The Office of Censorship held its first general staff meeting for the year 2021 this week at the Central Government Office, Waigani.
The meeting began with a devotion that was led by the Chief Censor Mr Jim Abani, who shared on ‘Servants for Community’, encouraging his officers to put God first in our personal life as this will reflect on how we conduct ourselves in the workplace.
Chief Censor Mr Abani reminded his staff that as Christians, we all have a duty to share the Love of God to our communities that we create within the Offices that we are situated in.
‘We must imitate the life of Jesus within our workplace by sharing what little we have with one and other,’ Mr Abani stated.
In his opening remarks, Mr Abani officially welcomed the officers to the new year of work and reminded the staff that as public servants, we are here to serve the people of Papua New Guinea.
Mr Abani stressed on two issues during the meeting; 1) A new culture to incorporate a time of Devotion into daily activities and 2) Staff to provide weekly reports to supervisors and supervisors to provide monthly report to Executive Manager (EM) and EM to provide quarterly report to Chief Censor. This new approach will strengthen the performance of officers on a weekly and monthly basis respectively.
The Acting Deputy Chief Censor Mrs Lovelyn Douglas, along with the Executive Management Team, Mrs Nancy Kilala, Executive Manager Corporate Services Division, Ms Ilikomau Ali Executive Manager Strategic Policy & Coordination Division, Mrs Poveta Posa Acting Executive Manager Enforcement & Compliance Division, supported and commended the Chief Censor on the new approach taken and encouraged the management and staff to acknowledge this new working culture and to embrace our Creator in everything we do while at the same time respecting the authority and leadership that has been appointed for the Office of Censorship.
Executive Manager (SPC) Ms Ali during her remarks, stated that in order to implement our respective annual operational plans, the officers who make up the office are required to work together with their line managers and to engage in constructive discussions to move the office forward.
Ms Ali who is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and programs within the office, encouraged the management and staff to take ownership of programs and to improve on areas that need improvement.
On closing the meeting, Acting Deputy Chief Censor Mrs Douglas reiterated the need to be mindful of individual performance and attitudes and to continue to work as a team.
‘We must serve as a true public servant and be the agent of change by portraying honesty and commitment in what we do’, Mrs Douglas concluded.
The meeting involved discussions on issues that require management input and direction, including emphasis on working together to accomplish given goals and tasks as an Office.