No job loss expected: Namani


THE merger of Water PNG and Eda Ranu is going well and should be completed by the first quarter of this year with no loss of jobs, says board chairman Hubert Namani says.
Namani told The National in an interview that Water PNG was now a large entity with around 700 staff that needed to be integrated.
He said the Eda Ranu staff, which numbered just over 350, would now be called the Port Moresby operations.
“The merger is currently underway and comes without any job loss,” Namani said.
“We want to get everything done by the first quarter (March).
“We got close to 700 staff that we need to fit in together. There is a policy behind the merger that no one loses their jobs.
“Everyone’s jobs security is guaranteed.
“I am very confident with the board.
“We have a good mix at the board, well exposed with good management background.
“Our agenda is the merger and the first priority is to build a new company, culture and rebrand it.
“We want to do reforms in the right path.
“We will be looking at strategic partnerships with various entities in terms of our focus on customer service.
“Basically, we have to grow the business.
“This whole merger is out of the Wash (water, sanitation and hygiene) policy under the national strategic plan 2030, we want to bring water to 70 per cent of our population.
“So as a business we need to grow the business and be able to fund those programmes and infrastructure.
“We want a new Water PNG that is customer focused.”