‘A Team’ ap­point­ment

Tukai Lag­o­ni­lakeba, Nadi

Fiji Sun - - Comments -

The Govern­ment arm­chair critic, Dan Urai, had raised his con­cern on March 28.

Again, this time, con­tra­dict­ing him­self on a base­less fact to which he is good at just so to prove his in­abil­ity to ap­pre­ci­ate the de­vel­op­ments with its truth of which he is obliv­ion to what is pos­i­tively hap­pen­ing daily around him. For the in­for­ma­tion of Urai, Fiji’s ANZ Bank chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) is the chair­per­son of our Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) and through him an over­seas com­pany was specif­i­cally ap­pointed and tasked by Govern­ment to over­see the in­ter­view process from those ap­pli­cants who had reg­is­tered their in­ter­ests for all the PS (Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary) po­si­tions as ad­ver­tised in our lo­cal media. All those for­mer Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary terms were to ex­pire early March 2016 and Govern­ment saw it fit to ap­point an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant panel to con­duct and over­see in­de­pen­dently the in­ter­views and rec­om­mend to the PSC the best most suit­able highly qual­i­fied can­di­dates. Ac­cord­ingly the PSC chair­man will then present their rec­om­men­da­tions to the Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Ser­vice who will in turn make known the PS ap­point­ments to Cabi­net for their en­dorse­ment which is nor­mal govern­ment busi­ness. For the sake of trans­parency, past and cur­rent govern­ments in­clud­ing that of the 1999 Se­nior Chaudhry-led Labour govern­ment to which Dan was a crit­i­cal part of will from time to time ap­point such in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tants to carry out spe­cific tasks in the na­tion’s best in­ter­ests. Al­most all cur­rent Per­ma­nent Sec­re­taries are new ap­point­ments to their re­spec­tive Govern­ment min­istry’s but are cer­tainly the best most highly qual­i­fied thus the tag ‘A Team’, and why not. I’m per­son­ally sad­dened by the fact that Dan Urai did not per­son­ally sub­mit his in­ter­est for the same as he would have been sub­jected to such high level scru­tiny by those spe­cial­ist pan­els of judges whereby he can per­son­ally ap­pre­ci­ate why he will not qual­ify in such cir­cum­stance.

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