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Somalia tasks spy agency to collect data on public servants

Wednesday October 7, 2020

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Somalia’s intelliegence agency NISA has rolled out a a staff audit and data collection on all civil servants in what the government said was aimed at streaming personnel accountability in the public sector.

Labour and Social Affairs Minister Sadiq Warfa said in a directive to all government ministries, departments and agencies to collaborate with the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) officials as they conduct the exercise.

The Minister also urged all government ministries to provide necessary support including office space for the detectives to roll out the programme but did not specify the timelines.

There have been reports in the past of ghost workers in government protected by powerful officials.

Somalia has a total workforce of less than 10,000 in the public service some of whom are seconded andd paid for by donor organisations to lead the implementation of certain projects, capacity support and injection.

It was not clear in the minister’s letter which kind of information the detectives will be collecting.


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