MCAST, univer­sity and public sec­tor set up In­sti­tute for Public Ser­vices

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

A public-pri­vate part­ner­ship was signed be­tween the Malta Public Sec­tor, MCAST and the Univer­sity of Malta yes­ter­day to set up the In­sti­tute for Public Ser­vices.

The sign­ing of the agree­ment, presided over by the head of the public sec­tor and the Prime Min­is­ter, was signed dur­ing a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in which more than 200 peo­ple work­ing in the public sec­tor re­ceived their re­spec­tive awards.

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Din l-Art Ħelwa’s ap­peal is sup­ported by Na­ture Trust and Training and will make way for the new in­sti­tute.

The awards pre­sented fol­low­ing cour­ses at CDRT, var­ied from ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship to foun­da­tion cour­ses in cus­tomer care.

The In­sti­tute for Public Ser­vices was es­tab­lished through a public -pri­vate part­ner­ship which aims at reaf­firm­ing the public ad­min­is­tra­tion’s vi­sion to have those work­ing in this sec­tor of­fer­ing the best pos­si­ble ser­vice.

A Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing was signed last year in prepa­ra­tion for this agree­ment. Head of the public sec­tor, Mario Cu­ta­jar, praised the level of ac­count­abil­ity Malta and the Malta Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety.

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A 52-year-old man from San­nat, Gozo was handed a sus­pended sen­tence yes­ter­day af­ter a court ruled that he had set his ex’s car on fire two weeks af­ter they broke off an 11-year re­la­tion­ship.

Natal Fava had pleaded not guilty to set­ting Na­dia Said’s car on fire on 11 Septem­ber, 2010, near Xlendi, caus­ing more than €1,164 in da­m­age.

Mag­is­trate Joe Mif­sud heard how Ms Said had been out with friends at a Xlendi night­club. At around 3am she headed for home, with her four friends fol­low­ing her in an­other car. As she was driv­ing in the Munxar val­ley, Ms Said had to stop her car be­cause of a flat tyre. Her friends then told her they had seen the ac­cused’s BMW in the vicin­ity.

Ms Said be­came afraid and de­cided to lock her car and leave it there for the night. She filed a re­port and went home. Later on she saw the ac­cused from her bal­cony. A few mo­ments later the po­lice called Ms Said to say that her car had caught fire. The ve­hi­cle was to­tally de­stroyed.

Ms Said told the po­lice that she had bro­ken off her 11-year re­la­tion­ship with the ac­cused just two weeks be­fore but Mr Fava had not ac­cepted this.

The ac­cused de­nied that he had had any­thing to do with the case.

The court said that, in view of con­flict­ing ver­sions by the vic­tim and the ac­cused it had to rely on the cred­i­bil­ity of the wit­nesses. which is present at the public sec­tor “which still suf­fers from the stigma that we do not de­liver a good ser­vice.”

He said that in the last 40 years he has been work­ing in this sec­tor, he has never seen such per­for­mance. Mr Cu­ta­jar thanked those who at­tended the training and praised them for they be­lieved that they needed more training to per­form bet­ter.

Univer­sity Rec­tor Prof Al­fred Vella said that the public ser­vice is a na­tional as­set. He added that univer­sity must lend a hand to pro­vide the best per­son­nel. Prof Vella said it was wise to have

Court ex­perts con­firmed that the car had caught fire as a re­sult of ar­son. They said the fire started in­side the pas­sen­ger side and who­ever did it must have had a sec­ond key. The value of the car was around €4,600.

The court heard how Mr Fava and Ms Said were in­volved in sep­a­rate court pro­ceed­ings in which the ac­cused was claim­ing that the car be­longed to him. A Trans­port Malta of­fi­cial told the court that the car be­longed to Ms Said.

The court also heard Ms Said say that the car was not insured against fire, rul­ing out that she had set the car on fire for the in­sur­ance money. She said the ac­cused had pre­vi­ously threat­ened to burn her and her car.

The ac­cused con­firmed he had a sec­ond key. He also ad­mit­ted to hav­ing called Ms Said from a pri­vate num­ber on the night of the in­ci­dent but said he had done this be­cause she would not have an­swered him if she recog­nised the num­ber. He con­firmed he had driven his BMW in the Xlendi area on the night but said he had never stepped out of the ve­hi­cle.

The court said it was clear from the tes­ti­mony it heard that Mr Fava had un­locked Ms Said’s car and set it on fire as a form of re­venge.

Mag­is­trate Mif­sud handed down a two-year prison sen­tence, which was sus­pended for four years. Mr Fava was also given six months to pay Ms Said €4,600. He was also given three months to pay €606 in court fees. even MCAST in­volved.

Ad­dress­ing the cer­e­mony, Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat said that it will be very chal­leng­ing to change the men­tal­ity of the civil sec­tor. He said that this sec­tor has made huge steps for­ward and in­sisted that ev­ery per­son’s de­ci­sion af­fects the coun­try s per­for­mance.

“Politi­cians change, but those who work in this sec­tor will stay here,” he added.

Ahead of this year’s bud­get, Dr Mus­cat said that the poli­cies are set up by the govern­ment, but the im­ple­men­ta­tion is in the public sec­tor’s hands.

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