The National, Thursday 04th April, 2013
THE management and administration of the office of the Public Curator is vital in ensuring beneficiaries receive proper and satisfactory service, newly appointed PC Jacob Popuna said yesterday.
Taking over the reins from Theodore Bukikun at a ceremony to mark the event, Popuna said the public curator’s office was a difficult agency to manage and administer but staff and executive management would be on the right path if they started with getting the basics right.
“The office is difficult because we are trying to portray the mind of the deceased,” Popuna said.
“When you are attending to a deceased’s estate matter think about whatever decision you make … will the deceased be resting in peace?”
With seven years experience as a legal officer before being appointed public curator, Popuna said the lack of awareness on proper processes that beneficiaries needed to follow to claim their deceased’ assets adds to the office’s difficulties.
“People (beneficiaries) in other provinces miss out because they don’t know the process to follow.
“My dream and vision is to get the basics right through proper processes and follow the chain of command,” he told his staff.
On that note he acknowledged the media as a partner in providing the necessary information to the people on how they could access services from his office.