Going rural is vital for improving service delivery, says Lupari
The Chief Secretary to Government Amb. Isaac Lupari, CBE, told Departmental Heads at the second department heads meeting that they have a purpose for going to rural parts of the country for their meeting.
The second departmental heads meeting for 2017 was held at Keapara Village, Rigo District, Central Province, where 70 Heads and senior staff of Departments, Statutory Agencies, State Owned Enterprises (SOE) and constitutional offices attended.
“We often design and develop policies and plans from Waigani without fully understanding the challenges and needs of 80% of our people who live in the rural settings of our country,” the Chief Secretary said.
“As a result many of these policies and plans have failed in the past, which has resulted in wastage of millions of Kina.”
Mr. Lupari urged everyone to not make the same mistake, learn from past experiences and continue to chart and develop a new part for service delivery.
“If we do not, it will be a great “injustice” to our people and the next generation, who are children,” said Mr. Lupari.
“The O’Neill Government’s policies are rural focused and aimed at improving the rural settings and deliver vital services to the people.
“Going rural and coming to Keapara village gives us a great opportunity to see how services are delivered so that we can improve on it.
Mr. Lupari said the visit allows heads of departments; statutory agencies and SOE’s to see things for themselves, listen to the people’s stories of the types of challenges they go through every day of their lives, and what their needs are.
“This is critically important so we can be able to improve on the policy settings and recalibrate service delivery methods and mechanisms to better deliver services.”
Mr. Lupari urged heads of departments, statutory agencies and SOE’s who stayed for the night activities with the community to use the opportunity for frank discussions with the people of Keapara, Karawa and Alukuni.
“We are their servant, and lets work to improve the lives of our people.”