Reforms in the public service

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Dear Editor,

 The feeling of being home after being away for days is great.

Nothing compares to the joy of reuniting with families and sharing food with the families on the coconut leaf tablemat. The place where I spent the last nine months was customized for its preservative environment. 

Media was available at a slower rate but expensive for a country man, with a limited budget to live with a family of four. 

So my media connection to our homeland was not always visited. 

Anyway, the minute I landed home I was confronted with a news item on the appointments of C.E.Os in some government ministries, plus an interview from a new young lad on a swivel chair in the Metrological house at Mulinu’u. 

The appointments should speak for themselves but were not. 

The newly appointed C.E.O for M.W.T.I worked overseas for some years. He has just spent a year in M.N.R.E as an A.C.E.O.

How can this young man get a promotion in one year of his contract? 

How was his work performance measured by the interview panel and the panel members at P.S.C? 

Does his special selection mean that the other applicants were incapable or no one in the M.W.T.I could lead? 

Secondly, M.C.I.T has been stagnant for years because of its poor leadership. 

Is government still forcing itself to turn a blind eye in making a change for this most dynamic area of Information Technology? This is sad and sickening.

To the little kid on the swivel chair at the Penninsula, (so as the other young puppets in government) there is a lot for you to learn in public speaking before swinging and talking. 

Be aware that you are reporting disasters, better get prepared as you said. 

I congratulate those who served this government with honesty without seeking personal gains. They deserve to get rewarded without hurting the other public servants. 

It is the way this government should reform in terms of HR development, but not the “Who you are” selection criterion. Happy December Sāmoa. So glad to be home.

 

Fa’apai

Vaitele-Fou

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