PAs could be halved


THE Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is undergoing a restructure of the Prime Minister’s Private Office and reviewing all positions in line with the new structure.

The Prime Minister Hon Rick Hou previously told Island Sun in an exclusive interview prior to the election of the Prime Minister that should he take up office and become the new Prime Minister he would do a major cutting of Political Appointees (PAs).

The paper since then has been doing a follow up to this statement querying what has been done so far and how many PAs there are to date.

The Prime Minister Hon Rick Hou’s Press Secretary, Mr Douglas Marau told the paper yesterday that the Prime Minister has already taken the initial and necessary action to instruct for terminations of all previous contracts.

“He has issued further instructions to restructure the whole organisation of the PM’s private office, and then to review all positions in line with the new structure,” Marau said.

It is estimated that this exercise would cut previous positions by 50 percent from nearly 60 positions.

Island Sun was told that this matter is now before Government Caucus to be dealt with accordingly.

Caucus will then issue an official statement on this matter as soon as it has been concluded.

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