20 March 2014

Gambia: Civil Service Reform

editorial

As we have always stated, the sustainability of any national development endeavour largely depends on the efficiency of the state machinery. The more effective and efficient the state machinery is, the more the public staff submerge self in the service to the national interest before self and ensure that state resources are maximally utilised.

The attainment of such standardised state machinery would be hard to come by without hard work, sacrifice and commitment to national duty. The one-day conclave organised by the government to approach the civil service reform holistically was a fundamental necessity as the achievements of national development aspirations would be wishful thinking without greater commitment on the part of government officials and Gambians in general in working for the success and sustainability of our development process.

And the sustainability of those achievements and fulfillment of the aspirations of her people largely depends on the reform of the civil service for greater efficiency and effectiveness. We hope the entire reform package will make our public officials become more ambitious and move forward with the demands of development. We also hope that our civil servants would rise to the challenge brought forth by the ongoing reform and realise that development is no ordinary task; it requires the active involvement of all and sundry; besides, society is a system that operates efficiently through the equal functioning of all the sectors, a lapse in one sector easily creates a dysfunction in another and this retards progress.

What should therefore be the prime objective of our public staff is to commit themselves to the standards of best practices, be result-oriented and always match words with action in the delivery of their services, in addition to ensuring that state interest supercedes personal interest. They should also execute their various functions with honesty and a sense of responsibility.

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