The Ministry of Internal Affairs is hoping to complete the recruitment of Area Administrators for 18 Area Councils – three in each of the six provinces, this week.
The Public Service Commission to make the appointments thereafter.
Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat, gave this information when giving an update to the media on the program of decentralization that is currently being implemented.
“We have received many applications and among them are some very good people including some university graduates, who applied and showed to interests to take up the positions even though they are located in the rural areas,” he said.
“This a very positive information that we wish to share with the public, that there are these calibers of people who applied and they want to go and live in the rural areas to serve the people. As we know the majority of our population live in the rural area. It is good that we are finally seeing qualified people wanting to live in the rural areas and help the people with development and projects.
“Hopefully, the Public Service Commission can complete their appointments (Area Administrators) and we can send them to the rural areas at the Rural Area Councils where they are to be based.
“At the beginning of the year, we announced that our target is that by the end of May/June every area administrator should be appointed and be at their respective area council posts.”
There are 18 area councils that the Government through the Ministry is starting off with this year, and they are recruiting 18 area administrators – three from each of the six provinces.
Once they are in place, Ministry and departments under it will start providing the decentralized services to the people under the area councils in the rural areas.
“I am glad to be able to announce that after the Council of Ministers approved the resolutions of the national forum that outlined ways forward for decentralization, Council of Ministers has approved the policy paper, and we are now proceeding with implementation of the decentralization plan.
Some of the recommendations and the rollout of the plan for which government has allocated funding for us to carry out this year.
“This week will be completing the recruitment of Area Administrators, which we will forward to the Public Service Commission to make the appointments of the Area Administrators.”