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Calls for Equal Share in DSIP Funds

Maprik MP John Simon raised questions in Parliament today, asking the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to confirm rumours that MPs in the Government side have received their DSIP funds ahead of opposition members.

“I have heard that a number of MPs on the other side have received their DSIPs already. They have received K1million,” MP Simon said.

The Prime Minister in response brushed aside the rumours saying he does not discriminate against any MPs in terms of equal share of district funds.

“I do not discriminate and you know this from the last five years you’ve been in Government,” The Prime Minister told Mr Simon.

Meanwhile, East Sepik Governor Allan Bird questioned the availability of functional grants, saying East Sepik Province is behind funding in its health sector resulting in a number of aid posts throughout the province shutting down.

In response, Treasurer Charles Abel said his reports do not reflect what the Governor said and a proper investigation will be carried out.

“We will look into the matter and I will release a report and funds will be made available to East Sepik and other Provinces who have are in this similar situation,” Abel said.

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