Chief Executive Officers fail on delivering what Samoa really needs


Some of the Chief Executive Officers at yesterdays inaugural CEOs Forum

By Rula Su’a – Vaai

APIA, SAMOA – WEDNESDAY 04 JULY 2018: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi yesterday blasted the Chief Executive Officers of Government Ministries and Corporations saying that they have failed to deliver what Samoa really needs to improve on its development.

Tuilaepa was addressing more than fifty Chief Executive Officers – CEOs who attended a one day inaugural CEO Forum.

According to the Prime Minister, while the CEOs have the knowledge and skills but lacked on delivering what is really needed for Samoa’s development.

He made reference to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

“There are a lot of projects approved and endorsed by the government. When they were passed on to the Ministry, they sat on it and did nothing until we enquired and they said there were no engineers who can do the job, and yet they said nothing about it,” said the Prime Minister.

“If memory serves me right, this is one ministry that has so many ACEO’s. I do not know why. They blocked prosecuting several projects that have been approved and endorsed by the government for some reason I do not know, and yet the government gets the blame.”

The inaugural CEOs Forum is a move to consolidate the public service so that the future functions of the Public Service Commission would purely be on training and skills development and identifying manpower needs against the country’s overall needs.

“There is a need of civil engineers and architects for Samoa, and the Public Service Commission is not probing enough for more scholarships opportunities and New Zealand and Australia sponsor only one scholarship for civil engineering each year, and PSC does nothing about it. They should keep knocking.”

Tuilaepa also noted some ministries had accumulated unpaid bills to companies and businesses but there is money in the budget that they should pay money owed.

He also pointed out that there were government ministries that he had to stop one of their practises of using money from its budget to buy their lunch.

“This type of decision is made by the CEO so I told them it is not right, you buy your lunch using your own money, but not from the ministry’s budget,”

Tuilaepa reiterated that, CEO should prioritize what is required and what is needed for the development of Samoa and to serve the people of Samoa.

“There two main important tools that you CEOs should use. One, delegate your responsibilities and two, follow up.”

The Prime Minister also reiterated the often said complaint from the public that it was easier to see the Prime Minister than finding an appointment to see certain CEO and Cabinet Ministers.

“When you have done training to address certain problems, make sure the instructions go right though the system so even the lowest officer understands,” he said.

“Too often when an officer at the desk sees an old man coming in, they seem to ignore them unless they see it is someone well-dressed and well known then they run around doing things for them.”

Tuilaepa ended by asking CEO’s to serve the people with respect and work towards solutions to what Samoa needs for its overall development.