Ijivitari MP David Arore has hit back at Oro Governor Gary Juffa over allegations of improper procedures to obtain K5 million kina for road works inthe province.
Mr Arore confirmed to EMTV News thatthe 5 million kina was requested by him in 2011. He explained proper procurement procedures were followed.
Last weekthe Oro Governor revealed documents which he said failed to meetthe requirements for the awarding ofthe contract for road projects in Ijivitari District.
The first document did not have vital documentation such as company profile, and budget costing’s but was submitted tothe Works Department for approval of funds.
“This may be some sought of attempted fraud so I’ve written tothe Secretary for Works andthe Minister for Works and I’ve also spoken to both ofthem and advisethem that I’m putting a stop to this,” said Governor Juffa.
Ijivitari MP David Arore; however, arguesthe Five Million Kina went throughthe right procurement process withthe funds handed tothe provincial supply and tenders board.
“Procurement process for that Five Million Kina has been completed and done because it is appropriated and allocated under Ijivitari District whichthe funds were allocated and not under Oro Provincial Government funding,” says Arore.
He’s called onthe governor to concentrate on service delivery, instead of acting like an investigator.
He saidthe province is in dire need of services, social indicators are very poor.
“I would like to appeal tothe governor to sit down inthe province and start working. He promisedthe people of Oro province that immediately a month after his election he would be residing in Oro province and to deliver services to our people andthe people are still waiting,” Arore’said.
Mr Arore has been re-instated asthe Minister for office of higher education after being suspended early this year.