Over 3000 civil servants exited public service in 2017


By: Aja Musu Bah-Daffeh

The Public Service Commission (PSC) asserted that the cumulative total of the servants who exited from the civil service in 2017 is banked at 3540 compared to a total of 1351 in 2019.

The exit was recognized through dismissals, retirements, transfers of service as well as resignation and that represents a percentage decline of 58% of the people leaving the civil service.

These remarks were made during the presentation of their consolidated activity report and financial statement of the years ended 2017 to 2019 to the public enterprise committee (PEC) of the National Assembly for consideration on Tuesday 18 January, 2022.

As part of their activities in 2018 and 2019, the Data analysis of study leave with salary, has been confirmed by PSC that it declined from 2133 in 2018 to 1245 in 2019 which represents a percentage decline of 24%.

“The study leave stated is centralized and monitored at the Personnel Management Office in 2019. Therefore, the ministries, departments and agencies do not have the leverage to support lo term training oversea,” the PSC said.

In terms of their promotion modalities, PSC highlighted that there is an increase in the number of promotions from 317 in 2018 to 692 in 2019 representing a percentage increase of 118%.

Based on their contract appointing, it was revealed that the contract appointment has been surged from 180 in 2017 to 205 in 2019 adding that represents a percentage increase of 14%. However, they emphasized that this happened due to the unavailability of specialized skills in most MDAs and the higher demand pf contract appointment from the retirees.

In their Budgetary Constraints, explained that the budget of the commission has not increased much to accommodate its program of work. Therefore, the office would like to extend its service to government agencies that draw up their policies and inspirations from the work of the commission and personnel management office.

“The commission will not relent in its quest for a more effective, modern and innovative civil and public service. We will continue to strive in maintaining a highly qualified, profession and proactive civil servant that would always ensure an active and result oriented management practices to promote the development of the country,” PSC vehemently promised.

PSC is tasked under section 174 (6) of the 1997 Constitution of the Gambia to present to the National Assembly annual report of its activities. Hence, they aim be a highly independent, competent, transparent and accountable PSC with the ability to identify, recruit competent and qualified personnel to ensure efficient civil service.