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Bougainville president lays down law for his public officials

President Momis receives corporate plan from chief secretaryANTHONY KAYBING

BOUGAINVILLE president Dr John Momis says his government is encouraging a culture of accountability from ministers and parliamentarians down through the public service.

“We must develop a culture that promotes excellence, rewards success and penalises those who do the wrong thing,” Dr Momis said.

“I can no longer tolerate stories of corruption and fraud and I intend to take action to convene an inquiry to investigate the many allegations that have been raised.”

The president also made it clear that people found to have done wrong, no matter how senior, will suffer the full weight of the law.

“Enough is enough – things have to change,” he said. “If they do not, then we are destined for failure.”

Dr Momis instructed chief secretary Joseph Nobetau to take all necessary action to address gaps in service delivery and inefficiencies in the public service.

“The chief secretary’s primary aim is to enhance the professionalism of our public service and to ensure that senior leaders step up and take charge of their respective responsibilities,” he remarked. “This has to happen if we are to change.

“The corporate plans provide a roadmap of what agencies expect to achieve. They are key accountability documents that will allow us as a government to demonstrate the work that we do.”

Dr Momis said accountability does not only extend to public servants but that it also applies to ministers and members of parliament. 

“Let me be clear that the standards and expectations that I have of our public servants apply equally to our elected leaders,” Dr Momis said.

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