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Wenge says more can be done for Public Servants

BY THEOPHILES SINGH

MOROBE Governor Luther Wenge has argued in Parliament that Public servants in rural areas lack Government support on the ground.

“The public servants in the rural areas are suffering from the pay that they are receiving. Their pay is not sufficient. This is due to the devaluation of Kina and the rise in costs of goods and services,” he said.

“I speak on behalf of public servants in the rural areas of Morobe Province but I am sure others around the remote parts of the country will agree with me” .

He made these remarks during the presentation of the 2021 and 2022 public service report by Public Service Minister Joe Sungi in Parliament.

Mr Wenge highlighted that the circumstances and situations faced by Public servants in these areas force them to steal and neglect their duties in office. He proposed that arrangements must be made by government to further lift off the burden of rural public servants.

“Because their pay is not good enough and their circumstances are overwhelming they are forced to steal. To address this issue, we must look at how we can properly accommodate and compensate them for their efforts and hardships,” he said.

“Then we can put in place strong laws and policies to regulate their conduct in office and punish them if they misbehave”.

He commended Public service Minister Joe Sungi for his efforts in improving the public sector, however highlighted that more focus should be on rural public servants as they face more difficulties in delivering government services to the majority of the people.