Sir Ipatas said this during the closing of the Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby last week.
The Enga Governor was frank, saying this is one of the major causes affecting government service delivery in the country.
He said to truly progress, the Government has to make appointments based on merit.
Meanwhile, Minister for Petroleum, Fabian Pok, has called on provincial governments to appoint provincial administrators based on merit and not on their place of origin.
The Minister said many a times, provincial administrators are appointed because they are from a particular province.
He said to truly embrace PNG as a united nation and to ensure the role and functions of the provincial administration are truly served, appointments have to be made on merit. Even if the candidate is not from the same province.
Minister Pok said merit based appointments must be a priority to ensure government service delivery is realised.