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Time-wasting a civil servant's priority - Warmington

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 6:00 AM
Everald Warmington

Some civil servants have become so adept at time-wasting that they have fine-tuned it into a strategy for reflecting their ill-conceived sense of self-importance, contributing to the inefficiencies that have become a hallmark of government agencies, according to Everald Warmington, chairman of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee. He was seeking to offer an explanation for the many inexplicable delays that are now symptomatic of the services offered by many civil servants.

"What I find with government agencies is that you'll send a request to a particular department and that request will be on the director's desk for weeks. The way I interpret it, if a government officer doesn't hold a document long on their desk, they are not working. So them nuh have nuh importance, but when you hold it pon you desk for weeks then you exert some importance; you show that you are important," he told Tuesday's meeting.

"But it shouldn't be at our expense," chimed in Mikael Phillips, member of parliament for North West Manchester.

"That's how I find that government agencies work and coming from the private sector, it's a difficult thing for me to accept," the member of parliament for South West St Catherine added.

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