‘Sackings slammed’ by Observer in The National on February 1, that the government of the day is unfair and inconsiderate in its removal and termination of its department heads and CEOs for non performance and wish to share some thoughts on this issue.
Be departmental heads or CEOs of agencies/institutions or SOEs, one thing is real, it is causing instability and creating confusion in many government institutions affecting and denying deserved and needed services delivery to the people of this country.
The article made reference to Secretary for Labour Mary Morola’s termination when other under-preforming male DHs are still at work, allegedly, protected by their buddy ministers and their cronies, and why should they not be identified and terminated too.
Are they indispensable?
I may not be privy to the reasons for the termination and pardon me, but on observations from afar, her termination for reasons of non-performance on a public employment contract is an understatement of a career of a senior public servant.
Generally, given the state of affairs in the country, many government institutions are not performing for various reasons, so why pick on a few, and especially those that are headed by female DHs.
Yes, performance management of annual performance agreements by DHs are measures of achievements, failures and challenges in implementation in the
nation’s Government services programmes.
Heads are accountable and no one DH is indispensable but fairness must prevail and considered in all relevant aspects.
The public service minister’s announcement on performance management, on public contracts of employment held by CEOs of Government institutions, is the way to go , but performance, accountability, and leadership, must be done in their true sense and meaning and not otherwise, or “yes master mentality” with ulterior motives or in collusion but with the best interest of the organisations, and our people who deserve these public services .
On the other hand, It had been observed that since the Public Service MEAC Act came in force in 2014, it has seen more heads rolled because the power to remove had been conveniently placed in few hands of MEAC, that consists of five political ministers, is not an independent body, so is at will and deal, and so defeats impartiality and fairness.
Where did the principles of fairness, impartiality, equality, unbias, protection, steadfast to good workplace practices gone to these days?
The recent displacement of several departmental heads and SOEs, secretary Planning, Commissioner Internal Revenue Commission, Agriculture, IPBC and now Labour, just to name a few, question the government gender equality and social inclusion-GESI Policy objective that the Public Service Minister and Secretary DPM preached about, but in reality are far from this policy motto: Rise up, step up and speak up is meaningless.
It seems ministers have gone on witch-hunting, as been observed in recent past, which have clouded their rational thinking and sanity, and have not been objective on the issues of real substance, and with the best interest of the organisations at heart and in their actions.
It seems that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing.
It is worth reminding ourselves the commentaries, made in the past and present by many, that corruption and extortions are rife and systemic in many high offices, at times just to keep jobs for the boys and their cronies, and gains, cannot be ignored, even in appointments of top executives.
PNG Public Service stability and integrity of public institutions are at stake and should be saved in this day and age and agents of real change should not be destroyed.
Advocator, Aunega hawk