PAPUA New Guinea gained its independence in 1975 and that ended the years of Australian colonial administration.
Gaining its status as an independent state, the administration of the nation now lay in local hands.
In the process of administering and nation building, PNG adopted the Westminster parliamentary system; having the three crucial state organs operating independently: the legislature making laws and policies; the executive implementing the stipulated policies; and the judiciary administering the laws and the justice sector.
To effectively administer the nation, the administrative function was decentralised from national to provincial to the local level.
In these decentralised levels, there are two main functions:
- The politicians are elected to make laws and policy and to represent their constituents.
- The administrators are responsible for the effective delivery of government services.
The common denominator between these groups is their responsibility to the nation. This means laws and policies should be in the nation’s interest, as should their implementation by the administrative executives.
Unfortunately, these basic government functions are often overlooked and this has caused malfunctions in PNG government administration.
Politicians have frequently abused their prime function to create policies and represent their electorates.
We have the ‘who you know system’ birthed by nepotism and the wantok system. This poses serious questions to those in charge of the public offices.
Do they know the purpose why they are in those positions and do they know what they are doing? And are they doing the right thing?
If the public purpose is misused, how can the nation find and achieve its purpose?
My tender rebuke to all these people is to consider, before you enter a position of public interest, the two variables. Do you want money or do you want to serve?
If you choose service I wish you well on your journey; if you want money, please don’t bother. Money will cause you to betray you people’s interests.