Why the New ONS Boss should be celebrated

Why the New ONS Boss should be celebrated

President Bio has appointed a rare gem in the person of Mr. Abdulai Caulker, a seasoned security sector operative, as National Security Coordinator. With over 22 years wealth of experience in the security sector of Sierra Leone, he is one of the few founding members of the Office of National Security (ONS), who played a pivotal role in talent-spotting and recruiting the current crop of senior Directors at the ONS. His appointment has been seen by many as the right choice, especially as the country heads towards elections in 2023. Mr. Caulker holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, and has several professional certifications, including, amongst others, in Security Sector Reform, Personnel Administration and Management, Human Resource Development, Trade Craft, Agent Targeting, National Security Coordination and Management of Emergencies, Investigating Techniques and Research Methods, Ethics and Integrity, Policy Analyst, Conflict Analyst and Mediation, Early Warning and Early Response, Educational Law, Management and Administration.Mr. Caulker has contributed immensely to ensuring that the ONS remains very strong and able to provide strategic leadership for the security sector of Sierra Leone, thus contributing its quota to the governance and democratisation process of Sierra Leone. He has worked with several development and/or donor partners including UNDP, DfID, ADB, IMATT, ISAT, etc. and possesses the ability to facilitate grants on-behalf of Government and to oversee the successful implementation of targeted projects for sustainable development and national security.Since the establishment of the ONS, Mr. Caulker has held several strategic positions, including Deputy Director, National Intelligence Unit (NIU) for Southern and Eastern Provinces (1999 – 2000), Director, Administration and Finance (2000 – 2016), Director, Finance and Corporate Services (2016 – 2018), Deputy National Security Coordinator (2018 – 2020) and Acting National Security Coordinator (November, 2020 – January, 2022). He remained in this post until he was appointed by His Excellency the President, as National Security Coordinator on 12th January, 2022.Mr. Caulker is innovative, a strategic thinker, team player and a go-getter. He is passionate, result and development oriented, persevere in his endeavour and is well-grounded and knowledgeable on issues relating to security sector coordination and governance. Being a security expert and a seasoned administrator, he was the team leader for a set of ONS staff that travelled to Israel in 2008 for a capacity building training in National security and Intelligence.Under Mr. Abdulai Caulker’s leadership as National Security Coordinator, it is expected that the security sector will aspire towards monumental efficiency in its security service delivery to make Sierra Leone and its people safe and secure at all times