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The new Kiribati Secretary to Cabinet Tessie Eria Lambourne has been sworn-in at the Kiribati Maneaba in Bairiki Monday.
Lambourne who is now the fourth woman in Kiribati to have been appointed to this very important and highest government portfolio took her oath in front of President Taneti Maamau, Cabinet Ministers, Secretaries, Chief Justice, Police Commissioner and KUC Moderator.
“I, Tessie Eria Lambourne, swear by the almighty God that I will well and truly serve the independent and sovereign Republic of Kiribati and will at all times use my best endeavors to preserve as required by law the secrecy of all information, documents and other articles to which I shall have access as Secretary to the Cabinet and generally as a public officer. So help me God”.
In his remarks, President Taneti Maamau compared Lambourne’s oath-taking with signing a contract with the government and people of Kiribati.
“In a nut shell, oath-taking is like a contract. A contract between the person taking an oath with those who will be witnessing and will be benefiting from the oath taken,” said President Maamau.
“And so Tessie this time is the new Secretary to the Cabinet and to mark the resumption of such a responsibility, is marked by the signing of an oath to remind her that she has an important duty to deliver, an important duty to perform to the people of Kiribati through the public service as well as to God”.
“Now I challenge Tessie to try and do a lot better than her predecessors, to raise the performance of the public service to a new height and also in terms of making sure that the performance is comparable with the outcomes”.
“So her duty, her role as Secretary to the Cabinet encompasses all or is more enlarging. Not just look after those in the public service, she has also to take care the people of Kiribati at large and also those outside of Kiribati because as head of the public service and as principal advisor the government, she has those double roles. She can be a civil servant and at the same time she can also put her hat as a politician, said President Maamau.
SOURCE: RADIO KIRIBATI/PACNEWS
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