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Social Welfare Ministry In Turmoil… Minister Hounds Director Out

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Social Welfare Ministry In Turmoil… Minister Hounds Director Out

The Assistant Director (North) in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Mrs. Josephine Saccoh has had the locks to her office door changed and ordered to report for duty in the Planning and Directorate Office at headquarters in Freetown.

Sources at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs told the Global Times yesterday that, the Minister, Dr. Sylvia Blyden, gave orders “to her boys” to change the locks on the door of Mrs. Saccoh’s office at the Ministry’s Regional Office at 14 Field Road in Makeni.

They told the Global Times that, she was extremely shocked by the decision of the Minister and had promised to make a formal report to the HRMO (Human Resources Management Office) in Freetown.

Mrs. Saccoh, according to sources in Makeni, has worked very hard to ensure that a Safe Home is established in Makeni, because of the high level of sexual abuse cases taking in the Northern Region.

The same sources told the Global Times that, since her office locks were changed on Saturday 8th July, Mrs. Saccoh had not been to the office because she was trying to avoid any confrontation with the new occupants sent in by the Minister.

Last week, the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Dr. Sylvia Blyden ordered the doors of the Human Resource department in her Ministry welded and two Civil Servants ordered out of their offices and told not to return to that Ministry again.

The Senior Human Resource Officer in the Ministry, Mr. Osman S. Kamara told the Global Times yesterday that, he was awaiting further instructions from his bosses because, right now, he is not doing anything. “I am waiting to be redeployed or officially withdrawn from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs”, he said.

All efforts to contact Mrs. Josephine Saccoh in Makeni last night proved unsuccessful. The Global Times was later informed that, she was on her way to Freetown.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kabakeh Noah has been unilaterally appointed by the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs to serve as Assistant Director (North) in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs.

One senior civil servant at HRMO in Freetown said last night, “What is happening in the Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Ministry is unprecedented…The Minister’s behavior is unbelievably scandalous…There is a turmoil in that Ministry and our bosses are very much aware of what is happening there”.

Investigations continue.

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