The National, Wednesday 12th June 2013
CUSTOMS Commissioner Ray Paul has urged new officers to be at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.
He was speaking at the graduation of 20 officers who underwent a four-week Customs core skills training in Port Moresby last week. It was conducted by trainers from Australian and PNG customs authorities.
“You have learnt about the Customs vision, mission and values during your training as well as other Customs roles and functions which you will use while performing your daily tasks.
“Ensure to refresh your thoughts on these issues at all times while performing your duties.
“Some of you were employed while others were not prior to accepting the Government offer to join Customs. And you have your own reasons for joining Customs. I thank you for this choice.
“But while you are here to serve the people of Papua New Guinea, you must also remember your identity, who you are, and where you come from, because you represent your family, people, community and your country as well.
“You must have pride in yourself and about your rich heritage at all times while performing your duty.”
Paul said he was also working at improving attendance and punctuality.
Other habits such as betel nut chewing and long tea breaks are a concern to him during working hours.
“I will issue a blanket final warning circular to all officers and those found to be wanting or not improving after the warning will be dealt with accordingly.”