MPG hits back over salary delay saga


MALAITA Provincial Government has lashed out at critics over this week’s salary delay saying it is a one-off occurrence, and does not reflect the provincial admin’s good work.

This week’s salary for Malaita provincial workers did not come through the normal Wednesday.

In a state of confusion, provincial workers and sympathisers took to social media voicing their frustrations and fear that this might be the start to a new trend of delayed salary, or an indication of low cash flow for the province.

MPG’s admin explained that it had reached an understanding with the ministry of provincial governance (MPGIS) in ensuring that its salary portion has a separate bank account to be self-administered.

The admin furthered that under the understanding, it also recognised that MPG must not also touch the salary account for any other usage.

“We divided the fund and we are ensuring that the salary portion must not touch. This is a mechanism in place and it has been guiding MPG’s execution of its grants.

“MPG created that by way of avoiding situation experienced in the past where staffs are paid with bag rice, also for staffs to receive their salaries accordingly.

“So, we are performing well in terms of salaries, and the situation had just faced doesn’t reflect MPG and the mechanism it has been executing on its salary,” it said.

The admin said MPG as a public and statutory institution must ensure proper planning to be in place on how to spends its funds. And the salary account created is part of it.

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