The National, Wednesday October 23rd, 2013
LAE Mayor, Koim Leahy has joined Morobe Governor KellyNaru in questioning the whereabouts of the K100 million allocated by the government for the upgrading of city roads.
Leahy said businesses and the people of Lae and Morobe were deprived of good roads while the money was sitting in an account and not being used as intended.
Works Minister, Francis Awesa said recently the K100 million was intact and being held in a trust account.
Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru earlier questioned the whereabouts of the fund.
Leahy said the money should be released because businesses as well as the public were entitled to good roads as promised by the government.
“I have yet to see evidence of the money and the truth must come out about the whereabouts of this funding and when it will be released,” he said.
Leahy said one of the projects to have benefitted from the funding was the section of Bumbu Road from Anderson’s Supermarket, at Eriku, to Bumbu Bridge, at Kamkumung.
“Work started on this road two years ago and it still unusable … motorists and the public are suffering while the K100 million is parked in some account somewhere,’’ he said.
In a joint press conference this week, the treasury and finance ministers said the money had already been given to the Works Department.