Government debt to Nambawan Super

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that the Treasurer’s statement that the Government would consider issuing a bond for K230 million to settle the amount owed to Nambawan Super for public servants who have already retired was a step forward in resolving the long-standing problem for the retirees. “It is not an ideal situation but it is much better than nothing,” Sir Mekere said. “These former public servants should have received their entitlements in full, including the Government’s contribution, when they retired. It is their legal entitlement. It is a disgrace that the Government can give higher priority to expenditure such as APEC rather than paying public s

Fix the hole in the bucket, Prime Minister

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today it is time for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to stop talking and start acting, to stop blaming others for the mess the nation is in, and to introduce an immediate program of reform and reconstruction. “I have been warning for many years that Mr O’Neill has squandering opportunities for future national development and prosperity, and now we can see the devastating consequences every day, including the response to the earthquake,” Sir Mekere said. “The inadequacy of the Government’s relief effort is obvious. Even Mr O’Neill himself recognised that when he said he was disappointed with the ‘slow start’. “It would not surprise me i

Years of living dangerously

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that for the last three years Papua New Guinea had been living dangerously, thanks to the actions of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. “Now those dangers are engulfing the nation,” he said. “The Prime Minister’s tardy response to the earthquake is an example. The corruption, waste and mismanagement he has presided over in recent years has crippled Papua New Guinea’s finances and all but destroyed the economy. ”Severe cash flow problems are getting worse by the day – last fortnight the Government had to scrabble round looking for sufficient funds to pay public servants. The foreign exchange crisis has not abated despite Mr O’Neill’

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