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Public Servants engaged by the Government to work on special assignments and projects, and paid extra allowances apart from their salaries, will be investigated and prosecuted.
Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill says this is illegal.
He said this when responding to Chuave MP Wera Mori, on why certain officers attached with the Department of Mineral Policy and Geo-Hazards Management, have allegedly paid themselves close to a million kina, when working on the Wafi Golpu Project in Morobe Province.
Mr. O'Neill says, the officers should not be paying themselves extra money apart from their own salaries, because this is illegal and should not be allowed.
"In the N-E-C, there is no extra allowance for anybody.
"They are already paid State employees.
"Our public servants continue to want extra allowances for work they are already paid to do.
"And most of them are getting reasonable salaries.
"Its not as if they are getting K400 or K500 a fortnight.
"They are getting into the thousands.
"I will certainly ask the Minister and his department to investigate this, and if we find that these allowances were paid to these officials, we will get the necessary agencies of Government to prosecute them, and of course, try recover those monies," Mr. O'Neill told Parliament. NBC News/ PNGfacts
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