Samoa To Consolidate Government Ministry Positions

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PM hopes to limit numbers of assistant CEOs

By Lanuola Tupufia

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Nov. 21, 2012) – The positions of Assistant Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) within Government Ministries will soon be a thing of the past, if changes proposed by the Government are approved.

The changes will mean that after the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), there will only be one person to carry the Assistant or Acting CEO position.

This will eliminate the need to have multiple ACEOs, costing millions of tala.

At the moment, it is not unusual for a Ministry to have at five or more ACEOs. Each ACEO is paid WST$80,000 [US$33,895] plus benefits.

Speaking on national television, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said the proposed changes would avoid the confusion created by having too many ACEOs.

"Cabinet is trying to avoid confusion of the positions," he said.

"There’s a boss (CEO), the Acting CEO and there’s an Assistant CEO but it’s the same thing. The PSC (Public Service Commission) is reviewing it."

The Prime Minister said people occupying ACEO positions at the moment would be allowed to finish their terms.

"There will be no enforcement like Bainimarama regime, we are not like that," he said.

But Tuilaepa said the time has come to make the change because there are too many ACEOs.

"I don’t know what to call them anymore," he told the media. "The Acting and Assistant is the same thing. I don’t know why they had so many of them."

The call for changes has gained support from the Leader of the Opposition, Palusalue Fa’apo II.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, Palusalue was pleased that the government has finally acted on what the Opposition has been calling for.

"The changes will definitely show some consistency from the Ministries," he said.

"There are so many Assistants and Acting CEOs that use up a large scale of money but it only requires one person to do it. I’m contented that the government has finally considered the changes and will hopefully save a lot of money being consumed by having too many senior officials."

A suggestion from the Leader is for the government to include State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in the structure change.

He explained some of them include Samoa Qualifications Authority, Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (SROS) and office of the Regulator.

"These are small enterprises that have at least one senior officer and a lot more Assistants," Palusalue said.

"I think it’s a lot more appropriate if they merged the different sectors and have the others as senior officers or staff members to make some work productions."

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