Posted By Staff Reporter
Provincial Support Improvement Program (PSIP) funds of K10 million each year earmarked for all provinces are not going to the provinces consequently delaying vital service delivery, Oro Governor Gary Juffa says.
He said yesterday (21.07.16) that out of the K10 million for Oro Province only K1 million was allocated only this month as the balance was still outstanding.
He said other constitutional grants meant for the provinces were not being allocated as the days and months were approaching the year end.
Juffa said if the National Government failed to allocate grants to the provinces as stipulated by the constitution, he had no option but to take the government to court so these funds are paid and vital services were delivered to the people.
“We cannot sit back and allow this heartless government to mislead the people of this nation. Our people deserve better and for the government for failing to allocate such grants is a slap on the face of the rural populace,” he said.
He also called on other provincial governors if they were treated the same as him and if they were, they should come out and speak for the good of their people.
Juffa also added that the government’s most fancied Tuition Fee Free Education (TFFE) was not working well for his province as schools in Oro were running out of funds and about to close down due to non-payments.
Most schools have been forced to close down due to non-payment of TFFE and his provincial government had to rescue them with little funds they had, he said.
“We cannot allow kids to be sent home early due lack of fees so we decided to rescue those boarding schools so students are kept in school until they got paid, he said.
Juffa said the government should “honestly” state the financial position of the country and not to mislead the public by camping out in Milne Bay as if all was well for the nation.
“We have serious breakdown in the civil society and the government should take a serious look at addressing those issues than passing the buck and blaming others for their own incompetency,” he said
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