2 Feb 2012

Vanuatu minister allegedly bypasses road tender rules

8:36 am on 2 February 2012

There is concern in Vanuatu that a coastal road on Ambae was built without putting the project out to tender.

The Daily Post says the project cost more than 130,000 US dollars and was allegedly approved by the Minister of Public Utilities, Harry Iauko.

The Tender Board Act says that a project worth 50,000 US dollars and more has to be put to tender.

The Chairman of the Tender Board, Ignace Liatlatmal, is reported as saying that his officers are on the case and anyone found to have broken the law will be prosecuted.