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PM O'Neill appoints Michael Dick as Chief Ombudsman

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has announced the appointments to positions of significance in the governance of the public sector.

Mr O’Neill officially announced that Michael Dick would be appointed as the Chief Ombudsman, Richard Pagen appointed as Ombudsman and Apeo Fuata Sione would be re-appointed as Public Service Commissioner.

"The Members of the Ombudsman Appointments Committee have recommended to the Governor-General that Mr Michael Dick be appointed as the Chief Ombudsman of Papua New Guinea," Mr O’Neill said.

The Ombudsman Appointments Committee felt that Mr Dick was the outstanding candidate for appointment. "I have great faith in Michael Dick’s integrity, transparency and independence,"Mr O’Neill said.

Mr O’Neill said the committee had recommended that Richard Pagen be appointed as Ombudsman.

"This is a significant appointment for the nation, and Richard Pagen has the skills and knowledge to carry out his function in a highly effective manner," he said.

Mr O’Neill also announced that the Public Services Commission Appointments Committee had recommended to the Governor-General that Mr Apeo Fuata Sione be re-appointed as commissioner when his current term expires on May 2.

"I look forward to Apeo Fuata Sione continuing in his role as we continue to strengthen the public sector and improve service delivery around the country."
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