In a historic move that has garnered admiration from all quarters, Chief Minister David Moinina Sengeh has embarked on a journey of transformational change right from his own office. On August 16th, 2023, Chief Minister Sengeh took the reins of change management within his own workspace, setting a remarkable precedent for the entire government machinery.

At the heart of this transformation is the Chief Minister’s determination to lead by example. His office, strategically established as the technical hub of the presidency’s delivery unit, now stands as a driving force behind President Bio’s “New Direction” manifesto agenda. A central tenet of this manifesto is the imperative to overhaul the public sector for heightened efficiency and effectiveness—a monumental task that requires unwavering dedication, transparency, and focus.

Chief Minister Dr David Moinina Sengeh has demonstrated his commitment as a leader by initiating a comprehensive revamp of performance management across Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs). This visionary step exemplifies his dedication to strengthening the government’s decision-making prowess. In line with the manifesto’s fourth pillar—focused on restructuring the public service, bolstering accountability, enhancing professionalism, and optimizing service delivery—this functional review serves as a pivotal milestone in the larger transformational journey.

Transforming institutions requires a strategic approach that encompasses institutional goals, processes, and technologies. Chief Minister Sengeh’s approach to change management recognizes key elements such as culture, communication, courage, and compassion. His belief in openness, transparency, inclusivity, and cost-effectiveness have resulted in a comprehensive strategy that resonates with all stakeholders.

Notably, the involvement of current office staff and relevant stakeholders showcases the Chief Minister’s ability to foster engagement, reduce resistance, and facilitate seamless acceptance of change. By leveraging internal expertise and resources, the transformational process is driven not only by intent but also by action, leading to positive outcomes for the entire nation.

Furthermore, Chief Minister Sengeh’s shrewd decision to engage an internal institution for this critical task demonstrates his astute financial stewardship. In contrast to the past, where external agencies often came with exorbitant costs and protracted timelines, this initiative highlights the wealth of skilled professionals within the public service. Chief Minister Sengeh’s emphasis on identifying, recognizing, and supporting these professionals underscores his commitment to harnessing the talent within the government’s ranks.

Chief Minister David Moinina Sengeh’s illustrious track record, particularly his exemplary contributions to the Ministry of Basic Education and his extensive cabinet-level experience, makes his rapid achievements in office far from surprising. As the steward supervising all government MDAs, he has swiftly transitioned from words to actions, effectively demonstrating that transformational change begins with a sincere commitment to internal improvement.

In this era of change, Chief Minister Sengeh stands as a beacon of inspiration for leaders and citizens alike. His dedication to innovation, his strategic approach to transformation, and his belief in the capabilities of the nation’s public service workforce serve as a testament to his leadership and the potential of Sierra Leone’s future. Under his guidance, the journey of transformation from within is set to lead the nation towards a brighter and more prosperous tomorrow.

Credit: Community Relations/Citizens Engagement Unit, Office of the Chief Minister