parliament who have attained the retirement age of 60 years are relieved of their duty effective May 31st, 2018. Accordingly, the Accountant General and the respective heads of MDAs are authorised to remove the names of such persons from the payroll by that date.

The statement affirmed that payment for fuel, telephone and internet services to public servants in Ministries, Departments and Agencies for their residences are suspended with immediate effect pending a new benefit policy.

"In line with Section 23 of the Bank of Sierra Leone Act 2011, prices for contracts shall be quoted and payable only in the local currency (Leone)," the release added, stating that all existing contracts already quoted in foreign currency shall therefore be paid in Leones.

The release went further to state that all new contracts by MDAs and public corporations should be cleared by the Ministry of Finance to ensure they do not constitute a financial risk to the national budget.

All revenues collected by Sierra Leone’s diplomatic missions overseas shall be transferred to the Consolidated Revenue Fund with immediate effect. By the same token, the Ministry of Finance will effect regular disbursements to support their operations.

All MDAs and public corporations shall refrain from any new recruitment without the prior approval of the Office of the President.

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