Wenge cries foul over missing K25m

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MOROBE Governor Luther Wenge has queried the Government on the whereabouts of about K25 million allocated for the maintenance of Lae city roads.
A total of K50 million was budgeted for this purpose with only K25 million used.
Mr Wenge said Lae was growing at a very fast rate but its roads were the worst in the country, especially with potholes everywhere.
He said K50 million was given to the Morobe Treasury but half of that amount was withdrawn later and diverted to some trust accounts in Waigani.
He also questioned why no contracts had been awarded to maintain the roads.
“Minister for Transport, I want you to come with me to Lae and see the two concrete pavement roads I built seven years ago; I assure you that they are still in the best of conditions,” Mr Wenge said
Transport Minister Don Polye, in response, said while he was aware of K25 million being allocated to the Morobe Treasury for road maintenance but had no idea about the other half.
Mr Polye said the issue of contracts was beyond his jurisdiction.