PNG Public Servants unproductive : Oneill

Port Moresby (The National).Public servants have been bluntly accused of being unproductive since independence at the expense of the people.
“They just want to relax and have a good time, sit down under a coconut tree and hope that the world will change by itself,” Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told hundreds of villagers at Maopa in Aroma Coast, Central, last Friday.
These public servants who had been milking the system for many years were now resisting changes being brought about by the Government, he added.
O’Neill said K10 million was allocated to every district in the country, K500,000 to each local level government (LLG) and various amounts to each provincial government including K25 million to
PNG PM Peter Oneill
Central but there was still resistance from public servants.
“We are doing something new that’s never been done before,” he said.
“It will take some time for the system to settle in.
“(But) As usual, we are getting some resistance from our public servants in Waigani.
“They don’t like changes. They want to continue behaving like they’ve been doing for the past 40 years.
“We all know that we have to work to change our country, and we have to change our country by making sure that the programmes work, the policies work.”
O’Neill, who was speaking at the 127th anniversary celebrations of the United Church in Maopa, commended churches for contributing immensely to the development of the country.
“Churches are (often) where government does not go,” he said.
“Churches not only provide spiritual direction but also basic services such as schools and healthcare.
“We must partner them so that we can work together for our country.”
O’Neill said the Government had given K1 million to Abau MP and Sir Puka Temu for the new Abau district office, K2 million to Abau district services improvement programme (DSIP) on top of the existing K10 million, K200,000 to Maopa United Church, K100,000 to Maopa Seventh-Day Adventist Church and K50,000 for last Friday’s celebrations.
Central Governor Kila Haoda contributed K100,000 to the church, Rigo MP Ano Pala –K50,000 and Goilala MP Daniel Mona gave K20,000.

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