Chief Secretary to Government Ivan Pomaleu has acknowledged the contributions of the staff of the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council, achieving the outcomes set to be achieved this year.
The Chief Secretary made the acknowledgement during the Department’s 2023 Christmas and Farewell Function for the staff of the Department and retirees.
He said on the occasion of the Christmas party, let us reflect on the year and the work that has been done.
“It had been a year of challenges, triumphs, and growth, and I am immensely proud of what the Department has been able to deliver.
“We have been able to support the Prime Minister is some of his key undertakings whether it is in policy, legal work, in international engagements, etc.
Mr Pomaleu added that the Department has staff that knows what they are required to do to achieve the nature of our work, with limited or no supervision at all.
Secretary Pomaleu further added that at most times, staff go home at night, and that shows that there is still a lot to do.
He informed staff that from his observation, from where he is sitting, there is no time to take a breather and that everyone is expected to be on the ball at all times.
“The government has set a high benchmark that we need to achieve, and we must step up to make it easier for management to do their work.
“The expectation on us is to deliver on our work and if you have not realised that, you will be left behind. It is times like this that we must remind you again of what is expected of you.
“We are a group of most previleged people and, at times, be sitting within the sphere of power and decision making that runs the system of government.
“We are here to ensure that proposals made by our leadership are translated into actions that are filtered to all our agencies of government,” he said.
Therefore, Mr Pomaleu urged those who are not expected to work during Christmas to take a break and have a good rest and return fresh for the 2024 work year.
He also extended his best wishes to the retirees for their future.