Acting Madang Provincial Administrator

Treasury staff confronted for delay in funds

John Bivi blasted the Provincial Treasury office staff for not adhering to instructions from his office.

He claimed that some of the staff have taken sides and involved politics in their duties, which resulted in funds being delayed.

Bivi further reiterated that a collective effort is needed from each and every one of them to bring services to the province.

The staff, on the other hand, told Bivi: “These funds are not from our internal revenue so we could have a say in it. These function grants are tied grants.”

Council members tender resignation over mismanagement claims

A spokesperson (name withheld) told this newsroom that they disagreed with the way funds were being used as well as appointments being made, hence the tendering of resignation with the Provincial Affairs and Inter-Government Relations Department.

“For example, a cheque totaling over K1 million was issued last Friday while our Treasurer has been sidelined, making way for a crony to take up the post,” alleged the group.

“We hope our resignation will attract attention to the way our province is being run.”