The National, Wednesday March 12th, 2014
THE Southern Highlands provincial executive council will engage an independent team to identify the problem in the provincial administration, Governor William Powi says.
He said the provincial administration had failed to carry out government priorities.
He said an independent team engaged by the provincial government had already identified problems in the health and education sectors.
The next step is for the team to investigate the provincial administration, he said.
“I want them to cut open the provincial administration and find the cancer. We want the independent specialist team to check where the system is failing,” he said.
“Is it because the public servants are not qualified or is it because they do not know and are too lazy?
“This is not to pick on people but to identify the problem and take appropriate action to rectify it and get the province back on track so government services flow to the people.”
He said there was no link between the provincial and district administrations.
Many reports and statistics are not shared which has led to the decline in performance, he said, and announced the decentralisation of the payroll system in the province.
He said many people who had not been working were getting paid.
This will be addressed by the use of a clock-in clock-out system.
Meanwhile Powi said every high school, secondary school and technical school in the province should change their account signatories.