29 Jan 2008

PNG's Prime Minister urged to lead by example in timekeeping

2:38 pm on 29 January 2008

The deputy opposition leader in Papua New Guinea has noted that departmental heads have been late to meet the prime minister, Sir Michael Somare.

This comes amid a push by the authorities to improve timekeeping.

But Bart Philemon, who used to be a cabinet minister serving in Sir Michael's previous government, says the prime minister was getting his own medicine.

Mr Philemon has told the Post Courier newspaper that in the past Sir Michael would turn up an hour or two late for National Executive Council meetings.

He says Sir Michael was notorious for lateness and called on him to lead by example in establishing punctuality for his public service leaders.