Labour spokesperson for the public sector Dr Helena Dalli gave a list of blunders committed by politically appointed decision-makers during a press conference last Thursday at the Labour National Centre in Hamrun. Dalli said that that the country is losing out on the investment in education and training when people, especially at decision-making levels, are chosen because of whom they know and not according to what they know.
Dr Dalli said that maladministration is costing the country millions of euros and it is taxpayers who have to foot the bill. She spoke of cases where people were not even qualified to apply for certain posts, and yet they were allowed to do so even though they were ineligible.
The Labour spokesperson said that this resulted from a PSC report in the case of the medical consultants and was not something which Labour was saying. She also spoke about the one million and three hundred euros the people would have to fork out to an architect who after he was ordered to do some work by a government official, was then not paid for this work.
Not only was the work done in vain because soon after there was a change of plans, but because the architect was not paid for his services, he (rightly so) started court proceedings and we now have to pay the hefty sum due, while those who committed the error carry on as though nothing happened.
But nobody is accountable and it is always the common citizen who ends up paying for the inefficiency and incompetence of certain decision-makers.
Dr Dalli also spoke of the mismanagement at Transport Malta and of how competent and qualified people were being side-lined, while those less competent and less qualified were promoted.
Helena Dalli said that we must make the best use of our human resources and make sure that meritocracy, transparency, accountability and efficiency become the qualities on which our public sector runs.