‘Public servants need proper training’


PUBLIC servants need to undergo proper training at the provincial and district level to ensure the successful implementation of projects and programmes funded through development grants, an official says.
Acting secretary of the Department of Implementation and Rural Development Paul Sai’i said public servants must also be trained to furnish acquittal reports on time so that government services reach the people.
He said this when receiving the K10 million district services improvement programme acquittal reports from the Aitape-Lumi district in West Sepik last week.
Sai’i said up-skilling of public servants was a big challenge for the Government.
“Up-skilling of implementing agencies is a major problem. Government needs to address both at the national and sub-national level so that we have trained personnel who can produce maximum productivity,” Sai’i said.
He said many public servants in the districts lacked understanding on Government processes and procedures which sometimes affected the flow of Government goods and services.
“These public servants should be trained to know how to compile reports, do requisition, project identification and documentation to get the proposal in order, including documents for provincial or central supplies and tenders board for deliberation,” he said.
“The Government was channelling development grants to districts and provinces. Therefore, public servants must be equipped with the skill and knowledge to use them properly.”

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