Funds

Motu- Koitabu poll funds needed

In a public statement released, Commissioner said he was disappointed that the Commission has yet to receive 900 thousand kina from the National Government and 600 thousand from the National Capital Commission.

He has now made a call to the National government and NCDC to urgently release the 1.5 million kina total funding to conduct the elections.

The Motu-Koitabu elections were now into the second week of campaigning, but ballot papers have yet to be printed because there are no funds.

PM brushes away Opposition’s claims

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch accused the Government of diverting K150 million to a separate account rather than the Disaster Trust Account set up on March 1, 2018.

He claimed that there has been no transparency on the restoration work carried out by the Controller of National Disaster state-of-emergency.

K7m for Wewak road unaccounted for

This was revealed by Works Minister, Michael Nali, in Parliament today.

He said this when questioned by East Sepik Governor Allan Bird where the funding was and when it could be released.

Governor Bird said the K10 million was approved on November 13th last year and a cheque given to the Works Department.

He said the next day, two contactors had arrived in Wewak to begin work but they stopped, believing it was contrary to finance management act.

JICA funds major projects in WNB

A ground-breaking ceremony was held in WNB on Monday by visiting delegation from Japan which included  Japan’s Ambassador to PNG Satosh Nakajima.

The Ambassador was accompanied by Works Secretary David Wereh, his deputy operations Steven Pup and the regional Works manager John Sitapai.

The project was funded by JICA at a cost of K80 million.

WNB Governor Sasindran Muthuvel thanked the people of Japan through JICA for this massive project.

Rural cuts ‘intolerable’ says Polye

 Mr Polye raised the concern when speaking at a gathering in the Central provincial government headquarter in Konedobu, Port Moresby, to launch the Goilala district’s projects valued at K6 million.

“Slashing funds of over 50 per cent of K15 million is intolerable and that downturn in commodity prices should not be an excuse.

“With the cash flow problem at hand we would be happy if at least K8 million was dished out.

“At the end of this year those of us in the Opposition received around K5 to K6 million from the budgetary appropriations,” he said.