Audit and investigation needed in Tutu and Sariana ‘ghost projects’

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

THE Auditor General’s Office and Police are urged to audit and investigate the two ghost Aid post projects of Tutu and Sariana Wards (12 and 11) at Northwest Choiseul.

Northwest Choiseul’s Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) for Ward 12 at Varisi Lavata Hon Nerio Ulemiki stressed that the projects were more than $100,000 each over which the people of these Wards inside Northwest Constituency want to know why, where and how the monies for these two ghost projects were spent during the period of the former Provincial Assembly of Choiseul Province.

According to Hon Ulemiki, a small Aid post building was completed at Tutu since 2014 when the project was hand-delivered to the former MPA for Ward 12 Mr Gideon Panisaga. However, Tutu community during all these times suspect that the money had not been fully utilized.

“This is why a project completion report is also needed for transparency as earlier called for,” said Ulemiki.

Gideon Panisaga the former MPA for Ward 12 at Northwest Choiseul could not be reached over the weekend to response over this issue but nevertheless, in response during a recent interview when he was still in power, he told Island Sun that the project over Tutu’s Aid post had already been completed and that the matter queried is confused for Ward 11’s Aid post in which during that time, he said he still kept the money for when until the right responsible people over the project from that Ward approached him before he will release it under the knowledge of their MP.

From Hon Ulemiki’s call now, it seems that the projects investigated into since last year is still in a puzzle causing fed-up and suggestion that it is now high time the Auditor General’s Office and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) investigate the two ghost Aid projects.

The Aid post at Tutu is reported to stand idle to this day.

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