ONLY woman head of department removed without reasons
May 6 2004 at 11:50 AM
MEN looking for lookholes and fabricating ill-founded (or no) reasons to replace committed public servants with their crooks! Removing the only Woman Departmental Secretary is a blow to our woman folk.
Minister MUST Explain!!!!!!!!
Explain Secretary Elias’ sacking
THE only woman departmental head in the Papua New Guinea public service has been sacked from her job.
Margaret Elias — who for many years was Secretary for Labour and Employment or Industrial Relations — has had her appointment revoked by the Government and told to report to the Department of Personnel Management at Waigani about her new job — if one is available.
Many former departmental heads have ended up in what is commonly referred to as the “pool” waiting to re-deployed elsewhere in the public service. When there is nothing for them to do after three months, they are made redundant.
When the Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations Tom Tomiape announced on Tuesday the removal of Ms Elias from the department, he gave no specific reasons at all as to why she was being removed.
All he said was that Cabinet had made the decision. Departmental heads are appointed by the Government and can be removed or replaced as the Government sees fit. But, common decency demands that the Government gives reasons as why a senior departmental head of Ms Elias’ standing and who has been in her job for many years is suddenly not wanted.
It is a blow again to the the women of PNG coming just when the nomination of the only woman candidate for the position of Governor - General, Nahau Rooney, was rejected by members of Parliament who chose to support men only for the vice regal race.
It is a time of mourning for women all across this land. At no time in the history of PNG have women been so badly let down by the men who dominate politics and government in the country.
We wonder what kind of message political leaders of PNG are trying to send to the five million plus people of the country when two sad stories like these are told.
Women are victims of PNG’s style of gutter politics and it will be many more years yet before this mentality is reversed