Public Servants in Madang Planning to ‘Stop Work’

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By Martha Louis – EMTV News, Madang

Public Servants in Madang Province are planning to stop work over the appointment of a number of senior positions within the Provincial Administration as well as other administrative matters. The public servants met today and aired their frustrations in areas of appointment and displacement in the Madang Provincial Administration.

The officers are now planning ‘stop work’ and are demanding to take back office keys from new officers appointed.

At 12pm today public servants in Madang gathered at the provincial headquarters to express their grievances over public service matters. This included the new appointments in Executive Management positions on acting capacities.

The public servants also questioned the suspension and the charges laid upon the Provincial Program Advisor for Education, Moses Sariki.

Sariki says he was suspended for not keeping an up-to-date record of teachers’ leave fares for the past years.

They had also questioned the appointment of acting Provincial Administrator, Joseph Kunda Bonomane, and his extension for another 3 months against the Supreme Court’s decision.

The public servants claimed they were not able to work for at least 3 months of this year due to no funding. They have also claimed that vehicles have been removed from them and locked up at the Provincial Government office which they claimed, has handicapped them to do their work.

Martha Louis

is a crime and court journalist based at EMTV’s Lae office. She has just joined the television industry after spending two and a half years as a radio journalist. She has a Bachelor in Communication Arts (Journalism) from the Divine Word University in Madang.

Martha Louis