5 Sep 2014

PNG Education Minister reveals staggering bills

3:49 pm on 5 September 2014

Papua New Guinea's Education Minister has revealed that repair bills for National Capital District schools are a staggering 125 million US dollars.

The Post Courier reports Nick Kuman told parliament the information is contained in final audit reports of the Finance Department which detailed shocking high costs by contractors since 2007.

He admitted that half of the claims are bogus and that the reports did not list whether projects were completed, incomplete or not done at all.

He has referred the audit back to Finance Department to include these.

Responding to questions from the Kikori MP Mark Maipakai, Mr Kuman said the audit failed to conclude the level of corruption that took place in the procurement process and the accounting process.