The National, Friday 17th May 2013
MPs have been urged to use government funding allocated to provinces and districts properly.
National Planning Minister Charles Abel said as committee members of the joint district planning and budget priority committees (JDP&BPC), governors and MPs must see through development projects.
He was answering Nawaeb MP Gisuwat Siniwin’s query on who should control the K5 million funding allocated to MPs through the provincial governments.
Abel said all MPs should work together to provide services to their people.
“All MPs and governors should meet together as part of the committee and discuss how to use funds for priority development projects,” he said.
“All the members can decide and agree to put their funding together for development purposes for one of their MP’s districts and then move to the other districts in the following years.
“There are no laws or binding restrictions. But through framework policies the provincial governor is the head of the JDP&BPC.”
Abel said MPs should not concern themselves with the control and management of the funding but exert their leadership through a team effort to provide services to people.