128 new recruits report alarming

Letters, Normal

The National- Tuesday, January 25, 2011

 YOUR Jan 6 report on page 2 was about the Western Highlands administration recruiting 128 new officers.

This is alarming because proper procedures were not followed, we believe. 

It adds weight to the high number of appeals which have been lodged with the  Public Service Commission for investigations relating to the abuse of power and processes involved in the recruitment process. 

The high number of new recruits have effectively displaced a similar number of current, serving public servants.

Most recruits have been hired from the streets or villages and are people who got jobs through dubious means. 

Maybe a few professionals have been recruited. People who lack proper training have been recruited into very senior positions at grades 12, 13, 14 and 15. 

Very junior officers have been promoted likewise.

Those of us f us who have been misplaced are calling for an investigation into the selection decisions by the Department of Personnel Management and the Public Service Commission with a view of nullifying the decisions and for proper selections to be conducted in Waigani, not in the same hotel room in Mt Hagen.



Displaced public servants

Mt Hagen