Labour Offices Call For More Responsibility

Provincial labour officers in the Highlands region have 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 Labour 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 labour 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 decentralising its’ service to provincial centres 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 the 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 are required to deliver while the department will look into matters affecting their operations.

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