Haiveta calls MPs to stop spreading wrong information

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GULF Governor Chris Haiveta, pictured, has urged Moresby North–West MP Sir Mekere Morauta to stop spreading misinformation in the media about the Minerals Resource Development Company and its subsidiaries.
Haiveta also called on all MPs to also stop misleading the House, other leaders and the people with unverified information.
He told fellow MPs in Parliament last Friday that they had to be careful and to check their facts properly before raising questions on the floor.
Haiveta said Sir Mekere had not heeded the advice and continued to make statements that were not entirely correct in the media using information fed to him by disgruntled ex– MRDC employees who had breached their employment contracts and ex-landowner board members who breached their fiduciary duties.
“All the investments Sir Mekere is referring to are investment decisions made by respective subsidiary boards, not MRDC,” he said.
“They are completely independent from each other.
“As a board member of MRDC subsidiary Petroleum Resources Gobe (PRG), I want to assure Sir Mekere that the accounts of PRG are in order.
“These accounts have been audited to 2016 and for the first time they are fully compliant with the Trust Deeds,” he said.
“The accounts for 2017 and 2018 are being worked on and will be completed in October, in compliance with the Companies Act and other relevant laws.”
Haiveta said questions about the use of PRG’s K30 million had been dealt with by the PRG board and PRK and were commercial transactions.
“The person who raised the allegations in relation to this matter initially was not in the board meeting that authorised the transaction and does not know what happened even though he received proper notice to attend.
“No money was stolen or misappropriated from PRG, as suggested.”
Haiveta said a full and independent audit was underway into the use of funds in the Star Mountain Plaza Ltd project which would be completed by the end of the month.
“The audit will give us a clear picture of how the funds were spent, including the state’s K316 million.
“I would like to respectfully request Sir Mekere to wait until that report comes out and is made public through the minister responsible which leads me to question his motives for raising the same issues again and again in the media,” he said.
“Is he out to deliberately discredit Prime Minister James Marape, who is the minister responsible and shareholder of MRDC, who has given him a commitment on the floor to give a full account of MRDC?
“Does he not trust PM Marape’s words of commitment?”
Haiveta said the SMPL was a landmark project that was employing over 350 Papua New Guineans directly in Sir Mekere’s Moresby North West electorate and providing other spin– off opportunities to communities and families in the electorate and NCD.
“He should be grateful for the investment and the returns it is providing to his electorate,” he said.
“Our landowners are happy with their investment.
“It will deliver solid returns.
“It will provide jobs and spin-off opportunities now and into the future,” he said.
“It is now time for action and not just words to show that Sir Mekere stands up and supports his people of Port Moresby North West.”

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