‘You are servants of the public’

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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CONGRATULATIONS: One of the recipients for the Appreciation Award for Recognition for Long service, Seiuli Vaifou Aloaina-Temese with Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa.

CONGRATULATIONS: One of the recipients for the Appreciation Award for Recognition for Long service, Seiuli Vaifou Aloaina-Temese with Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has demanded that public servants perform their roles with highest level of integrity.

He also asked them to become part of the solution, rather than being the problem.

The Prime Minister delivered the message yesterday during the celebration of 2017 Public Service Day. The celebration was held in front of the government building, attended by hundreds of public servants.

“Advancements in technology to date has meant greater scrutiny of Government service delivery,” he said (see his speech in full). 

“Public servants are therefore required to undertake the execution of our duties and our decision-making in workplaces with the highest level of integrity."

He reminded about the importance of accountability.

“I strongly encourage you to serve our country with professionalism, in a truly coordinated manner, ensuring that you as individuals be held accountable for your actions,” he said.  

“You must strive to become the solution and not the problem, to be facilitators rather than encumbrances." 

You as public servants provide the solid and firm foundation upon which all the three prongs of Government rely and depend on.”

As the Head of the Public Service, Tuilaepa said their work is often taken for granted, unrecognised and criticised. 

“As public servants, we are just those – ‘servants of the public’, and while we may think that such a calling is demeaning, I believe that if you have the heart of God, you will find the grace to serve from a Godly perspective and with Godly humility,” Tuilaepa said. 

 “Today is without a doubt, a noble cause worthy of recognition and I thereby wish to express on behalf of the Government and the people of Samoa their congratulations and heartfelt gratitude.”

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