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Another restoration fund scam exposed in Oro

January 13, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

More revelations are emerging about how funds meant for the restoration of services in Oro Province after the 2007 Cyclone Guba disaster were spent.

Documents obtained from various sources show that 2.3 million kina was spent on  training and the purchase of cocoa seedlings from Rabaul. It was an unplanned activity that took out a  large chunk of restoration money belonging to the people of the Oro Province.

But the irregularities didn’t stop there. The cocoa seedlings  brought with taxpayers money were  given to a Dr. Lim –  a Malaysian employee of  the Popondetta based logging company, Embogo Sawmill.  Dr. Lim now owns Oro Agriculture Limited (OAL), despite rumours he is in the country illegally as he does not have a valid work permit. OAL has been tasked with the management and distribution of the cocoa seedlings.

People who have gone to OAL asking for cocoa seedlings have been told to submit documents stating the number of seedlings they want. That request is then sent to the Northern Province Restoration Authority (NPRA) office in Popondetta along with an invoice by OAL.  The seedlings are given to disaster affected communities only when NPRA  pays Dr. Lim’s company.

The arrangement has people asking why NPRA has to pay [using taxpayers money] a private Malaysian owned company to get cocoa seedlings when it initially funded there puchase

People in Oro Province are now calling on the Task Force Sweep team to investigate this cocoa operation and, more widely, the complete misuse of restoration funds.

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  1. dkopukoro
    January 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    what about the K20 Million education Restoration and maintenance grant earmarked for education alone. this funding was released since march. K2.5 million was used to purchase 16 vehicles for Oro Provincial Administration.K12.5 was used to pay contractors and outstanding debits for oro admin. Nothing was used on education. these has caused two senior officers with the Education Division to be suspended because they blew the whistle on the use of this funding. can the government look into these misuse,please.

  1. February 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm
  2. June 4, 2013 at 4:25 am

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