The National, Friday, 27th May 2011
PARLIAMENT and the executive government must accept that they have failed the people of Papua New Guinea, the Public Accounts Committee said.
In its report on 2007 public accounts, the PAC recommended that both parliament and the executive government must accept that they had failed to enforce and demand lawful and proper fiscal accountability for the use of and transaction of public monies, property and stores.
Among others, it said:
.The national parliament must accept that the public service has failed to lawfully and properly manage, apply and account for public monies, for years;
.Parliament must recognise that the result of its failure has been to cede fiscal power to unelected and unaccountable officers of the public service;
.Parliament must accept that this failure has resulted in the development and protection of significant abuses of public monies by the very persons charged with lawfully managing and applying public monies;
. It must accept that this failure has resulted in deteriorating services to our people and a failed system of delivering development to our citizens;
.It must accept that by 2007 and continuing to the present, no one department will or is capable of complying with all lawful requirements of fiscal accounting; and
.It must accept that this collapse is so complete that almost no agency could, or can now, reconcile or account or account for its own internal financing much less deal with or apply development or service orientated appropriations.