FULL REPORT RECOMMENDING PM TO BE INVESTIGATED
THE FULL OC REPORT IMPLICATING
- PETER PAIRE BARBER O'NEILL - PRIME MINISTER
- JAMES MARAPE - MINISTER FOR FINANCE AT THE TIME
- ISAAC "FAKE AMBASSADOR" LUPARI - CHIEF SECRETARY
- DR KEN NGANGAN - SECRETARY FOR FINANCE
- DAIRI VELE - SECRETARY FOR TREASURY
- PHILIP ELUDEME - FORMER CSTB CHAIRMAN
- WAPU SONK - CEO KPH
- CARL OKUK -LAWYER
Good and desirable governance of the public institutions as well as the nation is dependent upon good and sound management and decisions being made by those placed in responsible positions. Virtuous public officials and managers understand their roles and responsibilities and perform their duties within the ambit of the laws that governs their conduct. Public officials who are empowered by law to make decisions that will affect the lives of individuals must ensure that they carry out their duties in good faith and in compliance with the laws.
Public officials must exercise due diligence, honesty and dedication in the work they are entrusted with. Inconsistency in decision making or non-compliance with relevant laws creates doubt in the minds of the public that the decision maker has been influenced by outside sources and forces not conducive to good governance and accountability. Professional negligence must be dealt with seriously.
Some characteristics of good governance necessary to eliminate bad administrative practices include honesty, diligence, consistency, competency, compliance with established laws and procedures, and standing up to political interference.
This Report highlights irregularities in the borrowing of the UBS AG Loan and payments made to the Contractors; Pacific Legal Group Lawyers, Pacific Capital Ltd, UBS AG, Ashurst Lawyers, Norton Rose Fulbright of Australia and KPMG to provide finance, legal and technical services to facilitate documentations on the borrowing. It also highlighted that the Department of Treasury failed to request a Brief-Out from the Department of Justice & Attorney-General to engage private Lawyers or Legal Firms. It further highlighted the abuse of the Certificate of Inexpediency by the Central Supply & Tenders Board and the Department of Treasury.
The National Executive Council, the Office of the Prime Minister, Department of Treasury, the Department of Finance, the Central Supply & Tenders Board failed to live up to the expectation of the people and State in complying with the administrative processes and procedures and the Acts governing the operation of the Department.
The officers of the Department of Treasury are to take note of the findings and recommendations made in this Report and make special effort to correct the irregularities for the good of the Department and the people of Papua New Guinea.
The leaders to whom the Ombudsman Commission directs its recommendation are to carefully consider the recommendations and implement them.
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