Somaliland: Government to Upgrade Universities, Evaluate Casual Labourers in the Civil Service

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President Muse Bihi chairs the 61st Somaliland council of ministers Session held through video conference 

Somalilandsun: The 61st session of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Somaliland concluded with agreement on a number of points that are imperative to development of specific sectors in the country.
As has been since Covid-19 became a pandemic the weekly meeting was conducted electronically via Video Conference and chaired by the President of the Republic of Somaliland, HE Muse Bihi Abdi,from his offices at the presidency in Hargeisa where he was flanked by flanked a by the Vice President of the Republic of Somaliland, HE Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail (Saylici) .
The agenda which was discussed in detail included was the general state of education in the country, non-permanent employees in various government agencies, the civil service law and the national employment policy in Somaliland.

First, the Minister of Education and Science briefed the council on the state of education in the country as well as the goals of decentralization, enhancing education and expanding education across the country. The Minister noted that 1,516 (one thousand, five hundred and sixteen) settlements in Somaliland comprising 620 (six hundred and twenty) settlements equivalent to forty percent (40%) do not have basic education services and He pointed out that in the next three years, the ministry plans to provide education services in these settlements, while they are working to decentralize education across the country.

The Minister noted that they are in the process of upgrading the various levels of education, adding that they have started upgrading public universities, as well as making plans to upgrade private universities.

Vice President Abdirahamn Sayli  at the 61st Somaliland council of ministers Session held through video conference

The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Somaliland has also decided to implement the decisions made by the Council of Ministers led by the Vice President of the Republic of Somaliland consisting of seven ministers and the chairman of the Civil Service Commission, who were previously tasked with deciding to come to a final decision on how to manage the temporary staff in various government agencies, which are as follows:

  1. That the number of temporary staff included in the report shared by the Public Service Commission with the Council of Ministers to 1,009 (one thousand nine) people from 19 ministries and 9 agencies should be monitored, evaluated and verified. create and produce an official final list. 2. That the members who appear on the official list of temporary staff be recognized as members of an internship working with the ministries and agencies to which they belong and that they are registered on a temporary basis. Civil Servants 2020. 3. That in accordance with the recruitment and selection process of the Public Service Commission, all registered members of the public service shall be included in the 2021 budget, and that each ministry and agency shall have the official number registered with the Public Service Commission. civil servants to contribute to their 2021 budget projections. 4. The Ministries of Health and Education, which do not include the number of temporary staff referred to in Article 1, who have not submitted their lists, have been decided to postpone and distribute them for 2 consecutive years, as their number most likely from 2023 to 2024. 5. The recruitment of interim members of government ministries and agencies for any purpose has been officially stopped and banned. A department or agency that hires temporary staff after this decision is considered illegal in violation of labor laws. Finally, the cabinet of the Republic of Somaliland approved by a majority vote the amended Civil Service Law, and postponed the debate on Somaliland’s National Employment Policy by the Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Family Affairs. led.

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