SAMOA'S PRIME MINISTER SAYS NO TO "YES" MEN

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APIA, Samoa (February 22, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has blamed civil servants for giving his government the wrong type of advice.

Tuilaepa said some heads of government departments tell Cabinet ministers what the ministers want to hear, instead of giving them insightful and accurate advice.

As a result, he said, the government sometimes receives advice that is contrary to the law, with government departments and corporations operating in error.

Tuilaepa made the remarks at the opening a retreat of ministers, top public servants and heads of government corporations.

He said ministers make decisions based on advice from their department heads and senior officials, effectively making the departments heads cabinet ministers This, says Tuilaepa, causes disruptions in the public service.

As part of its public sector reform, Samoa's ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) has put heads of government-run corporations and departments on contract to achieve greater efficiency and accountability.

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