Public Servants Flee High Costs

A senior pilot who comes from Kabwum, who frequently fly’s airplanes into rural stations in the Morobe Province says most public servants have left their post.

Thomas Keindip says the public servants dash is also attributed to government neglect in rural stations.


TepTep, a rural station at the boarders of Madang and Morobe is lacking in many areas of vital government service delivery in Health and Education.


In TepTep station, houses that belong to public servants, LLG Managers and support staff are deteriorating, they have long packed up and left.


High cost of goods and services has been a factor chasing public servants away from crucial posts within remote stations around the country.


Chief Pilot of North Coast Aviation, Thomas Keindip says most of public servants from other provinces flee high costs in rural areas.


Often Air services charges are very expensive, passengers pay around three hundred and twenty kina for a one-way ticket.


“The government must step in and help in a big way to subsidized airfares for public servants,” he says.


These high costs make a huge difference to the choice made by public servants to either stay in a remote station or to leave.


Often their choices are based upon family needs that always outweigh working in tough conditions.


“A plan must be laid out on how the subsidizes are used” says Keindip.


The outcome of their choice means people needing Health and Education Service in rural stations suffer from the lack of services and technical support.

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