CSA Enforces Code of Conduct - Ministries Sign Bond
Deputy Ministers and other junior level government officials yesterday participated in a one-day seminar organized by the Civil Service Agency (CSA) to make expletive information contained in the ‘code of conduct’ document which came into effect through executive order #38 in early January.
The Deputy Ministers responsible for administration including some personnel Directors and Financial Comptrollers of various government ministries were drilled through the intricacies, challenges, prospects and benefits to be derived from the code of conduct by the lead facilitator Mr. M. Nathaniel Barnes.
In brief opening remarks, CSA Director General Dr. C. William Allen said the code of conduct for government officials especially those serving under the executive branch was necessary to institute trust, integrity and honesty in public service.
Dr. Allen noted that the code of conduct was an essential tool for accountability and transparency in the public sector as government strives to ameliorate the act of dishonesty which is reportedly saturating the society.
The CSA boss indicated that those attending the seminar are required to convey the information gained to other government workers under their supervision as all government officials,including civil servants throughout Liberia would be required to sign the code of conduct.
He pointed out that the code of conduct would address pertinent issues including civic responsibilities and professionalism, ethics, political participation, the use of public funds, properties, bribes and conflict of interest but the code of conduct does not cover members of the national legislature.
Meanwhile, all public officials who attended yesterday’s seminar signed the code of conduct at the end of the program as a demonstration of their sincerity to the instrument.
It can be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first to sign the document in early January this year after assuming office for a second term.
Tuesday’s seminar was conducted by AURORA, a management consultancy, headed by former Finance Minister Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes.