The CEO of Lae’s District Development Authority, Robin Calistus, says funding for ward areas in Lae District has been disbursed late because of delays in Port Moresby.
Calistus was responding to Ward Councillors who complained that they were not able to roll out projects due to a lack of funding.
The councillors of the six wards in Lae Urban last month questioned why funds were not available on time through the district office.
Billy Kinsim, on behalf of the councillors said the provincial government and the district office should explain the delay in District Service Improvement Program (DSIP) funds, and the Local Level Government (LLG) Service Improvement Program.
In response to this, Calistus said the office is waiting for a response from the Department of National Planning and Monitoring.
The delay in DSIP funds is still a concern for ward councillors, as their terms in office have been shortened by one year.
Despite that the councillors are still waiting for their projects passed by the District Development Authority (DDA) to be implemented.
Calistus says it is unfortunate that DSIP funds are not available on time to implement the DDA projects.