The National, Tuesday July 16th, 2013
THE delivery of basic government services in Chimbu needs honest public servants, senior provincial treasury officer Charles Okuk says.
Okuk said the public services machinery system had a major problem because of unproductive public servants who manipulated the government system.
“I represent all the stakeholders and people of Chimbu,” he said.
Okuk said services delivery was insufficient and required major changes to see an improvement.
“Ghost companies have been registered with the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) and funds have been diverted for other means and not for the purpose intended,” he said.
He said as a result public funds had gone missing.
“The condition of our roads and bridges are very poor, health and education facilities are lacking, mothers are dying in labour and children lack good education are some of the problems,” Okuk said.
He said the IPA was required to do a thorough company search before the release of IPA certificates to companies and contractors.
“(Ghost firms registering) is happening and public servants are conducting their own business and it is questionable how some own a fleet of vehicles,” Okuk said.
He said the Task Force Sweep team had investigated the provincial treasurer’s office.
“I just hope for the good of the Chimbu people it does not get swept under the carpet,” he said.