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Isaac Lupari
Isaac Lupari - "The system of the PNG public service is broken"

| Kalang FM News

PORT MORESBY - Acting Chief Secretary to Government, Ambassador Isaac Lupari says the public service is a threat to national unity and security.

He says the system of the PNG public service is broken.

The reason he says this is because there is no reform or policy development. Controls are lacking and appointments and recruitment are based on association rather than merit.

Lupari says discipline is poor without sufficient investment in skills development and training.

He says at all levels appointments are made based on political affiliation and place of birth.

At the provincial and district level, 99% of public servants in provincial administrations and 95% in the districts come from within, as a result PNG continues to see a continued decline in services.

This extends also to our police service, schools, and health clinics.

Lupari says public servants have become territorial where they act on self-interest rather than the interests of the nation, and they have failed to deliver for the public they serve.

The government spends K4.6 billion each year on public service payroll.

“For too long our nation’s public service has been allowed to grow unchecked without appropriate accountability. 

“It has become Waiganicentric and removed from the people and it no longer serves the purpose it was established to fulfil,” the acting chief secretary said.

“We must invest in practical skills-based training and recruit young capable Papua New Guineans based on merit, not association, political affiliation or place of origin.

“A stable and capable public service is critical to the unity and long term economic and social security our nation,” Lupari added


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Lindsay F Bond

Is that whine branded a "clean skin"?

Albert Schram

So odd coming from a Chief Secretary.

He is in perfect position to launch public sector reform and if he had started four years ago, it would have been done by now.

Stephen Charteris

Thank you, Mr Lupari for having the forthrightness to tell it like it is. So, as the kids like to say, “then how?”

I have witnessed a senior public servant asked by a rural community when he was going to give it decent services.

He replied, “I don’t have answers except to advise you to start getting more involved yourselves. You can’t rely upon the government to solve all your problems, you have to take greater ownership of the outcomes you wish to see.”

The most truthful response I think I ever heard, and it carried a simple message.

Design the delivery of basic services from the bottom up, directly include the people it is designed to serve, offer them direct participation, give them skin in the game and, with them, find innovative ways to mobilise local people and capital to cover part of the cost.

Then they are ready to start to ably manage “the last mile end” of their own services.

Isn’t this magical thinking? No, it is not!

Can this be done? Yes, it can!

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