The Motu Koita Assembly has now takenthe issue of outstanding entitlements tothe national level.
A report drafted tothe City Manager Leslie Alu will also be presented to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. The report states that NCDC owes over K50 million tothe assembly over a period of six years.
Chairman Miria Ikupu also called onthe Governor Powes Parkop, Moresby North West MP Michael Malabag and Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko to put aside political differences and work in unison.
Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko’s electorate covers most ofthe Motu Koita villages.
He said he is not going to go throughthe assembly to roll out infrastructure and social projects.
Assembly chairman Miria Ikupu saidthe assembly has not abused any funds allocated as alleged.
He said he respectsthe MP’s statements and will not stop him from performing his duties asthe MP concerned for the electorate.
However, he saidthe lack of funding commitment from NCDC since 2007 has disabledthe assembly’s efforts in delivering much needed services to its people.
He said a report has been drafted tothe city manager directingthe NCDC board and management to make available over K50 million outstanding entitlements tothe assembly.
The report stated that some funds were made payable by NCDC but never made it tothe Motu Koita Assembly accounts.
Mr. Ikupu said copies ofthe letter will be made available to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Governor Powes Parkop.
Mr. Ikupu saidthe assembly is calling onthe Prime Minister to launch an investigation intothe alleged missing funds.
He saidthe indigenous landowners have been deprived of major infrastructure and social projects overthe years and it is high time this problem be solved once and for all.
Bernadette Efi, National EMTV News