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January 26, 2021

Highlands Labour Officers Call For More Funding

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Provincial Labour Officers in the Highlands region has called for more funding from the Labour Department to carry out their responsibilities.

They expressed concern that lack of funding has hindered their operations.


The Department of Labor says, the problems are similar throughout other regions, and they are working to address them.


Insufficient funding has always been blamed for ineffective implementation of government policies.


This has been the concern raised by provincial Labor officers in the Highlands region.


Provincial Labour Officer for Simbu, Joseph Ambane appealed to his departmental heads to at least allocate enough operational funds.


With the Labour Department decentralizing its service to provincial centers under its capacity building project, there is a need to match that with funding.


Deputy Secretary for Labour, Mary Morola, says the department is aware of these issues affecting its provincial Labour offices.


Some of these issues will be addressed through the capacity building project


The capacity building project will run for five years, and is the biggest project undertaken by the Department of Labour.


Staff housing and office buildings will be built under the roll out project.


The newly-opened Kundiawa Labour Office was funded at a cost of K66, 000.


Minister for Labour, Benjamin Poponawa says, staff is required to deliver while the department will look into matters affecting their operation.


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