Delay in DSIP Funds Affects District

The delay in the release of 2013 District Funds for the Vanimo Green Electorate has caused many projects in the district to come to a standstill.


The most affected are health and education infrastructure projects in the District.

The Vanimo Green Electorate is yet to receive its K7 million from last year’s District Services Improvement Program funds.


The Member for Vanimo Green and Opposition Leader, Belden Namah, and his Deputy Sam Basil were on a visit to the district to inspect the progress of infrastructure projects.


The Member for Bulolo has been very vocal about government holding back the DSIP for those that are in the opposition.


Projects amounting to hundreds of thousands of kina have been delayed due to the government delaying the release of DSIP funds for Vanimo Green.

One example of an incomplete project is the Health Centre along the West Coast road.


This project is co-funded by the Vanimo Green District, through its DSIP, and the Australian Government.


Staff housing and the Health Centre itself is still in its initial stages because the district does not have the funds from 2013 to counter fund the project.


While visiting the Don Bosco Technical School, Mr Namah told students and teachers that the government has punished the people by not releasing the funds for the district.


His concern was shared by Mr. Basil, who has been very vocal about government punishing the 5 open members and one Governor.


First payment of K3 million from last year’s K10 million was released to the district account last Friday.


From the K3 million, K20 000 will be put into the West Coast Urban Clinic for completion.

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