President Dr Irfaan Ali has urged the nation’s public servants to hold their roles in high esteem and to maintain a positive attitude in service to the people. This was the charge he gave on Friday at the close of the Presidential Outreach in Vryman’s Erven, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
‘’To the young staff I want to tell you something, opportunities like these are sometimes rare, but it is on rare occasions that you have to shine above the crowd. I was 31 years old sitting in a room with managers from the CDB and Guyana and because of one thing in my mind, a positive attitude, I was identified as someone with potential and I have seen this time and time again. I say this to encourage you to always demonstrate a positive attitude to public service. You may not like an individual, but you are in a job that requires public service, and who knows the impact your attitude, the way you operate, can have,” the Head of State is quoted by the Office of the President’s Public Information and Press Services Unit as saying.
The President emphasised too that public service cannot be aloof, but rather grounded to the communities and the people.
“There has to be a serious connection to the ground and although many issues were raised in particular agencies, you gain strength out of that. It tells you and gives you the opportunity to see where we have weaknesses in the system, where we can strengthen and how we can strengthen and what needs to be strengthened. That is why I think at the regional level this action, the Rapid Response Committee has to work,” President Ali said.
In setting the example, President Ali said too that it is the Government’s aim to “dismantle the layered type of Government’’ and to create a “matrix organisation” which would allow officials to sit around the table and resolve problems together.
According to the Public Information and Press Services Unit, in this regard, he pointed to the importance of the structure of the exercise and the potential impact it will have on the lives of the beneficiaries and the participants.
“When you build relationships like these in the public service, it breaks down barriers of communication, it breaks down the bureaucracy and when we break down the bureaucracy and the barriers to communication we build trust and confidence and we can better serve the people…health, utility services all sitting at the same table. It is an important exercise. I want to urge all of you here to build relationships, to talk to each other and if you do that most of the matters at the community and grassroots level will be resolved.”
President Ali also conveyed gratitude on behalf of his Cabinet for the commitment demonstrated by the participants and representatives from the various organisations and agencies.
“I want to say thank you to the staff from the region, from the different agencies and those who came from Georgetown, the Police Commander for your day’s work today, for your commitment in ensuring that this was a successful day, for ensuring that the people experienced your commitment to public service.”
President Ali assured all that there will be more such exercises as the Government moves forward in a spirit of collaboration and connection to the people.
The exercise was also aimed at reducing the cost of doing business and will see collaboration among various agencies to address concerns at the community level.
Scores of residents were given the opportunity to raise their issues with the high-level team during the outreach exercise.
The President personally addressed the concerns raised, which ranged from access to electricity, water, land allocation and drainage issues among other areas. Participants in the presidential outreach included Government officials, representatives from the Office of the President, the Ministry of Housing and Water, the Central Housing and Planning Authority, the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry, the Health Ministry, Guyana Power and Light (GPL), National Insurance Scheme ( NIS), National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), the Guyana Police Force and regional officials among others.