By Jana Zoriry – EMTV Online
The 2016 and half of 2017 DSIP Acquittal reports are still outstanding for Anglimp South Waghi District.
This was revealed by the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) last Friday (31 August, 2018) during the presentation of the District’s second half of 2017 DSIP Acquittal reports by District representatives.
District Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joseph Mangro says they have written several letters and correspondences to the previous regimes requesting for missing documents to be returned but have not gotten any response.
“We don’t have any documents including assets registry that will support our reporting as well as to implement our projects and programs in the district.
“All our documents for the previous administration were deliberately hidden or misplaced, therefore we have to start all over again,” Mr Mangro explained.
Mangros also highlighted that vehicles and machineries purchased under DSIP by the former administration were still missing.
The recovery process ended in court battles with the administration and contractors over outstanding bills.
DIRD Acting Secretary Aihi Vaki explained that assets including vehicles and machineries purchased under public funds belong to the State.
“The custodians have no authority or whatsoever to claim those fleets which were purchased during the previous regime,” says Vaki.
Local MP Joe Kuli added that despite the obstacles, the district is prepared to deliver basic government services to its 130,000 people.
Meanwhile Vaki has also called on provincial and district administrations throughout the country to consult DIRD for technical advice when implementing Services Improvement Program (SIP).
“Some key public servants in the provinces and districts throughout the country lacked adequate competency to manage services improvement programs,” says Vaki.
Source: DIRD Press Release