Posted By Staff Reporter
A PAPUA New Guinean who was a former NDoH procurement officer had tendered for the procurement and supply of pharmaceutical drugs for a Chinese company although he was not an employee.
This was revealed at the PAC inquiry yesterday.
L&Z Enterprise Logistics Company (L&Z)’s owner-director Hong L Ling told the PAC that general manager for logistics Paul Pio, who was not attached with the company at the time of the bidding, had approached him and asked him to tender for the NDoH contract.
The Chinese-owned company was awarded two government contracts valued at more than K17 million to supply and distribute routine medical supplies and medical kits for the Southern Region.
PAC deputy chairman Gary Juffa said he was surprised how a Chinese company that had no history, experience and capacity on logistics was awarded the contract when other companies such as the PNG Postal Services that had the experience and capacity was turned down.
Pio said the company won the contract due to his 20 years of experience and that his name was stated as the proposed managing director in the tender documents. The National /PNGfacts
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