16 Sep 2004

Former Solomons opposition leader to oversee public service cuts

2:45 pm on 16 September 2004

The former opposition leader of Solomon Islands, John Garo, has been given ministerial responsibility for the public service department.

Mr Garo, who left the opposition in June to become the minister of state assisting the prime minister, will now be in charge of the public sector reform.

Nairae Alamu will be his permanent secretary and the two are to oversee the reduction in the size of the public service in a bid to cut the payroll.

The government aims to retire or make redundant a total of 2,000 workers.

More than 1,000 public servants and police officers have left so far.