The National, Friday March 7th, 2014
Wau-Bulolo district administrator Tae Gwembalik presented the district support grant acquittals to the Department of Rural Development and Implementation in Waigani yesterday.
Acquittals were for the discretionary and nondiscretionary components.
Copies were provided to the Wau-Bulolo MP, acting provincial administrator, district treasurer and officers responsible for Mamose.
Gwembalik said the slight delay was caused by the prolonged ethnic conflict, which resulted in files and documents being moved to safe places and the audit conducted by the Morobe provincial audit unit.
Secretary of Department of Rural Development and Implementation Paul Saii commended the district for its work in reporting on activities in the district, including delivery of government services in a vast electorate such as Wau-Bulolo.
Saii said public servants must continue to identify programmes and activities that would contribute to progress of district, province and the country.
Gwembalik said that the DSG had assisted the district in terms of operations and attending to urgent problems and with the debate over the District Services Improvement Programme (DSIP).
“Some of the issues are the destruction of the Kumalu Bridge in Mumeng station affecting traffic, peace negotiations over the ethnic conflict as well as the need for national government intervention in dealing with displaced people living in unsanitary conditions at the temporary care centers,” Gwembalik said.
He invited the department to visit the district and assess the programmes and activities undertaken through DSG and DSIP and advise his administration on what could be done.