Member for Chuave and Vice Minister for Mines, Wera Mori, is deeply elated after the Ombudsman Commission certified annual returns for the Chuave electorate for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years.
Mr Mori said the certifications reflect prudent management practices employed by the Chuave Joint District Planning and Budget Priorities Committee, of which he is the Chairman.
Mr Mori said a letter from the office of the Secretary for Implementation and Rural Development was sent to him expressing these achievements.
He said the Chuave District Administration was commended for implementing projects according to the guidelines of the finance Management act.
“The District’s JDP and BPC under my leadership submitted acquittals for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years while officers from the department of Implementation and Rural Development were deployed in Chuave to carry out extensive audits into our projects,” Mr Mori said.
He said inspections and financial audits were carried out to ascertain the existence of school infrastructure projects; the disbursement of funds under the Small Medium Enterprises program and roads and bridges in the Chuave electorate.
Mr Mori, a veteran geologist by profession, said after his 2012 election victory, he found the life of a politician more confronting.
He said the cash-hand out mentality was deeply entrenched in the Highlands political culture where constituents expected politicians to dish out money.
“They seem to think the loot is being taken from a bottomless pit,” the MP said while making reference to the norm facing all PNG politicians.
“This culture is not only detrimental to tangible growth and development but politicians face the risk of going to jail, if they are forced to misappropriate public funds,” Mr Mori said.
The MP said the certification by the office of Implementation and Rural Development and the Ombudsman Commission are very encouraging and as such he would continue to discharge his duties within the principles of good management, one based on honesty, accountability and transparency.