This is one of the worst crimes Powes has committed in his term as the Governor. He used Section 6 of the NCDC Act he initially criticized to bypass tender procedures to award this contract.
An independent engineer or engineering firm must verify the value of this contract. Better still, Governor must reveal the Scope of Works for this contract. Otherwise, this contract can be labelled as a crook deal and I can bet a hundred bucks that Powes has got a handsome slice in this deal.
If this is a daylight robbery, Powes must be prosecuted and jailed, just like other ordinary Papua New Guineans who have been tried in court and prosecuted.