Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Director of PSRU, Georgiana Kamara said, the Unit has been in operation since January 2002, when it was first known as the Governance Reform Secretariat, but has since been changed to Public Sector Reform Unit in 2008, adding that its mandate remains the same. Mrs. Kamara also said that the Unit provides leadership, coordination and strategic guidance in the implementation of all public sector reform initiatives in Sierra Leone, and as well takes the lead in the coordination and integration of all reforms within a coherent, dynamic and holistic manner for the Public Sector of Sierra Leone.
Speaking further on the significance of the MOU signed with the ACC, Mrs. Kamara underscored that PSRU is highly appreciative of the efforts of the Commission in combating corruption and promoting accountability and transparency in public life, stressing that it is against such backdrop that the PSRU has decided to forge a lasting relationship with the Commission so as to ensure accountability in all Public Sector reform initiatives.
In his statement, Deputy Commissioner ACC, Augustine Foday Ngobie expressed his appreciation for the efforts of public institutions in forging a workable relationship with the ACC. He however noted that, in the past, many MOUs after being signed, little was done to get the best out of those partnerships, something he believes the ACC seeks to change.
“The PSRU and the ACC are major State institutions who have recognized the individual roles both are playing for the development of the country. This signing is therefore historic in the sense that we have to go beyond the mere signing of an MOU as it has been in the past. With the leadership of the ACC, under The People's Commissioner- Francis Ben-Kaifala Esq., the Commission has moved away from such attitude and considers its work as being part of the spirit of ‘talking and doing. Now that the PSRU has decided to enter into partnership with the ACC through the signing of this MOU, to join the fight against corruption, we highly welcome you and assure you of the Commission’s commitment to ensuring that together, we all can clamp down on corruption" Mr. Ngobie added.