**** PM O’Neill: Contractors to be Held Accountable as More Schools and Classrooms Built Around Papua New Guinea ****
4th December 2017
With more schools and classrooms being built around the Nation, contractors will be held accountable for every Toea in public funds they are given for construction.
That is the clear message delivered by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, when opening a new classroom building in in Kimbe, West New Britain Province.
“Continuing to improve education is our government’s commitment to our future generations.
“Better education provides the greatest hope for our children, particularly in remote and rural areas.
“In 2018 we have allocated 1.29 billion Kina for the Education Sector, which is nearly nine per cent of National Budget. This is an increase of 13 per cent from the 2017 Supplementary Budget.
“We have placed more than an additional one million students in school over the past five years, and now we are applying additional focus on improving the quality of education.
“Now we are building more schools and classrooms right around the country.”
The Prime Minister issued a stern warning to all companies involved in the construction of school projects, that public money will be fully accounted for and documented.
“Many times the Government has given contracts to certain contractors who fail to complete their jobs and run off with payments.
“This must stop and we are looking back at previous contracts to identify any irregularities for further investigation.
“It is vital for our children to have proper buildings to learn, and any time there is fraud this deprives our children of their right to education.
“We also have seen a number of builders that have delivered high-quality school buildings, and their commitment and accountability is helping us to advance the Nation.”
In opening the new classroom building at the Waisisi Primary School in the Talasea District, West New Britain Province, PM O’Neill congratulated all who had worked on the project.
“As I officially open this newly built classroom building, today, I thank the school board and the builders for doing an outstanding job.”
The Prime Minister further noted the growth that was occurring in the Talasea District and said the Government has met with the Boundaries Committee and have decided that Talasea District will soon become two districts, given it’s vast population and land boundaries.