PS MATAKI SAYS MINISTRY NEEDS TECHNICAL STAFF

Solomon Islands Meteorological Service official logo. Photo: Courtesy of Solomon Islands Met Services

Solomon Islands Meteorological Service official logo. Photo: Courtesy of Solomon Islands Met Services

Permanent Secretary for Environment and Climate Change, Melchoir Mataki says the Ministry needs technical training for its staffs.

Mr Mataki made the statement during the graduation of the Ministry’s four new technicians, yesterday.

He said apart from other Ministry’s in the public service, the Environment Ministry needs officers that are technically trained.

“As a technical ministry, we need to be technically proficient. The specialised training that we put our officers through, to me is not really adequately recognised through the Ministry of Public Service, because at some other ministries you can just go and start work, but as a technical ministry I think this is an area which I think we need to pay close attention to and probably even look at opportunities of having a training like this for the rest of the other divisions as well. We can also have the training to stay with us, it doesn’t have to be formal but it can also be in-house as well, because we¬† technical ministry,” said Mr Melchior.

Mr Mataki adds technical training is important as the Ministry plays a role to protect people in times of emergency.

“It is only in periods like this that we realise the importance, only in seasons as now do people give regard to what we do, only in times of trouble. But we are safeguarding this country. If you look at all the divisions of this ministry it’s a safeguards ministry, however you want to interpret the meaning of safeguard. What we do lies in between often injury or life and death,” said Mr. Mataki.

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