The chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) has disclosed that a total of 1, 293 people were appointed into the civil service in 2012, while noting that the said body approved 33 applications for voluntary retirement during the year under review.
The PSC chair, G.O Bright, made this disclosure Wednesday while presenting to the members of the Public Accounts and Enterprise Committees (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly the annual activity report of the Commission for the year ended 31st December, 2012.
He informed the members that 611 promotions were approved in 2012 as recommended by their heads of department. This figure, he told PAC/PEC, has increased over 80% compared to 2011 when only 386 was approved.
"A civil servant is qualified for confirmation in his /her appointment after satisfactorily serving three years in the service and after passing a medical test. He/she should also be recommended by his/her head of department. The head of department can also recommend for one's confirmation of appointment to be accelerated as a result of one's hard work and commitment to duty. Thus the Commission approved 413 confirmations in appointments in 2012," he explained.
Chairman Bright also told the session that the year under review saw 89 civil servants who attained the age of 60 retired from the Civil Service. This figure, he added, has increased compared to 2011 when only 49 were recorded.
The PSC chair also informed that 15 civil servants resigned in 2012. He explained that in accordance with the rules, an officer may resign his appointment by giving one month's notice in writing or pay one month's salary in lieu of notice. He however noted that an officer cannot resign from the civil service while he/she is the subject of disciplinary proceedings.
Meanwhile, a senior procurement officer at The Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA), Ibrahima Sanyang, attested that the Commission was found to be partially complaint. However the PSC report got the blessings of the PAC/PEC members after it underwent a thorough scrutiny.