IT'S been a while coming, but Papua New Guinea got its new Chief Ombudsman when Michael Dick (pictured) was sworn into office last Thursday by Governor General Bob Dadae.
Mr Dick said his main task is to ensure the Office of the Ombudsman Commission lives up to its obligations as a constitutional office.
He was appointed acting chief ombudsman last year and his permanent appointment is for a term of six years.
"The members of the Ombudsman Appointments Committee recommended to the Governor-General that Michael Dick be appointed as chief ombudsman," said prime minister Peter O’Neill.
"The appointments committee felt Mr Dick was the outstanding candidate for appointment," Mr O’Neill said.
"I have great faith in Michael Dick’s integrity, transparency and independence."
Richard Pagen has also been appointed as an ombudsman and Apeo Fuata Sione re-appointed as Public Service Commissioner.
"Richard Pagen has the skills and knowledge to carry out his function in a highly effective manner," Mr O’Neill said.