Kaleidoscope of New Permanent Secretary

The Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) has appointed Mr. David Wayland Sinford Banya as the new Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

psMr. David Wayland Sinford Banya

His appointment came on the 10th December 2014, replacing his predecessor, Sadiq Mamoud Kapuwa.

In this kaleidoscope, the professional administrative profile is presented to scale up administrative and professional action in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

David Wayland Sinford Banya was recruited into the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment of the Sierra Leone Civil Service as an Administrative Officer (Cadet) in May 1993, and posted to the then Department of Finance, Development and Economic Planning (Development and Economic Planning Division) where he served in various Units including the ECOWAS and Social Service Units before he was designated as the Liaison Officer between the Administrative and Professional (Central Planning Unit) Wings of the Department.

His dedication to work, commitment to the improvement of the Department and determination to the development to the country at large earned him promotion to the rank of Senior Assistant Secretary in 1997.

In the year 2000, Mr. Banya was posted to the Ministry of Defence to head the Directorate of Finance and Budget in the restructured Ministry of Defence, and later promoted to the rank of Deputy Secretary in 2007 where he remained in post. As Deputy Secretary he was put in charge of the Department of Finance and Administration. His major responsibilities included taking lead in the preparation of the Defence budget and supporting the Director-General for its implementation, particularly focusing on the suitability and probity of expenditure.

In total, Mr. Banya remained in post in the Ministry of Defence for eight years with unblemished record and absolute respect by the rank and files of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) and their civilian counterparts including staff of DFID and UK Ministry of Defence sent to Sierra Leone to help in the restructuring of the Armed Forces. Was substantive Deputy Secretary, and acted as Director General of the Ministry of Defence on two occasions, where he delivered a number of lectures to RSLAF and International Military Advisory Training Team (IMATT) personnel in the Horton Academic at Leicester Square.

After eight years of hard work, it was considered appropriate for Mr. Banya to take a well-deserved break, and proceeded on leave in October, 2008.He resumed in June, 2009 and was posted to the Ministry of Transport and Aviation as Deputy Secretary. Mr. Banya represented the Ministry of Transport and Aviation on the Boards of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority and the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority, and was also the main liaison between the Ministry of Transport and Aviation and the Sierra Leone Airport Authority.

He was deeply involved in the renovation at the international airport in Lungi including the Presidential Lounge, expansion of the Airport Terminal Building and pavement of the runway.

On the trust of the then Minister of Transport and Aviation (Hon. Momodu Allieu Pat-Sowe), he served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Airport Transfer Project and became the Principal Signatory to the Project Accounts; assignments that were the reserve of the Minister.

With his oversight and supervision of the Airport Transfer Project, Mr. Banya until his posting in 2001 was involved in the construction of Jetties and Terminal Buildings at Government Wharf, Kissy Terminal and Targrin, and the Helipads in Lungi and Aberdeen.

In October 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Acting Director (Ag. Permanent Secretary) and posted to the Human Resource Management Office to set up the new Directorate of Performance Management. As a new Directorate with all its complexities, Mr. Banya stood out clear in matching the challenges of a new and structured concept and the implementation ramifications, including managing acceptability and the effects of change. He was charged principally with the responsibility of coordinating the appraisal of performance of civil servants – promoting individual accountability by cascading Ministerial Contracts down to the level of all civil servants.

Under the leadership of Mr. Banya, the Directorate designed a new appraisal tool that will eventually replace the Annual Confidential Report method of assessment, achieved a number of Disbursement Linked Indicators set by the Government of Sierra Leone and world Bank; the achievement of which acquired the sum of US$1 Million for the Government of Sierra Leone Treasury.

He holds a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Development Management from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in History and Political Science from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.

In 2001 he acquired Certificates in “Developing Tomorrow’s Managers” from the Civil Service College in the UK and “Governance and the Management of Defence from Cranfield University also in the UK. In 2002, gained a DFID bursary, and attended a prestigious Financial Management Course at the St. Christopher House in London. Mr. Banya in 2004 secured another DFID bursary and attended another Financial Management Course at the Omega Centre for Management and Development in Nelsprit in South Africa. He also attended Seminars in Senior Leadership and management, and series of Military related courses in Sweden.

The newly appointed Permanent Secretary insists on the formation and making functional the structures that will aid management, the clarity of roles in the Ministry; and team approach to work to take the Ministry of Health and Sanitation forward.

His hobbies are reading and soccer, and happily married with five children.