BY GEORGINA KEKEA
THE outgoing Chairman of the Public Service Commission was bade farewell last week. In a function hosted by the Ministry of Public Service, Mr Eliam Tangirongo was bade farewell by commissioners of the PSC, Minister and staff of the PSC including Deputy Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Connelly Sadakabatu says he is very impressed by some of the key reforms achieved under the leadership and chairmanship of Tangirongo.
Sadakabatu says Tangirongo is an exceptional worker and he will no doubt bring the interest of Solomon Islands to the United Kingdom (UK).
He says there are two important factors that make Tangirongo have good public standing in the workplace and in the community. One is his constant connection to the Almighty God whose hands guides the establishment of this nation.
“And the second factor is that he is a keen learner and a good one. These are very good attitudes that are commonly found in any successful leader.”
He says Tangirongo is leaving the public service on a very high note.
Tangirongo in response thanked the government for their support for the Public Service Commission.
He thanked the cabinet for the support and assistance rendered for the reforms under his leadership.
He said without the government’s support, the reforms would not be able to see the light of day.
Tangirongo was highly commended by a number of public service workers for his leadership style and his support for gender mainstreaming in the public service.
He is vacating the Public Service Commission Chairman’s position to take up duties in the United Kingdom as Solomon Islands High Commissioner.
On this occasion, he also took the time to pledge his support for the government and people of Solomon Islands.
“I am on assignment to the United Kingdom and the Northern Ireland, to represent Solomon Islands, I will do my best to serve the people of Solomon Islands, to the government and to him be the glory and praise.”
Tangirongo says he looks forward to build a stronger relationship between Solomon Islands and its former colonial power.
The country’s High Commissioner designate to the UK and his wife were presented with gifts and kind words from staff and commissioners of PSC.