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By HELEN TARAWA
THE position of Chief Secretary held by Isaac Lupari will be abolished, according to Prime Minister James Marape.
It is part of the reform to restructure Government departments.
Marape told The National that Lupari, whose term ended on Feb 11, would be acting in the position for three months while the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council (NEC) underwent the restructure.
“The position of chief secretary is now abolished and Lupari is only in office for three months.
“I will appoint a secretary to the prime minister’s office and secretary to NEC.
“There will be no more chief secretaries in this country,” he said.
Marape said Lupari remained the chairman of the State negotiating team in the gas project.
“With some of the major work started, he cannot suddenly drop them. He needs to conclude them,” Marape said.
The decision to abolish the position was made in the last cabinet meeting.
“So going forward, (we are) now looking at restructuring the public service,” Marape said.
“At the moment, the head is too bloated and big.
“The feet and hands that are supposed to do the job are too malnourished in the provinces and districts.
“We want to drain Waigani of excess leadership and it starts with removing the chief secretary position.
“That’s part of the reform to strip Waigani off the fat and heavy leadership.”
Marape said all ministers had been given key performance indicators and most were “responding”.
“We are only about eight months in office.
“By the time we reach a year we will assess their performances.”

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