The structural organization of the Ministry has the Minister, at the apex, his Deputy; the Permanent Secretary, Directors of Communication and Information. The two directors are in charge of the Communications and Information Directorates.
The Administration Directorate has two Deputy Secretaries, two Assistant Secretaries, the Procurement Officer, the Accountant, the Staff Superintendent, Graded Clerks and two Messengers.
The Administration Directorate is the coordinating body of the Ministry. It provides vital services for the entire Ministry including procurement of goods and services, provision of stationery, toiletries and other working logistics. The head of the Administrative Directorate is the Permanent Secretary. He is third in command after the Minister and his Deputy. He is the Chief Adviser to the Minister on strategic planning and development of policies. He liaises with Heads of the other Directorates for expert advice, when necessary. He is also the Vote Controller and Accounting Officer responsible to the Minister. He ensures that all procurements have value for money and that the finances are properly managed. The Administration Division is very strong. You may wish to rely on the Senior officials and coach the junior ones.
The Communications Directorate has a Director of Communications; two Deputy Directors, one for policy and the other for e-Government; seven Chief Technology Officers; 16 ICT Managers, fifteen Senior ICT Officers, Nine ICT Officers, twenty four Assistant ICT Officers, twenty three IT Technicians Level 1 and fourteen I. T Technicians, Level II. However, a good number of staff has been posted to Ministries, Departments and Government Agencies.
The Communication Directorate develops and manages Government’s website including that of State House. It liaises with NATCOM and IMC on matters of Communications strategy and policy development in order to ensure that the views of the Regulator and those responsible for implementation are heard. It also liaises with the mobile phone companies and internet service providers. There is an ICT Council chaired by His Excellency the President. The work of the Council is facilitated by the Director of Communications. In the past ICT experts evaded the Civil Service because of low salaries and incentives. This has become a thing of the past as the salaries of the ICT Cadre has been dramatically increased. It may also be worthy to point out that the Directorate liaises with all ICT related projects under the purview of the Ministry including the West African Regional Communications Integrated Project, WARCIP; the ECOWAS Regional Backbone Infrastructure and e-Governance, ECOWAN Sierra Leone; the National Optical Backbone. The Communication Directorate could be relied upon.
The Directorate of Information in the Ministry of Information and Communications is responsible for all mass media and public education activities. It plays a critical role in the implementation of the strategies aimed at ensuring universal access to information. These will include:
- Formulation, interpretation and implementation of government information policies, programmes and strategies
- Gathering, processing, packaging and disseminating information on Government programmes and projects
- Creating awareness on the Constitution of Sierra Leone and the country’s national agenda through its national, regional and district information structures.
- Provide access to information to the public as provided for in the RIAC
- Tap and utilise modern technology to make available to the public accurate and timely news and information.
In achieving the above, the Ministry employed Government Information officers (GIOs)/Outreach to serve as key figures in the provision of public information at the central government level. These individuals were otherwise known as spokespersons, press officers, press attachés, public affairs officers, or public information officers. The GIOs/Outreach over the years are assigned to the various Government MDAs and at regional/district levels.