TI-PNG backs Dion on corruption fight

National, Normal

TRANSPARENCY International-PNG (TI-PNG) supports East New Britain Governor Leo Dion’s recent comments expressing concern at the level of corruption that has taken hold on Government systems.
These systematic networks have been detailed on the Department of Finance Commission of Inquiry report.
TI-PNG chairman Peter Aitsi said: “We are aware the public has lost all confidence in the Government systems.
“It seems the user pay policy has now been extended to even what used to be considered as essential and basic public services.
“We understand Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare is concerned at the brazenness of these corrupt people who ply their trade in the corridors of Parliament house.
“This must stop now,” Mr Aitsi.
“If no action is taken, whatever wealth that LNG brings will only go to further line the pockets of a few.”
TI-PNG urges the Government to push forward with the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS).
“The organisations that are currently reviewing the NACS must play their role to protect public interest.
“The NACS needs to be in place to help rebuild the governance environment within our Government system and help restore the public’s confidence in the systems that are meant to protect their interests,” Mr Aitsi said.
He said TI-PNG was concerned the planned launch of the NACS in March 2010 would be further delayed.
“The NACS should be given attention to ensure the implementation of Sir Michael’s vision for improvements in Government and public services,’’ he said.