NAURU PUBLIC SERVICE TO BE CUT IN HALF BY 2001

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YAREN, Nauru (February 26, 1999 - PACNEWS/Radio Nauru)---A senior Nauru government official says the nation's public service employees will be reduced to half its current size by the year 2001.

Jesaulenko Dowiyogo said the cut in staff, from the current 1,600 personnel to about 800, will save Nauru approximately US$ 2.2 million annually, compared to Fiscal Year 1997/98 salary expenses.

Representing the Government, Chief Secretary at a national summit on economic development strategies for Nauru for the new millenium, Dowiyogo said, in the future, public servants will have to be adequately trained and qualified for their jobs.

Acting Chief Secretary Angie Itsimaera told the summit that the days of the public service being a safe haven for non-performers are coming to an end. The country can no longer afford to pay non-performers, he said, because not only are they a drain on the economy, but they also preclude other, productive Nauruans from holding government jobs.

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