EHP Administrator calls for public servants to resume work

Eastern Highlands reinstated Provincial Administrator Solomon Tato has issued strict instructions to the province’s 600 public servants to resume duties to serve the province's 670,000 people.

Tato's instruction was triggered by the absence of public servants at their respective work places, especially at the provincial Yanepa Building, due to the protracted legal wrangle for the province's top administrative post.

In a media conference in Goroka today, Tato said he is now focused on towing the public servants in line in a bid to serve the people “as normalcy is now being restored in the province's public service machinery.”

Tato said: “I’m satisfied that the Supreme Court has ordered for my reinstatement as the provincial administrator of EHP last Monday.

“Public servants at the provincial headquarters and in the province's eight districts should get back to work this week ( if they are not at place of work) and work on the 2015 Annual Activity  Plan (AAP) with the view of modifying the plan this year.”

He also grasped the opportunity to thank senior public servants, security guards, police and supporters and sympathisers within the province and abroad.

“I also did not forget the some pastors and Christians who prayed for me during the impasse in regards to the provincial administrators position over the past 15 months.”

Tato has cautioned people dwelling on hilltops, foot of mountains and river banks to voluntarily evacuate themselves to higher grounds in a bid to avoid landslide and flood disasters.

The provincial  administration is now in the process of compiling a comprehensive disaster assessment report to the national government for relief assistance for the victims.

Landslides has severed the Highlands Highway at Yonki while the raging Bena River destroyed three bridges, a feeder road, food and cash crops and houses in the Bena plains, 20km east of Goroka.

Michael Koma