IT is shocking that the Office of the Prime Minister and other responsible agencies of Government have not found it necessary to inquire into what is unfolding at the MRDC and inform the public to reduce their worries about the Government’s resolve on curbing corruption.
We have the chairman of the Trustee Company, the Petroleum Resources Gobe Ltd (PRG) Philip Kende and the managing director (MRDC) Augustine Mano engaged in open war of words over a K30.3mil which disappeared just weeks before the vote of no-confidence and there is plenty of speculation surrounding it.
Chief secretary Isaac Lupari is the chairman of the board – MRDC.
He would be in a exceptional position to assist the Government and inform the Project Area Landowners what the truth is about the missing millions of kina not only the K30.3mil but also the K200mil reported in the newspapers in December last year.
The Minister for Petroleum would need to ensure that the
Department of Petroleum and Energy is still responsible for
policy issues in the sector and not stand by and have this function or parts of it performed by someone else such as overseeing the GLC process.
We would really like to believe that the days of “if you are politically connected, you can do anything” are gone but cannot begin to talk about “Taking back PNG” when
we still have an environment where the politically connected feel they can still continue to do anything.
Only when we have overcome all of the above and more can we begin to feel that we are Taking back PNG.
Supporter for Taking back PNG.
Mack Lone Bolan