Patients at the Mount Hagen Hospital. (file photo) Photo: AFP/ Marc Dozier/23110102
The government is abrogating its responsibility by asking the country's churches to provide more critical social services, a Papua New Guinea think tank has warned.
PNG government announced last month it was committing ten percent of the
earnings of two major state companies to the churches, so they could extend their
efforts in healthcare and education and other fields.
across PNG already provide a significant part of PNG's social services.
New Guinea Institute of National Affairs executive director Paul Barker told
RNZ Pacific that churches recognise this commitment.
Barker said did not want more responsibilities pushed onto them.
don't ask us to take over your government functions," he said.
responsible church leaders are recognising there are functions for the
government and there are sound areas for partnership, but they don't want to
take over the entire government functions."
government announcement said ten percent of earnings from Kumul Petroleum
Holdings Ltd and Kumul Minerals Holdings Ltd will go to the churches.
Minister James Marape called it a transformative move but Barker said the
government has about 1,400 entities, most of which were not functioning as they
said addressing "problems of those institutions" was where their
effort should be going.
problems of those institutions need to be addressed. Government institutions
need to be rationalised and made effective because they do consume a very
considerable amount of public funds and many of them are in desperate need of
said government institutions operations could be improved in their performance
delivery "if they were managed more effectively, if you didn't have all
the cronyism, political appointees to boards, to management and so on."