In light of the country’s 46th independence anniversary, West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel has made a call for government heads to do their part in fighting nepotism and corruption by refraining from making politically convenient appointments.
Governor Muthuvel said as the country gears up for the independence celebrations, public servants are seemingly less interested and have lost the feeling of patriotism and sense of pride serving the country compared to the past.
He said this is simply because corruption and nepotism have made people less motivated to do their job.
“Nowadays, it has become all too common for appointments of wantoks just for convenience and not based on merit,” Mr Muthuvel said.
“On the government’s end, we must do our part and not entertain politically convenient appointments from the Secretary down to the driver, but appoint based on qualifications irrespective of where you’re from.”
“There must be stringent processes for recruitment and selection.”
“Also, general knowledge and aptitude tests is one thing we should consider.”
He further adds that it is important that the country has a robust public service mechanism in order for PNG to move forward.