The new chief secretary to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Monovi Amani (pictured centre) , was officially sworn in today as the head of the public service in Bougainville.
The swearing in ceremony which was held in the ABG administration conference room was attended and witnessed by the ABG president chief Dr. John Momis, his deputy Patrick Nisira, the outgoing acting chief secretary Chris Siriosi, ministers of the Bougainville House of Representatives, heads of departments and other distinguished guests.
BY JENNIFER NKUI
The outgoing acting chief secretary in his remarks congratulated Mr. Amani for taking up the challenge saying he will be available in the office to continue to assist the chief secretary in whatever way he could.
He said this will be required initially as Mr. Amani in initial stages will need every form of assistance that he can render to him.
He then advised the chief secretary that the best starting point will be to get briefings from head of departments and as he goes along, he will begin to develop an understanding of the system.
Mr. Siriosi said he is looking forward to a healthy working relationship with the new chief secretary and urged everyone, especially the heads of departments to do the same.
SIRIOSI LAYS OUT WEAKNESSES IN THE SYSTEM
The outgoing acting chief secretary Chris Siriosi laid out the weaknesses that are present in the Bougainville administration or public service system.
When giving his remarks at the official swearing in ceremony of the new chief secretary, Mr. Siriosi pointed out that there is weakness in internal revenue collection, management of finances is a weakness and a few other processes related to the management of the public service.
But he is of the firm belief that with the law in place, the public service can now look forward to overcoming those difficulties as the control is now with the ABG and the ABG systems and not with the National government systems.
Mr. Siriosi then stressed that if we fail to achieve our objectives and aims, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
However, the outgoing acting chief secretary is confident that we will still succeed despite the mentioned shortfalls.
When giving his response, the new chief secretary said he will take Mr. Siriosi up on his word to work with him closely.
Mr. Amani then stressed that it is an honour and privilege to be given the opportunity to serve the government of Bougainville under the leadership of chief Momis and the people of Bougainville.
He said he did not come with a magic wand but only with a heart full of eagerness to serve the Bougainville government and its people.
Mr Amani, age 52 is from Mortlock Island. He was the former Provincial Administrator for New Ireland Province a position he held for the last two years. Prior to that he was CEO Planning and Finance in that Administration.
The new Chief Secretary has previously been a business and taxation consultant, a lecturer in finance and accounting, a senior officer in the National Housing Corporation and a tax assessor with IRC.
Mr Monovi Amani has degrees in Commerce, Accounting and Business Administration. He also has certificates and diplomas in financial management and tertiary teaching. Since 1992, Mr Amani has been a member of the Australian Society for Chartered Practicing Accountants.
The recruitment of Mr Amani was based on his successful application to the post that was advertised last year. He was among three highly qualified candidates who were interviewed by Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee (BSAC) and successfully won the position.
The Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee consists of President Momis, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Andrew Miriki, Bishop Tim Arthur representing the churches, Mrs Hona Hollan appointed by the Bougainville Women’s Federation and appointed by the PNG Law Society Mr Hubert Kikira. Under Bougainville law the Committee received a report from the independent panel of Secretary John Kali, Sir Paul Songo and Mr Simon Pentanu ranking the applications
PRESIDENT THANKS SIRIOSI, WELCOMES AMANI
President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government chief Dr. John Momis has thanked the outgoing acting chief secretary Chris Siriosi for a job well done under difficult situations.
When giving his keynote address during the official swearing in of the new chief secretary to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Monovi Amani today, the president assured Mr. Siriosi that the government has an important role for him to take up and use his experience, knowledge and commitment to serve the people of Bougainville.
He added by congratulating the outgoing acting chief secretary for assisting the government in achieving benchmarks that are important in our journey of self determination.
On that same note, chief Momis also congratulated and welcomed the new chief secretary Monovi Amani and thanked him for his acceptance of the offer to take on a difficult and challenging role to lead the public service under the direction of the ABG.
The president then assured the new chief secretary that the political leadership is committed to ensure that the public service has the necessary ware withal, financials, tactical and other resources necessary to implement to the full policy decisions and legislations made by the elected government of Bougainville