O'NEILL-DION GOVERNMENT LACKS OF TRANSPARENCY
WE ARE CONCERNED WITH THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE IN THE O’NEILL- DION GOVERNMENT.
WE ARE EQUALLY CONCERNED WITH THIS GOVT’S MISMANAGEMENT OF THIS COUNTRY, THROUGH ACTIONS AND INACTIONS THAT ARE OF GRAVE CONCERN
THE STORIES OF ALL THOSE INVOLED DO NOT ADD UP, SO IS BLACK MONEY OR SOMETHING VALUABLE INVOLVED?
THE OPPOSITION IS CONVINCED THAT THERE IS MORE TO IT, HENCE THE OPPOSITION WILL NOT REST UNTILL IT GET’S TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SAGA
-ALL RELEVANT AIRPORT SERVICES AT JACKSONS AIRPORT; CUSTOMS,IMMIGRATION, CAA (ESPECIALLY THE CONTROL TOWER) HAD NO IDEA THE PLANE WAS ON HIS WAY TO PNG
-PLANE’S ROUTE AND STOP OVER AT TROUBLE HOT SPOTS AND TAX HAVENS IS OF CONCERN
(Post Courier 7th Nov 2012)
By SUSAN MERRELL
THERE are 65 Papua New Guinean entities and/or individuals who own the 92 properties in Cairns, according to a report obtained from the Queensland Registrar of Titles.
Our investigations have uncovered their names, addresses of properties in Cairns and date of purchase between September 29, 2005 and October 16, 2012.
The report does not provide any details about the sources of financing for these properties and most of them have no doubt been acquired by honest means.
One owner of a property in the prestigious suburb of Trinity Park is a high-ranking public servant in the Department of Finance who has recently been arrested for fraud.
Businessman Eremas Wartoto who was committed for trial in absentia on October 2 in the PNG National Courts on allegations of the misappropriation of K7 million, is the owner of three properties - one with a swimming pool abutting the house. He is currently in Cairns.
SIX people including three government officials are behind bars for their alleged involvement in a foreign organised crime syndicate and official corruption.
The three officers include an officer from the Immigration Department, a Labour Department officer and an officer from the PNG Defence Force.
The other three are not government workers and include the ring leader and two of his accomplices who are said to be members a crime syndicate who had gone around impersonating Taskforce Sweep members and extorting money from foreigners and business houses in Port Moresby.
Taskforce boss John Bria told the Post Courier last night that the law is too big for any individual and these arrests must serve as a warning to all citizens, especially public servants who want to find a way to make easy money by stealing from the public.
MR BRIA said people in positions of authority and members of law enforcement agencies should not abuse their positions and betray the trust and confidence bestowed upon them by the State to serve the people of Papua New Guinea.
The Opposition is extremely concerned about the impact of a K6 billion Chinese Exim Bank loan which the O'Neil/Dion government has announced to fund infrastructure development in the country.
The Opposition viewed the concept as a fishy deal made by the O'Neil/Dion Government under the pretext of national interests that will only bring total foreign debt to the country.
In a press conference yesterday, Opposition leader Belden Namah says the loan represents a major risk to the stability of the budget and the country.
Mr Namah says the country is paying K460 million per annum in loan interests along and the attainment of that loan will definitely increase the figure much higher.
He challenged the Prime Minister to explain to the country why he's rushing to secure this loan without considering its impact on the economy, the budget and the implications it will have on the lives of the people.
Namah also questioned why the Department of Treasury which was the authorized agency under the Public Finance Management Act to negotiate and manage public loans on behalf of the state was not involved in the deal.
He further questioned why the Prime Minister intends to convert the Department of Works in to a state owned enterprise where the loan will be parked and managed outside of the Department of Treasury.
The Opposition Leader also wants details of an infrastructure development plan to be exposed if the government is serious about developing infrastructure in the country.