Dick sworn in as Chief Ombudsman

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Newly appointed Chief Ombudsman Michael Dick says that his main task is to ensure that the office of the Ombudsman Commission lives up to its purpose as an anti-corruption entity.
A former accountant with the Ombudsman Commission, Dick was sworn into office by Governor-General Bob Dadae at the Government House yesterday.
“The work of the commission is defined by the Constitution,” Dick said.
“We must understand corruption, what it is, define it and understand how it affects and impacts our society so that we are able to address it (and) restore the purpose of the institution.”
Dick said the core purpose of the Ombudsman Commission was to fight corruption.
In the lead-up to the general election, Dick said the Ombudsman Commission had begun an awareness programme to inform voters about various forms of corruption during polling.
Dick said the commission would be part of an observer team during the counting period.
Dick was appointed acting Chief Ombudsman last year.  His appointment as Chief Ombudsman is for a term of six years or until the retirement age of 55 years.