Public servants

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Twenty-nine course participants in the Yangoru-Saussia District in East Sepik Province graduated on Friday after two weeks of training in Project Management and Financial Management. The training was facilitated by the PNG Institute of Leadership and Governance.

State pays NSL K95 million

NSL Chairman, Anthony Smare, is now calling on the retirees to see them so they can settle the outstanding payments.

NSL has begun the process of allocating payments to members who exited in 2016.

“Obviously the government has been impacted by an earthquake, low commodity prices, but we’re seeing a flicker of light with the economy. There are some good things starting to happen and it’s also translating into the unfunded.

“The Government has paid us in the last two months, K95 million,” said Smare.

Unattached public servants costing state millions

Minister for Public Service, Elias Kapavore, said there are about 915,000 public servants of which over 6,000 are unattached to positions that are still being paid by the government.

“This is costing K190 million each year and 6 to 7 million Kina every fortnight,” he said.

Minister Kapavore challenged heads of departments to deal with the matter respectively in each department before even thinking about recruiting new staff as well as requesting for new resources.

Madang public servants warned

Yama made this call after a rousing welcome was given to him back home after the Supreme Court reinstated him as the Governor for Madang.

Governor Yama said he had no problem with public servants but warned them to be cautious in every work they do.

He called on them to put him under the microscope and expose the works he had done illegally in the province.

Justify your existence, public servants told

This was the challenge issued by Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel, during the public service dedication service yesterday.

Promoting honesty and faithfulness in public service was the theme for the mass, which was hosted by the Department for Community Development, Youth and Religion at the Sir John Guise indoor complex.

Abel highlighted mostly challenges the public servants will have to put up with in regards to major events that the country will be hosting, like the 2018 APEC Leaders’ Summit.

Lupari gives assurance on public servants wages

He clarified that there’s no delays on salaries as Government payroll system pays on Thursdays every two weeks and not on Mondays.

Lupari was responding to a question from this newsroom about the public servants salaries.

However, Lupari said all public servants got paid on time which on a Thursday and not on a Monday.

“I got paid, so as my staff. Which public servants haven’t got paid?”

He further added that many public servants are not budgeting their salaries well and ended up using all their money.

Sustaining their retirement pay

Provincial commerce advisor Didimas Epo said many public servants retire without proper knowledge of sustaining their retirement pay.

Therefore, he said the provincial administration, through its commerce division, wanted to create a pathway for its retiring public servants.

“From experience, we found out that a lot of public servants leave without being given a proper pathway and at the end, they find out that they lost all their money because of bad or poor investments,” he said

Public servants resume work in Enga

He told Loop PNG that he is yet to confirm whether the public servants are back at work or not yet.

However, Provincial Administrator Dr Samson Amean confirmed that public servants have resumed work since yesterday.

He told Loop PNG via text message that only a few yet to turn up at work while most have already resumed their duties.

He said the Provincial Management Team had their meeting in the province on Monday and the Provincial Treasury is in operational as well.

“Everything should be operational by the end of the week.”

Public Servants urged not to support candidates

In a circular sent to all Departments and Governments agencies, Personnel Management Secretary, John Kali, has informed all public servants advising them on the illegality of supporting intending candidates during the election period.

 “All public employees are informed once again not to participate in the campaigns of candidates during the 2017 Election period. It is illegal for candidates to either solicit support from public employees or to accept support from public employees for their elections campaigns,” he said.

Judge: Public servants must not steal

They are entrusted with the responsibility to perform their roles with utmost honesty, to deliver the goods and services to the people and not go into business themselves.

This was stressed by Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika today when he sentenced a senior public servant from the Wabag District Treasury Office, and a Civil Works coordinator, to eight years in prison with hard labour.