Oro Provincial Government still await Government grants

Oro Provincial Government has not received any National Government grants since November last year, says Oro Governor Gary Juffa.

He said this means that vital services such as health, education and law and order are significantly affected.

 “Oro Administration has had no funds since November 2015,” Juffa said.

“As of this morning (yesterday) warrants for the months of November and December 2015, February and March 2016 have been received with no actual cash in the bank.

“January 2016 did not get warrants or cash.

Juffa said public servants are getting paid, but with no functional grants public servants are unable to deliver government programs.

“Meanwhile, Assembly Services and Governors staffs are often paid several fortnights late.

“At times I have had to assist when and where I can. It has been quite frustrating to say the least.”

Juffa added that the province internal revenue of K2 million per annum is grossly insufficient to maintain basic services.

“We have no choice but to contemplate suing the National Government and I are all Governors affected to consider a mass lawsuit on behalf of their people,” Juffa told Loop PNG.

He added that he is still waiting for response from Treasury Minister Patrick Pruaitch and Secretary Treasury Dairi Vele after many attempts to get answers.


Charles Yapumi