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PMO To Introduce Biometric Time Attendance System At Gov’t Institutions

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Mr. Momodou Bah
Director, Management Service and Inspectorate Division, Personnel Management Office 

By Lamin B. Darboe, Information Officer, PMO Director, 

Director, Management Service and Inspectorate Division (MSID), Personnel Management Office (PMO), Mr. Momodou Bah has revealed that his Division’s is working on  introducing the Biometric Time and Attendance System at all Government institutions.           

“Coming-up with Biometric Time and Attendance System at all Government institutions is premised on the civil service Reform Programme 2018-2027, which identifies punctuality and discipline as major issues requiring urgent action,” he said. 

Based on PMO verification exercise Mr. Bah said, over 90% of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) have already procured the device and are being mounted and utilized.

“We envisaged that the introduction of the electronic clock-in-device will help to improve attendance, ensure punctuality, and increase workforce productivity within civil service,” Mr. Bah, expressed.

The MSID Director said this on Friday in an interview with Gambia Daily during which he also spelt out his Division’s main roles and responsibilities.

The Division’s mandates include formulation and review of schemes of service, staff inspection, job evaluation, and grading, confirmation in appointment, manpower Budgeting and control, transfer of service, and recovery of wrongful salaries. 

“My Division is also responsible for verification of vacancies in the civil service; before they are announced by the Public Service Commission (PSC). We do carry out monitoring of the Punctuality of Civil Servants, and quarterly payroll review of Sectors,” Mr. Bah informed.

Mr. Bah highlighted that the MSID has done a tremendous job in some of the mentioned areas, especially in the formulation and review of schemes of service and the Manpower budgeting and control. 

As we speak, a lot of cadres schemes have been developed, the latest one to be developed in 2022 was the Personal Assistant Cadre (PAC), Bah continued.

He said the cadre emerged as a result of the restructuring of the Secretarial Cadre aimed at addressing the redundancies associated with the cadre. 

“These schemes serve as a guide during recruitment and promotion for officers in the different cadres in the Civil Service. Concerning the Manpower Budgeting and Control,” Mr. Bah said.

He explained that his Division holds budget sessions annually with MDAs where they agree on staff levels in terms of the number of posts and grades to ensure that agreed levels are not exceeded in the workforce budget terms and that the existing posts are justified and continue to remain necessary and relevant. 

Mr. Bah finally assured that his Division will continue to execute its mandate for effective and efficient service delivery for the citizenry.  

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