Pictured: Acting Provincial Administrator Francis Koaba shares a light moment with Central PA Gei Raga, as Deputy PA Social Services, Edward Kila looks on, during PMT meeting at Konedobu, yesterday./CPGMedia
By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Incumbent Provincial Administrator for Central Mr Gei Guni Raga at a special Provincial Management Team (PMT) Meeting officially welcomed the newly appointed acting Provincial Administrator Francis Koaba at the Provincial headquarters in Konedobu yesterday.
Mr Raga called for a meeting to introduce Francis Koaba, to the sector advisors and senior management officers.
“My suspension took effect yesterday (Monday 1st July 2019), the NEC decision was made on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 and gazettal of the decision came out on Friday 28 June and suspension letter was written yesterday and served to me at my office yesterday, but in the meantime as they say “Work must continue on” Wok mas go yet” Mr Raga said.
“There are some allegations levelled against me and maybe during my performance that I did not do some things correctly, that Governor Robert Agarobe saw fit to put me aside and put somebody into the act while investigations are carried out.”
“I appeal to all the sector advisors and managers to cooperate with the investigation team that will be appointed and all public servants in the province to help support and work together with Mr Francis Koaba as the acting Provincial Administrator.”
Mr Francis Koaba who comes in with a wealth of experience has worked previously with the Department of Personnel Management, Ombudsman Commission and Public Service Commission.
Mr Koaba during the meeting said,” that decision was hard for him as he was related to his predecessor but that is the decision of the government of the day so I can’t be making any decision to that effect but what I have to do is implement the decision and that is to take on from his reigns and allow the investigation process to continue at least to clear his name as well as those who might be implicated.”
“We will not involve ourselves in the investigations but what we will be doing is to assist the process of investigation, there is going to be a task force set up the secretary for DPM, so as soon as their terms of reference is drafted out as well as the team set up, I will issue a circular to everyone for us to assist the process of investigation”, Mr Koaba said.