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Papua New Guinea

Productive hours wasted in bank and traffic queues: MP

BY FRANKLIN KOLMA

AN interesting grievance was raised in Parliament last Friday in relation to the hours of productivity being taken up by waiting in lines at banks and getting stuck in traffic on roads.

Speaking during Grievance Debate last Friday, Member for Menyamya Thomas Pelika said it was an unspoken fact that many working class Papua New Guineans living in urban centres like Port Moresby, Lae and Madang waste up to two-third of their day waiting in queues at banks or in traffic due to vehicular congestion.

He said this gross waste of productive time was a direct counterweight against PNG’s revenue seeking ideals.

“We want to increase revenue by increasing productivity in our various State-owned enterprises and through our various con-nections with business partners but how can we when our human resource are stuck in traffic or waiting in line at the bank,” Mr Pelika said.

He said the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations and the Department of Personnel Management had to talk to business houses and the banks and ascertain just how many working hours a day are being used up outside the office.

Mr Pelika said money is churned when workers are at their desks and areas of operations and that the working hours spent doing idle activities were in his opinion a main reasons why the country is not getting the production outcomes that it is aiming for.

“I recommend we talk to the banks like BSP and get them to find a more modern solution to the lone queues that have become an everyday thing,’’ he said.

“In other countries you rarely see lines that go outside the door or have customers lined up outside the bank fighting to get in hours before it opens, these instances which occur in PNG on a common basis have to be addressed.

“We need to tell banks that these are people, our people and not just things that are used because they have money that they assume will be safe in the bank.”

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