A group of councillors from the Lae Urban LLG gathered outside Lae City Council office this morning demanding to see the city management after project funds weren’t paid on time.
The frustration escalated when the City Council management didn’t turn up for a meeting this morning.
The employees of the city council have not been to work since electricity was cut a month ago.
The group including councillors and contractors gathered today at the Lae City Council office to get a response from the management on why their payments of claims were delayed.
Carol Yawing, the Councillor for ward 2 expressed her concern on the submission of one of her projects to city council delayed since 2014.
The delays are affecting five year development plans in their respective areas.
Contractors who were also present said their payments of written cheques by the City Council couldn’t be processed due to unavailability of funds in the administration’s account.
Topcy Abu is one of the contractors who is owed more than K43, 000 dating back to 2013.
Billy Kimsin, Councillor for ward 6 questioned when the authorities will sort out the ongoing issue which has been a concern for almost two years.
The yearly allocation of K360, 000 for each ward in the city is still outstanding.
Kimsin said the councillors have been working on their own without support from higher authorities.