Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari urged public servants at the dedication service in Port Moresby on Tuesday to change their attitude and conduct.
Lupari said 2017 should begin with a change to be more effective, accountable and responsible and take ownership of many of the issues faced today.
“It means that we must get rid of our bad habits and practices as we simply can’t continue that path that we have traveled in the past.
“The people of PNG depend on us in making sure that we implement policies and programs,” he said.
Lupari added that 2017 will be a challenging year and it’s not going to be an easy ride with the National Elections and preparations for the 2018 APEC Leaders’ Summit so team work is very vital.
“These major events will test our patience and ability but by working as a team we can overcome those tests and I’m grateful for every body’s support so far.”
He thanked all public servants for their dedication, commitment and support in the delivery of services and development to the people and country.
“Many of you make a lot of sacrifices as it takes huge risk in doing your job and I thank you on behalf of the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the Government.”
Lupari also thanked the churches for their support especially in education, health and infrastructure throughout the country.
On behalf of the public servants, he thanked O’Neill and all the members of parliament for all their political stability and their strong leadership which are the pre-requisite for growth and development.