In a no-holds barred speech, he said that while universities in the country were focused on the production of manpower to develop
Vudal is a case in point, as earlier this year, the Chinese government spent K23 million to build seven dormitories (pictured above) and 20 houses, however, have not been occupied because the PNG government has not reciprocated by releasing K1.2m for beds and wardrobes for the dormitories.
“The problem lies in the corridors of Vulupindi Haus,” Prof Siaguru said.
“Our country is seriously suffering from what I call ‘governance deficiency syndrome’.
“There are many unnoticed symptoms, however, the eight common ones are:
- Sunken eyes every day from hangovers;
- Getting to the office at 10am every morning;
- Leaving the office at lunchtime;
- Backchatting and calling it a meeting;
- Cancelling meetings with CEOs from other organisations outside
willy nilly; Port Moresby
- Forgetfulness and misplacing files and letters;
- Applying procedures to create a wall when a clear ‘no’ answer would have been constructive.
- On fortnights, weekends begin on Thursdays.
“That is how and why we are starving this nation of growth, development, resource sharing and progress, and our politicians are wondering why this nation is not delivering services.
“The old guard, in the likes of Sir John Guise, Sir Albert Maori Kiki, Sir Vincent Eri, Sir Tei Abal, and Sir Alkan Tololo were nation builders.
“They were men who had strong principles and high governance ethics.
“They believed in their beloved
“They were taught and mentored by an order of disciplined colonial masters in government and churches who believed in meeting appointments and taking instructions from the boss.”
Prof Siaguru said in February this year, Planning Minister Paul Tienstein promised and delivered a dummy cheque “taller than myself” for K1.2m.
“This was to facilitate for beds and wardrobes for the dormitories,” he said.
“I have been given the merry-go-round by Departments of National Planning and Treasury since March, and my final year students are graduating now without sleeping in those dormitories yet.
“I was told to work with the Department of Works in Kokopo to organise a certificate of expediency to get the money to be released.
“When I went to Moresby with the certificate of expedience, I was referred to Central Supply and Tenders Board and sent back to Treasury.
“I went to Treasury was told that it was not ethical to engage two government ministries.
“The involvement of Planning was sufficient, so they cancelled a 23-page document I had prepared showing all the quotations and justifications and referred me back to Planning.
“So I went to Planning and advised them of the information I picked up from Treasury.
“While walking back and forth and feeling very, very small in the powerful ‘governance deficiency’ corridors of Waigani, fortunately, I met the Honorable Minister Paul Tienstein in the hallway.
“The Minister had 15 minutes to spare and quickly called his Departmental Secretary for a meeting.
“In that meeting, we finally agreed that the K700, 000 balance would be included in the supplementary budget.
“The August supplementary budget has come and went.
“No money was allocated.
“I have since phoned up; they now say it will come from education rehabilitation.”
Prof Siaguru said the dormitories were still standing, and at the
“Unless we change the public service system and structure, this country will not come out of the ‘governance deficiency syndrome’,” he said.
“The overall management of the public service is sick and really needs a complete overhaul.
“It is like a cancer that is chronic and is already at an advanced stage.
“It cannot be operated on; it must receive external radiotheraphy or internal chemotherapy.”
Prof Siaguru called on graduating students to make a change from this status quo and take a turn for the better.
“If you do not stand up to be counted, the generation after you, your children, will live in a country that is corrupt, lazy, tired and greedy,” he said.