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Saturday, July 15, 2006

SI Government announce the nation's New Permanent Secretaries

Public Service Commission has approved appointment of new Permanent Secretaries.

The Public Service Commission met on thursday to deliberate on the recommendations for the appointment submitted by the Government.

Eight new faces were included in the new appointments. They are Ms Joy Kere, Israel Wore, Charles Viva, Fred Fakarii, Dr. Cyril Pitakaka, Peter Hauia and Luke Eta.

Previously, Luke Eta was Permanent Secretary to Culture and Tourism but had to resign to contest in the last General Elections. He returns to the same Department.

Those who did not make it back are Edward Kingmele, Steve-Daniel Likaveke, Donald Kundu and John Ta’aru.

Meanwhile, Ruth Liloqula, Francis Lomo, John Tuhaika and Dr. G. Malefoaasi have been re-engaged as Permament Secretaries on special duties.

Ruth Liloqula will look after Reconciliation and Recommission in the Department of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, while John Tuhaika will head the Constitutional Reform and State Government Systems in the Prime Minister & Cabinet Department.

Dr. G. Malefoaasi will be in charge of Review & Restructure of Health Delivery Systems in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Francis Lomo will look after special projects in the Department of Agriculture and Livestock.

This is the first time that more women are appointed to the top executive posts.

Dr. Israel Wore who was Under-Secretary in the Department of Agriculture & Livestock will now become the department’s Permanent Secretary. Dr. Wore is a qualified veterinarian.

Charles Viva an educationist by profession will become Permanent Secretary to the Department of Lands and Surveys.

Fred Fakarii has been in the Public Service for a long time, holding senior posts in other government departments.

He was provincial secretary to Malaita Provincial Government and has since holding a post of Under-Secretary until his appointment this week.

Before the appointments of the new permanent secretaries, Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare had reiterated that the government was serious about selecting the right people to the top posts.

He said his government would look at gender balance and other criteria such as qualification, work experience and the ability to move government's policy forward.

He said the government has only 4 years to carry out its policy so it was serious about who would be appointed to take on those jobs.

He said by Monday next week new permanent secretaries should be at their respective offices to start working.

© Government Communications Unit

Source: PF Net

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