THE Southern Highlands province’s public service position advertisement, recruitment and selection were outsourced to private recruitment consultant firm by the Agiru administration in early 2008.
This decision was welcomed by Southern Highlanders as that would allow for the recruitment of people purely based on merit.
The process has now taken nearly two years and the public service machinery has come to a complete stop.
The long delay is not the making of the firm but caused by the Southern Highlands administration itself.
Despite these problems, the firm has lived up to its client requirements.
The final short-list is now being prepared by the firm and it will be deliberated and vetted by a Waigani committee comprising DPM, provincial affairs, NEC, SHP administration, AusAID and the firm.
As one of the applicants being interviewed and short-listed by the firm, I would like to appeal to the Waigani committee to look at the bigger picture and that is the welfare and interest of SHP public service and its people.
SHP is critical and strategic in light of the LNG project and all other important resource developments taking place there.
The public service is an important instrument of service delivery and sustained growth, and can only be carried out by a corrupt-free public service.