NEC rejects position shortlist

National
Justin Tkatchenko

By HELEN TARAWA
THE National Executive Council (NEC) has rejected the shortlist for the National House Corporation (NHC) managing director’s (MD) position as the process has been compromised, says an official.
Minister Housing and Urban Development Justin Tkatchenko told The National that the NEC, during its meeting on Thursday recommended for the appointment process for the NHC MD’s position to go back to the drawing board.
Tkatchenko also dismissed claims on social media of him having a part in the appointment process.
He explained that the process of the MD’s position for NHC had been going on for 10 months.
“When I came in as minister, I inherited acting MD Elizabeth Bowada,” he said.
“She was already put in that position by former minister and Moresby North-East MP John Kaupa so I kept her in that position, I did not change her.
“She’s been working with me implementing all the government’s reforms of NHC and she’s been doing a fantastic professional job.”
Tkatchenko said the MD’s position was advertised through the Ministry of Public Service and the secretary of the Department of Personnel Management.
He said all the applications were vetted by the DPM.
“These comments on social media are totally defaming and ridiculous and have no truth to the issues,” he said.
“The problem started when the candidates were shortlisted.”
Tkatchenko said the process was allegedly hijacked by the candidates as the submission for the NEC was already floating on the streets with certain candidates lobbying to be given the position.
“I had never seen the NEC submission until I arrived at the meeting last week and it was presented by Public Service Minister Soroi Eoe,” he said.
“How does it get out onto the street even before it was submitted to the NEC with certain candidates lobbying to different ministers.
“I found that totally out of order and it is actually illegal and fraudulent. It’s an absolute disgrace.”
Tkatchenko said in the NEC there was a clause that recommended for the submission to be rejected and re-advertised.
He said the position would be re-advertised and Bowada remained acting MD until the process was completed.
“I’m standing my ground as the minister in charge.”