STAFF of the National Forest Service (NFS) have been challenged to apply for positions higher than the ones they currently occupy and not to underestimate themselves during the major restructure that the organization is currently undergoing.
NFS Managing Director Mr. Tunou Sabuin whose term was to expire on Sunday, March 21st, 2021 issued this challenge when addressing
staff during the commemoration of the International Day of Forests (IDoF) on Friday, March 19th, 2021 at the Kuriva forestry plantation and picnic area, an hour’s drive out of Port Moresby. “You have subordinates – staff under you so why continue to remain at the same position you occupy? Aim higher so as to give them an opportunity to aim high as well,” Mr. Sabuin said.
“You must feel proud of the PNGFA 2020-2030 Corporate Plan. Be part of the team to implement it in the next 5 to 10 years. If you have doubts and confusion, put in your resignation and get out of this place. You have to appreciate the team work here,” Mr. Sabuin said.
He continued: “My term as the NFS Managing Director will end on Sunday, March 21st, 2021. Some staff are already telling me, MD you stap (remain as MD). Yupla liklik man na meri o? (are you kids?) You have wealth of experience and expertise – use them to continue the work of the organization. I have brought you this far (like Moses in the Bible who tried to bring the Israelites to the promised land, and another suitable candidate, like Joshua also in the Bible, will bring this organization to the next level. I expect (positive) change, I want every one of you to step up.
“Think about what you can do for this nation, not what the government can do for you, because the government will change,” Mr. Sabuin said echoing the words of the 35th President of the United States of America John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”. The interest of this organization is very important. I am very happy that you came here today to plant but you must look beyond. If you are a technical person, think outside of the box,” Mr. Sabuin said.
NFS is the implementation arm of the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority. Its two other arms are the National Forest Board and the Provincial Forest Management Committees.