PM Marape: Public service must not slow down with 2022 General Election

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape , addressing departmental secretaries and heads of state-owned enterprises at APEC Haus this morning. (photo credit: PM’s Media Unit)

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape says the work of the public service must not slow down in view of the 2022 General Election.

He said this today when addressing a morning meeting with ministers, departmental secretaries and heads of Government agencies and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).

Mr Marape announced that the Prime Minister’s Department,  will carry out  spot checks of all departments, agencies and SOEs in the lead-up to 2022.

“In the face of the coming elections, many times, work (in the public service) slows down. I stress to you: No work must slow down.”

He reminded  departmental secretaries and heads of agencies and SOEs to have  control of the human  and financial resources they have at their disposal.

“If you do not know how to manage, maybe you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time,” PM Marape said.

Mr  Marape  further remined heads of departments and SOEs that his Government came into place with a set agenda in the Loloata Understanding of 2019, noting that Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) had been given to all ministers, which, in turn, had been given to departmental secretaries and heads of agencies and SOEs.

“While the political leadership has set this agenda, it is the bureaucracy which must deliver on these important KPIs.

“By the end of this year, each of you must report back to us on what you have achieved over the last two years.”

Meanwhile,  Mr Marape says, there will be   four more Parliament sittings to go before the 2022 elections,  and therefore,  department secretaries and heads of agencies and SOEs must give their scorecards to the country.

He said these must be linked to his Government’s KPIs, Vision 2050, Medium-Term Development Plan and the Constitution.

“Departmental secretaries, and heads of agencies and SOEs, are  selected on merit and therefore,  must justify this with scorecards of their achievements.

“I owe you no special favour, and you owe me no special favour, we owe it to our people,” he said

“Show us what you have done over the last two years, under my Government, and what we will do for the balance of 2021 going forward.

“Political seasons will come and go, but public service machinery will live on,” Prime Minister added.