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More on the corruption in Madang and inaction of the Administrator

Madang Administrator Bernard Lange is refusing to acknowledge the considerable evidence of corruption within his organisation or do anything to deal with the problem.

The Chair of the Provincial Audit Committee has recently resigned over the indifference shown to its findings, as we revealed last week.

unfinished school classroom buildingA further small example of the problems within the Province is shown in the photographs of a school classroom at Gum on the  outskirts of Madang town. Bahubo Building Contractors was awarded the contract to build the classroom and work started in 2009 – but it has never been completed and the half-finished building is unusable. These is despite K100,000 having been paid out to the contractor.

The payments made were as follows: Cheque number 219719 dated 23/03/2009 for K50,000; Cheque number 222915 dated 22/09/2009 for K35,000; and Cheque number 227942 dated 14/12/2010 for K15,000. The last cheque was a final payment and when it was drawn all work on the classroom ceased.

close-up of the unfinished workIt is estimated the remaining work on the classroom will take about K30,000 to complete.

Bahubo Building Contractors have been paid K100,000 out of tax payers money to build a much needed classroom but have never completed the job. The Madang Administration has taken no steps to ensure the work is completed or recover the money paid.

The Madang Administration and Bahubo Building Contractors have defrauded the people of Papua New Guinea and cheated the pupils, staff and parents of Gum school.

interior of the unfinished building

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  1. June 28, 2013 at 9:14 am

    This is a deliberate theft from the public purse. The contractor should be behind bars by now.

    Oh, and I know of instances where photographs of finished and furnished buildings in other places were used for ghost projects in Karamui Salt Nomane.

    We are slowly getting to the bottom of it.

    • Bradley
      July 2, 2013 at 5:52 am

      Dr Wi, please get this information out to the public when the time is right. We need to know all the tricks these scoundrels use, so the people can mobilise against it!

  2. Auditor
    February 5, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Similar case happened in Madang where photos showing coconuts and power line poles of a ring road near Madamg town was attached on a claim for payment using funds for an other road in the Raicoast District where no works were done. The catch is; that location in Raicoat does not have so much coconuts and power supply so to have power line poles. This is the work of Provincial works Division of Madang Provincial
    Administration.

  1. August 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

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