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Top Vanuatu justice official joins private sector

One of Vanuatu's 13 Director-Generals has announced he will be leaving the public sector in the midst of a review of the government roles.

RNZ reports the Director General of Justice, Joe Ligo, said he wouldn't be re-employed when his contract expires this month and he was moving to the private sector.

According to the Daily Post, Mr Ligo, who is a lawyer, called on all public servants to respect their jobs, work hard and put the interest of the nation first at all times.

The government is looking into whether to continue to employ its Director Generals.

The roles were created and people hired as part of the Comprehensive Reform Programme of 1997 to rescue the country from bankruptcy.

They were recruited on merit and had academic qualifications.

While the DGs worked to ensure spending was not squandered, political complaints emerged that they were a stumbling block to government decisions.

Radio New Zealand
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