Mr. Osman S. Kamara was assigned to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs by the Director General of HRMO (Human Resources Management Office), Mr. A. R. Baryoh.
Sometime last week, Mr. Kamara told Radio Democracy 98.1 that, he had been forced out of his office by the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden and the doors of his offices welded on the instructions of the Minister.
He said that, as a civil servant, he did not put up any resistance because he did not want to fall foul of the Civil Service Code of Conduct. “I packed my bag and my private laptop and left the office peacefully” he told Radio Democracy 98.1.
According to Mr. Kamara, he had formally informed his bosses at the HRMO and he was awaiting further instructions from them.
In an interview with her own newspaper (Awareness Times) on Tuesday 4th July, 2017 the Minister had this to say, “I have changed the locks and welded that particular office room shut. I have also served letters on the two errant characters that I don’t want them showing up in this Ministry as long as I am the one leading it”.
The Minister said that it was the right thing to do “to protect the image of the Government”.
The other staff member affected by the Minister’s rash decision is the Deputy Director of Human Resources in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Madam Rebecca Saffa.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for HRMO told the Global Times last night that the issue was being handled at the highest level of Government. “I can assure you that the Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service is very much aware of this matter”, he said.
Many people have described the action of the Minister as an act of gangsterism. “I have never witnessed such untoward behavior of a sitting Cabinet Minister throughout my thirty six years in the Civil Service”, a retired Senior Permanent Secretary told the Global Times last night.
Mr. Osman Kamara was unavailable for comment as we went to press last night.